Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you will never cease to grow.
Anthony J. D'Angelo
As education is denied to Dalit community due to the existence of extreme poverty, hunger, illiteracy and ill health followed by the exploitation of other upper community, RL Rosario the founder of POPE strongly felt that there was a need for developing child development centre to help, prepare, equip and support the under privileged children who are the bonded labourers, child labourers, pledged children, drop out children, street children and the children of frustrated environments. He is a practicing lawyer, a human right activist and an architect of building a movement to empower the Dalit community Education is the primary activity of any developmental functions.
After 17 years of service to the Dalit community, especially for women, youth and children, POPE has obtained land at Thallakulam of Kilpennathur block. POPE has decided to develop Thallakulam centre for child development programmes and few other activities, which are useful for the empowerment of the Dalit community.
Thallakulam is situated as such, it is easily reachable to the Dalit community of entire Tiruvannamalai district and most specifically it is situated close to Thurinjapuram block, Kilpennathur block and Tiruvannamalai block.
Dalit children’s education and empowerment centre was newly constructed and inaugurated on 06.12.2006. The fully furnished building has the following provisions:
The ground for:
The first floor:
The first floor construction was completed in May 2007. This new first floor building will be used for the following purposes:
Now 35 boys are living here (7–16 years old) who are from the earlier remedial residential school at Somasipadi (Suvasam). They are going to the nearby Government Higher Secondary School by bus.
The children are getting the following benefits at Thallakulam:
Over all, POPE’s goal is to enable the under privileged Dalit children to be the responsible Citizen of India with self-sufficiency and self-determination and progress in life on par with or more than equal to the privileged non-Dalit children. And its objectives are:
Sometimes educational tours are also arranged to visit Sathanur Dam and Gingee Fort. The christian children are going to the nearby Catholic Church regularly on every Sunday and also trained in different fine arts, songs, games, karate courses, swimming, paintings, gardening, games, etc. They are participating in few competitions and participate in all Education Programs of Thallakulam centre.
This building is dedicated for the leadership development and empowerment of Dalit children.
"A person’s success is determined
by the games of his childhood”.
A Tamil Saying