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Journée mondiale contre le travail des enfants - 12 juin 2016

Le programme d'éducation alternative proposée par POPE favorisera la scolarisation et stoppera le décrochage scolaire chez les enfants dalits les plus défavorisés.

 

Nous vous invitons à parcourir notre site internet pour en apprendre davantage sur nos programmes et la stratégie mis en place dans le district de Thiruvannamalai pour éradiquer le travail des enfants.

 

World day against child labour - 12 June

The alternative education programme proposed by POPE will promote the school enrolment and stop the school drop outs among the under privileged dalit children.  

 

We invite you to go through our website to learn about our programmes and strategy set up in Thiruvannamalai district to eradicate the child labourism.

 

Huge floods in Tamil Nadu.

We need your help. Thank you in advance.

Request for Relief materials to the flood cyclone victims of Cuddalore district. 

Cuddalore district is one of the Coastal Districts situated to Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu. The geographical situation is as such that this district is often affected by the sea based and monsoon based disaster. The Tsunami disaster occurred in 2004 December and the Thane cyclone in 2011.

 

The recent Flood had completely swallowed the infrastructure of this district and the people, cattle, houses, livelihood sources to the large extent. This district has a literacy level of 71.85%. The dalits, and other coastal vulnerable group of people lost their livelihood. The drainage is poor.

 

October to December is a period of North east monsoon. The monsoon rain exceed this year. The heavy rains filled all the lakes, water tanks, water reservoirs and the rivers were with heavy water and killed hundreds of people. The rain started on 10th November and still going on. The weather fore caste indicates that the heavy rain will be there for 3 more days. Houses were filled with water. All the equipments, electronic items, cooking materials, dresses, provisions available in the houses were completely damaged. On the road, boats were moving to rescue the people. People in the ground floor went upto the roof top and they had no shelter. There was no electricity for 5 to 10 days. Lot of health problems occurred to the people. Rescue operation was delayed due to Diwali festival. Officials were on leave. This has further aggravated the problem.

 

POPE has done active services during Tsunami disaster and Thane disaster in relief and rehabilitation in Cuddalore District. Now, we are mobilizing the volunteers to provide relief services.

 

We request you to support us in this mission of extending relief measures to the victims. Please contact our partners to help these poor people.


 

With regards,

Yours Sincerely,

 

(R.L. Rosario),

Director-POPE

Inondations sans précédent au Tamil Nadu

Par avance, MERCI pour votre AIDE.

Demande d'aide pour du matériel de 1ère nécessité pour les victimes des inondations suite au cyclone dans le district de Cuddalore.

Le district de Cuddalore est un des Districts côtiers situés sur la baie du Bengale au Tamil Nadu. La situation géographique est telle que ce district est souvent affecté par des sinistres marins, ou dus à la mousson. Le tsunami a eu lieu en Décembre 2014 et le cyclone Thane en 2011. Les récentes inondations ont complètement anéanti les infrastructures du district, et affecté de nombreuses personnes, maisons, bétail, moyens de subsistance, dans une large proportion.

 

Le district a un taux d'alphabétisation de 71.85%. Les dalits et d'autres groupes de personnes vulnérables vivant sur la côte ont perdu leurs moyens de subsistance. Les systèmes d'évacuation des eaux usées est médiocre. D'Octobre à Décembre, c'est la période de la mousson du nord. Les pluies de mousson ont été trop abondantes cette année. Les pluies diluviennes ont rempli les lacs, les réservoirs d'eau, les rivières, tuant des centaines de personnes. Les pluies ont débuté le 10 Novembre et continuent toujours. La météo annonce des fortes pluies pour les trois prochains jours. Les maisons ont été inondées. Tous les équipements, les appareils électroniques, le matériel de cuisine, les vêtements, les provisions disponibles dans les maisons ont été complètement endommagés. Sur la route, des bateaux se déplaçaient pour sauver des personnes. Les personnes sont allées du rez-de-chaussée sur le toit, et n'avaient aucun abri. Il n'y a pas eu d'électricité pendant 5 à 10 jours. De nombreux problèmes de santé sont apparus. Les opérations de sauvetage ont été retardées du fait de la fête de Diwali. Les officiers gouvernementaux étaient en vacances. Ceci a aggravé le problème.

 

POPE s'est beaucoup impliqué durant le tsunami, et le cyclone Thane, pour porter secours et mettre en place des programmes de réhabilitation dans le district de Cuddalore.

 

Maintenant, nous mobilisons les volontaires pour fournir de l'aide d'urgence. Nous faisons appel à vous, pour nous soutenir dans cette mission pour étendre les mesures d'aide au plus grand nombre de victimes.

 

Merci de contacter nos partenaires pour aider ces pauvres gens dans la détresse.

