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Man-made disaster in Dalit colonies of Dharmapuri district


Tiruvannamalai, 14th November 2012


Dear Sir, Dear Madem,


Greetings, please find below the report of the Violence Against Dalits in Dharmapuri District on 7th November 2012. The affected people are living without any assets, so POPE is planning to involve in Relief process for this helpless people by the means of cloths, mats, school bags, notebooks, cooking vessels etc.


I am requesting your mercy for these affected Dalits.


Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,




Dharmapuri district disaster 14 11 2012
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Une catastrophe humaine parmi la colonie dalit dans la région de Dharmapuri

Tiruvannamalai, le 14 novembre 2012



Mesdames, Messieurs,


Veuillez trouver ci-dessous notre rapport concernant les violences à l'encontre des Dalits dans le district de Dharmapuri le 7 novembre 2012. Les personnes touchées ont perdu tous leurs biens, ainsi POPE prévoit de se porter au secours de ces pauvres gens en leur procurant des vêtements, des nattes, des cartables, des cahiers, des ustensiles de cuisine, etc.


Je demande votre aide pour ces Dalits affectés.


En vous remerciant,

Très sincérement.




Président - POPE


Dharmapuri district disaster 14 11 2012
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The south-east of India is hit by Cyclone Nilam


Le cyclone Nilam a frappé la côte Est de l'Inde 



Wednesday 31st October 2012


We have very strong rain since yesterday, we had a big storm and cyclone formed in Bay of Bengal near Chennai. The Governments of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry announced the Government Holiday today. The Cyclone hit severely the Northern districts of Tamilnadu and also Pondicherry. It starts to move from sea at 4.30 pm and we are having big storm and rain, the losses in the coastal belt are not yet calculated. The both state Governments announced one day more holiday for the Educational Institutions and Colleges.



Mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Il pleut très fort depuis hier, nous avons eu une grosse tempête et un cyclone s'est formé dans la baie du Bengale près de Madras. Les gouvernements du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry ont annoncé que les élèves seront en vacances aujourd'hui. Le cyclone a frappé durement les régions du nord du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry également. Il a commencé à se déplacer vers 16 heures 30, nous avons de gros orages et de grosses pluies, les pertes sur la côte ne sont pas encore évaluées. Les gouvernements des 2 Etats ont annoncé un jour de fermeture supplémentaire de tous les établissements scolaires.

RL Rosario
Directeur de POPE




Friday 9th November 2012


Fortunately the Nilam Storm has not affected to much the Tamil Nadu but it destroyed few places in Andhra Pradesh.


The cyclone killed eight people in Tamil Nadu and three in Andhra Pradesh. It also destroyed more than 200 electric posts and about 100 trees were uprooted in Chennai. About 3,800 people have been evacuated in Mahaballipuram.


Chennai Law colleges exam has been postponed.




Vendredi 9 novembre 2012


Heureusement, Nilam n'a pas trop touché le Tamil Nadudu mais il a détruit des centaines de maisons ainsi que des centaines d'hectares de champs de coton ou de riz en Andhra Pradesh.


Le cyclone a tué huit personnes dans le Tamil Nadu et trois dans l'Andhra Pradesh. Il a également détruit plus de 200 poteaux électriques et environ 100 arbres ont été déracinés à Madras. Environ 3.800 personnes ont été évacuées à Mahaballipuram.


Les étudiants en droit de Madras ont vu leurs examens reportés.


RL Rosario

Director POPE


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Chennai, today!

Develop a passion for learning.

If you do, you will never cease to grow.


Anthony J. D'Angelo 

Dalit Children Development Centre (DCDC) – THALLAKULAM

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:

  • Two dormitory type rooms.
  • One study room
  • One guest room
  • One kitchen
  • One office.


The first floor:


The first floor construction was completed in May 2007. This new first floor building will be used for the following purposes:

  • Child care and development
  • Children’s counseling
  • Children’s summer camp
  • Teachers / Parents / Children / community meetings.
  • Library


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:

  • Free residence
  • Free Nutritive meals
  • Health care and periodical health check up
  • Encouraging the children into difficult talents / skill development.
  • Educational tuition at centre
  • Care, counseling and parenting provided by a housefather.
  • Free dress/ bags / baggages.
  • Free books
  • Payment of school fee / sports fee etc.
  • Free transport facility.


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:

  • To develop general awareness among Dalit children, comparable with privileged Non Dalit children.
  • To develop social consciousness and determine to achieve Dalit empowerment.
  • To equip them to undertake professional courses after +2 level and get good marks in 10th Standard and +2 public examinations.
  • To build up their body free from diseases and provide curative treatment services for their development.
  • To develop the mental health so as to achieve life goals.
  • To equip them to cope up with various life threatening situation.
  • To ensure spiritual development and establish good relationship between the children and their creator.
  • To enable the children to appreciate the Nature and ensure ecological balance.
  • To develop positive thinking to build up a Jmt society.

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