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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!

No man stands so tall,

as when he stoops to help a child.


Chinese proverb

The BREATH, that gives life

and strengthens the life.


Suvasam Social Animation Centre (SSAC)

“Suvasam” in Tamil language means breath, which is important for survival. In the context of Dalits life, many people were killed by the imperialists, high caste group and many people died themselves due to poverty, sickness and helplessness. So, for such community, there is a social need to give a breath for the dying and marginalized. POPE has made an attempt to do the same for the Dalits. In that context this centre is named after “Suvasam”. It functions at Somasipadi village.


There was a small building at this place which was taken for rent in the year 2001 to run a Dalit women development Programme. By Lord’s Grace, POPE was able to purchase the building and the land of 31 cents (100 cents = 1 acre) in the year 2002. This grant was given by the individuals from Europe. In fact, this was POPE first own building. POPE is maintaining the old building with the clay wall and the thatched roof for our office even today. That old house is a symbol of a Dalit’s house. Now, this centre has the following activities in newly constructed buildings. POPE thanks all the funding partners for their valuable and timely support.


Remedial Residential School

POPE has picked up the child labourers, street children, under privileged drop out children, orphans and destitute children from the project field of Thurinjapuram block, Tiruvannamalai block and Kilpennathur block of Tiruvannamalai District through our Animators, staff and SHGs. These children are provided residential education at this centre. Their education includes class subjects in which the children wish to join or eligible to join during next year. During one year, the children are given coaching / tuition with the help of a qualified teacher. Periodical evaluations are also conducted to find out the position of children and to assess the capacity to cope up with the next year school academic load.


The children are placed under joyful learning climate where the teacher acts as a housemother. At present, Suvasam centre welcomes 10 Boys and 30 Girls (7 – 14 years old) are following the courses at the remedial school, the 27 others (8 – 16 years school) are going to the village’s school. After, they stay at the centre until the holidays.


In addition to this, the children are getting opportunities to grow on their special talents like Music, Dance, Art, Paintings, Drawing and on various Fine Arts. After one year, the boys will be placed in Thallakulam Dalit children’s education and empowerment centre for their free stay and continue their education in the nearby Government Higher Secondary School.


Due to the visits of different guests and partners, the children can be aware of different languages and cultures. They discover a peace of world.


Vocational Training Centres

“Suvasam” has:

  • a computer training centre for the Dalit young women to undergo for a period of one year and obtain paid employment and self-employment.
  • a training centre for differently able people. They learn to do simple things like doormats etc.


Life coping skill curriculum is also incorporated into the skill training.


Social Animation Centre

  • The Self Help Group members are given social animation training. The self help group management leadership training panchayat raj training etc., are organized at this centre.
  • Staff development training, staff review and planning meetings are also held in this centre.
  • The Dalit Network meeting, community meeting and community counselling are carried out also provided at this centre.
  • The women development co-ordination office is also situated in this centre.



There is a library and reading room for the children of remedial school and others coming here for training. Staff and community can also be used. At present, POPE has a collection of around 1500 books. Most of the books are related to Dalit issues, Human rights community development and network.


Physiotherapy centre for differently abled children

The differently abled children with in the age group of 3 to 14 are identified in this block and they are coming to “Suvasam” twice in a week for free physiotherapy.


A mini bus is also available to take the children around the villages and for trainees’ mobility, placement services etc.


  In brief, in a small campus, we have number of activities going on.


POPE takes this opportunity to thank all the supporters and for those who contributed directly and indirectly for the success of POPE.