 

Recevez nos meilleures salutations,

 

RL Rosario

Directeur POPE

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,

 

Rosario,

President-POPE

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.

 

 

Rosario,

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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About POPE

POPE - People Organisation for Planning and Education

- is a registered non-profit making secular voluntary organisation, founded in 1987 at Tiruvannamalai District for the development of the Dalits in India. Mr. R.L. Rosario is the Founder President/ Director of POPE. POPE was established to promote the welfare of the Dalits. But we found out that the caste Hindu suppressed the Dalits without allowing them to come up in life. They have been treated as sub-human. But the Indian constitution says that all Indians irrespective of their caste, religion, and language are equal. But the equality status has never been achieved by the Dalits. In order to obtain equal rights to Dalits, on par with other people, the Founder President Mr. R.L. Rosario went for his legal training. In the year 1993, he became an advocate to protect Dalit rights. Since then, POPE has been standing to protect the rights of Dalits. 

 

For the empowerment of Dalit community,

POPE is following the foot path of Dr. Ambedkar,

“Organise, educate and liberate”.

POPE has organized number of activities, including the training, marching with the marginalized, procession and other community action programmes to promote the socio Economic & health status of Dalits, women and children.

 

1.     Development activities

 

POPE has learnt that in its field the main cause for the caste discrimination and the violence against Dalits are based on the economic status. So it has implemented such development activities to empower Dalits for their social development. In that way POPE formed Dalit Women Sangams in Tiruvannamalai District to start Welfare Groups and encouraged small savings. This self-help programme helped them to promote joint action for their development.

 

POPE has implemented the micro enterprises activities in 100 villages in Tamil Nadu. This programme helped the women groups a lot to plan for the development of their Home, Group and village and to uplift their economic status by micro enterprises and small savings.

 

2.     Health care activities

 

Since the concept of the health plays a major role in the well being of the rural Dalit people, POPE had implemented health care activities in the remote areas of Tiruvannamalai Taluk.

 

Home remedies, traditional herbal treatments are being taught to the women group to prevent deformities and diseases, and to promote and preserve their health conditions. Environmental hygiene is being taught during area visits. A health centre is established for the rural people to get health services during their acute and chronic health conditions. Free health counselling and consultation are provided through this health centre.

 

As in the rural community, the people are under privileged and their health problems are heavy, a 20 bedded rural hospital has been constructed at Thallakulam in Tiruvannamalai District which covers 3 blocks.

 

3.     Skill promotion training

 

Since POPE’s target area is drought prone, and don’t have many job opportunities they migrate to cities and neighbouring states. This situation makes their lives miserable. Young generation loose their education and compelled to become bonded and child labourers.

 

So to render alternative income source to these people, POPE has started skill promotion training like tailoring and computer training units to the young girls, carpentry and electrician to the boys who have not completed their high school and engaged in unskilled labours. These different trainings take place at POPE Community College at Thallakulam in Tiruvannamalai District.

 

4.     Peace and justice activities

           A.  Organizing programmes

This is the most important programme wing of POPE. Dalit people are being organised and guided for their development and liberation under various aims and objectives.

 

a. Dalit Makkal Mandram (DMM)

This is a people’s movement started on April, 14, 1998 on the basis of Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s ideology, incorporated the Dalits for a Casteless society with the specific ideals of “Dignity, Self-sufficiency and Self-rule”. This acts as a powerful weapon in the hands of the people to support and safe guard their fundamental Human Rights.

 

More than 30.000 villagers have membership in this movement and also spreading to the Districts of Northern Tamil Nadu and Pondichery.

This movement is for the formation of casteless society, with Peace and Justice.

 

  • Basic needs of the villages like water supply, electricity facilities etc... are taken care by the members of Dalit Makkal Mandram in the concerned villages.
  • Local problems are handled and solved peacefully by the involvement of DMM members.
  • Arrangements are being done by the DMM members for the obtaining old age pension to the needy destitutes.
  • Proper distribution of Governement low cost food supplies to the poor and needy people.
  • DMM members will always be on their feet to extend their possible services for the good Administration of the village panchayat for the well being of the people.

 

b. Dalit Panchayat Leaders Federation (DPLF)

This is a federation of 225 elected rural Dalit panchayat leaders organised on December 31, 1997. It was started in view of educating the Dalit leaders on panchayat raj act and to strengthen their collective involvement for the welfare of the Dalits of their panchayats. The old members, except a few, are replaced by the newly elected members. And it continues its activities of periodical gatherings, planning and training to get encouragements and ideas in their village Administration.

 

c. Dalit Advocates Forum

Dalit advocates forum was established to safe guard the Dalit people from caste violations and to protect the Human Rights of the Dalits. The solidarity of the 20 Dalit Advocates are being guaranteed by this forum. Members of this forum are very helpful to the Dalit during the crisis.

