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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!

Support to Dalit Elders

Since 2013, POPE organized many actions towards the elders of the dalit community of the three blocks; Tiruvannamalai, Thurinjapuram and Kilpennathur blocks.


Health camps in our center

The elders are given health checkup in turns to all the elders. POPE’s vehicle is sent to their respective home villages and collecte them to Thallakulam. The elders are given coffee and snacks on their arrival and then the Geriatric clinic test them in the hospital. After the diagnosis, the treatment is given to all the elders on free of cost.  The chronic patients are given medicines for 2 weeks together and requested the volunteers to follow it up.  They visit their homes and see that the elder is taking medicine regularly.


Social camps

The social camp is run at the same time as the medical checkup. Following are some of the activities carried out in the social camp.


News paper reading and sharing the important events, activities like singing, storytelling, games and simple physical exercises.


On leaving the campus, the elders get evening snacks. After their snacks, the vehicle drop them at their houses.


Village Health Camps

Village health camps were conducted in different villages of Kilpennathur block, focusing more on the peripheral areas. A health mobile camp team consisting of qualified and experienced medical officer, staff nurses, health educator lab technician, social worker and health assistant course students. This village health camp was open to all including men, women, children, differently abled people, aged people of different caste and religion.  More attention was given to aged people and children as they are the most vulnerable people.


Eye camps

The Government Eye Doctor from the Government Hospital used to come to POPE for conducting free eye camps and for providing treatment in POPE Rural health centre.


We act only if it is necessary, our main specific services are:


·         To give immediate need based treatment provided on the spot,


·         To arrange cataract surgery to the needy patients.



Eye camp is not conducted exclusively for old age people but for the general public including children and youth.


Visit to village elders

The village elders are visited by POPE staff and community college students.  They spend around one hour with the family. They listen to their problems, aspirations and offer counselling. Whenever possible, some of their needs were linked with other ongoing programs including health, education, family maintenance support etc.


Residential care to the Dalit Elders

Joyful life centre of elders in Thallakulam has 15 most disadvantaged elders as inmates getting residential care and support.  Death of any elders will be immediately replaced by others.  


The project has invested some money on income generation activities to support the elders:


·         Dairy Farm with 15 cows

·         Paper cover making unit

·        Camps Farm Development (Vegetables, fruits like Banana, Mangoes, Papaya etc., and oil seeds like ground nuts, coconuts)


The elders who stay in the campus are all from Kilpennathur and Thiruvannamalai Block.  They often go to their native village, for some programmes like village festival, celebrations, temple festivals, marriages and for other familial functions.  When they go, they stay for a minimum of 2 days to the maximum of 10 days.  So, this centre can be called as short stay home for elders.  Any village dalit elders can come and stay at the short stay home when they feel to be away from home due to social / family / economic / health reasons.  They can stay for 2 to 3 weeks.  On special reasons, if they desired to stay for long time, without any break can also stay, provided someone in the family has to give an undertaking on the elders stay at POPE Thallakulam.


A pleasant day of sightseeing all together.

Community based day care center run by women self-help groups.

At present, there are 3 self help groups from 3 villages (Olaipadi, Somasipadi and Kovilmedu) which are involved in community based day care centre. Because the village people are not aware of the elders problems, support required and other issues very much, there is a need to give one day training in each village with the self help group members.  So, the village people can understand the concept of community based day care centre.


Elderly Widows Support

The elderly widows who were neglected isolated, marginalized and excluded.  Those 78 members are to be helped according to their needs like dresses, vessels, walking sticks etc.


The elderly Dalit widows are the neglected persons by the family members and community.  Community just ignored them as they are the unwanted people and burden to the society.  The family members ignored them as they are not productive in the context of income earning and participation.  Totally, 78 widows who deserves for various support services were identified by the trained volunteers and staff   They are from the target villages and blocks.  These widows received various support.


Quarterly News letter

Since 2016, a Quarterly news letter on elderly care was prepared in Tamil version, edited, printed and circulated to to the NGOs, social activists, community groups like self help groups, Network members etc.  We printed 1000 copies of each news letter. This newsletter is for the private circulation since it is not a registered newsletter.


Content of the news letter are as follows:

  • Health tips for the elders, focusing more prevention of health problems, changes in food practices and the guidelines for health food practices.
  • News roundup about the elders in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and various programmes of POPE for elders carried out during the last 3 months and the forthcoming events.
  • Volunteers training and impact of volunteers training in the form of case studies.
  • Appeal to raise local funds.


"We are gratefull for your support, concern and commitment.

Warm thanks."



The Joyful Center Seniors