 

They take part in the fact-finding teams; take the leading part during the meetings with police and government officials. They also jointly approach at the Court on behalf of the affected during caste and political violence.

 

d. Dalit Women Front

Dalit women are being organised under this banner for their supervision, guidance and solidarity to achieve over all growth and empowerment of Dalit women.

 

e. Dalit right Federation (DRF)

Since DMM is involving in the people’s struggle for their liberation and human rights, it has to face the fight against the money power and the political power. By its few years’ experience, DMM learns the power and need of the unity and the need of gathering the small movements in the working areas. So DRF is formed by the like minded Dalit movements and Dalit NGOs. These hands are joined against the caste discrimination by its sincere commitment have become the great source and security for the Dalits of Tamil Nadu State and Pondichery Union Territory under 3 basic objectives:

 

  • Human rights – Dignity and self respect
  • Women rights – Gender equality
  • Land rights – Survival and self rule.

 

B. Legal aid activities

 

This is our another major programme to support the depressed rural Dalits legally in their struggles towards liberation.

 

  • We have established a free legal aid centre in the District Head quarter;
  • Through this, we guide and support the needy people legally to protect their human rights;
  • We provide free legal services against Dalit atrocities;
  • Dalit Panchayat leaders get proper guidance’s to handle their village problems;
  • The free legal aid centre pressurizes the police as well as the Government for the registration and implementation SC/ST 1989 (prevention of atrocities) and Rule 1995 and also takes proper steps to protect the rights of the Dalits;
  • Legal aid camps were arranged in 6 places with the support of the district legal services authority.

 

5. Networking, Advocacy, Lobbying

 

Dalit Empowerment through State level Networking & Training:

 

POPE wants:

  • to develop a State level networking (Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry together) with the Dalit NGOs and the formation of District level Dalit NGOs Networking for their capacity development through consultancy, evaluation, action research and training. The training of the NGO partners and the NGOs functionaries on various issues of Dalitology, health, development, environment, ecology, Government programmes, dissemination training etc., both at Thallakulam and at the district level will take place at the Dalit Resource and Research Centre (DRRC).
  • to identify the District level common Dalit issues and strengthen the voices of the vulnerable through Advocacy/lobbying process and functioning as an instrument of change to promote the socio-economic health status of the Dalit community.
  • to organise conferences on Dalit issues by bringing Dalit intellectuals/policy makers/leaders for the possible policy level changes through the Advocacy/ lobbying

 

6. Education

 

Since ignorance is the main reason for the suffering of the Dalit people, formal and non-formal education to the people is rendered by POPE.

 

Free tuition and study classes

  • Free tuition and study classes are being conducted by the village youth volunteers for the school going children.
  • POPE identifies school drop outs and child labours and gives special coaching in its free residential school. After one year coaching eligible students will join in the main stream of education. Others may join in one of the skill promotion units.
  • Special steps are taken by the members of the POPE to help the students to get admission for higher studies, hostels and colleges etc...
  • Different summer camps are organised (school intensive training – vocational, educational, personal guidance and counselling – civics – cultural and sports sessions – games and spare time - educational outings…)

 

Social, political, legal awareness

 

Programmes are conducted periodically. Youth and women groups are being specially concentrated.

 

** Political Awareness Training ** Legal training *

* Leadership Training **

 

7. Culture and communication

 

Dalit Fine Arts have traditional skills and traditional musical equipments. Unfortunately, the Dalit Artists are poor and not recognized by Government and by people. The historically significant Arts have eroded and vanished from the society gradually. So POPE takes all the occasions to give opportunities to the artists to perform their skills.

 

Street play is one of the most acceptable folk media, very popular among NGOs to communicate health messages and development messages to the audience. Basic training is given to the children who visit the villages and perform the programmes to the general public.

 

Newsletter for Dalits empowerment

 

A quarterly newsletter was developed since 10 years for the private circulation. The newsletter was in local Tamil language. This has helped to communicate the following:

 

  • Health Information.
  • Divisional / regional meetings / conferences.
  • Atrocities happened in one place among Dalits.
  • Communicating the type of events taken place to the networking members.
  • Newspaper clippings about Dalit rights violation.
  • Strategies adopted to settle the issue or subside the issue / problem.
  •  Dalit’s rights legislations / amendments.
  • Policy dialogue.
  • Advocacy / lobbying.

POPE has released printed notices and pamphlets on issues related to Dalits and create awareness on socio-economic and political situation in the society. We are also publishing a newsletter “Dalit Revival Voice” focusing on the news of our movement activities and articles from the members to raise the voice against Dalit Atrocities.