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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,

 

Rosario,

President-POPE

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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

 

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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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Tiruvannamalai Office

Tiruvannamalai is historically a famous place, with lot of temples and meditation centres, dominated by Hindu caste. In such place, there is no voice for Dalits. 20 years before, intentionally we opened an office at the rented building, and invited the illiterate, poor Dalits from the villages and encouraged them to talk with the founder of POPE Mr. R.L. Rosario, a qualified and practicing Lawyer, standing for the Dalit rights. He challenged the Dalit problems at the Court of Law and fought for the Dalit justice on free of cost. Every day the Dalits are coming from various parts of Tiruvannamalai and stayed there on free of cost and share their problems with the staff of POPE. In a dominated high caste society, a break through was made through POPE.

 

At this centre, free legal services are extended to the Dalits. The Dalit NGOs and Dalit leaders come over here for the Network meeting under the banner of Dalit Rights Federation (DRF) periodically, POPE publish the Newsletters, pamphlets and the translated version of law in Tamil and circulated.

 

POPE organized number of consultations with the Dalit activists, media persons, and policy planners, NGOs and developed 10 points programme and insisting with Government for the policy changes. The following are the 10 points programme to emancipate the Dalits :

 

  • Land rights
  • Panchami land (Depressed caste land)
  • Dalit settlement (Housing)
  • Women rights
  • Implementation of reservation policy for the Dalits
  • Double voting
  • Financial allotment of 20% by Government to special components programme
  • Sharing of common resources
  • Rights for safe drinking water
  • Ambedkar Bank

Suvasam at Somasipadi

Somasipadi is a field area situated in Keelpennathur block and so the field office is situated. We started at the rented building, but we were able to purchase this office and the campus and the programme is extended.

 

Remedial School

The children who were involved in child labour, neglected children, street children, drop out children and the orphan / destitute children are picked up and provided the residential school education for one year and on the next academic year, they are enrolled in the regular school for continuing their education. At present we have 40 children. Among these 10 are the Boys and 30 are the Girls.

 

Vocational Training programmes

Since 2006, 40 young women per year could obtain training on computer literacy. They could get a job at the end of this training. The classroom is equipped with 5 computers.

 

Physiotherapy Centre

We have identified 28 differently abled children / youth in Keelpennathur block. Every week, those differently abled people are picked up by our Mini Bus for their free physiotherapy services and dropped them at their houses. Qualified and experienced physiotherapists are available for services on honorary basis.

 

Community Health Services / Education

Prevention is better than cure. In rural areas, around 60% of the diseases are due to unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation. The life style diseases like diabetes, hypertension, tuberculosis, HIV/Aids etc., will be easily prevented by Health education. The health status of women mothers / children will be increased due to health education. Health education is provided through flash cards, video show, evening meetings, street play etc. Treatment for the minor diseases also carried out. We have 8 trained health workers.

 

Dalit Women’s Empowerment

Dalit women in Keelpennathur block, Tiruvannamalai block and at Thurinjapuram block are organized under self help groups for their socio-economic and health empowerment. The members of self help groups are trained in leadership, panchayat raj, local governance and strategies of development. Small savings, credit formation, internal and external credit rotation followed with starting income generation activities etc.

 

Children Development

Dalit children at the villages are organized under alternate education during evening coaching education. This is absolutely free. The qualified teachers are helping them in their studies.

 

Summer Camp for Students

During summer holiday, we organise the Dalit children who are studying in 9th to 11th standard students. They will be getting intensive coaching on the tough subjects like English, Science and Maths. Children’s drop out / failure rate is higher among the Dalit children. To prevent such drop outs, we organise this coaching classes. In addition to this, 12th students are given coaching on entrance examination. Talented students are given intensive training on sports / music / traditional arts and different skills.

 

Educational sponsorship for Children

The poor, destitute, orphan children are identified and linked up with foster parents for sponsorship. Such children will continue their education from their houses only. Through this sponsorship, the families and the community is also helped.

 

Advocacy / Lobbying

The rights based education is given among the under privileged and socially handicapped Dalit community. Dalit issues / needs are identified, document and study the same. With all the details, the Dalit NGOs, media persons and the policy planners will be called for the Advocacy meeting. We draft the issues / problems for the intervention of the Government. The long pending issues are settled through this. Policy changes are also taken place.

 

Community Centre for Dalit Empowerment

In order to develop Dalit children development centre, Dalit women development centre, developing vocational training centre, POPE has purchased 5 acres of land. Water and electricity facility is also provided. This centre is developing various programmes in few buildings. This year the hospital of 20 beds will he functioning the building construction which is already over.

 

Dalit Children’s Development - (35 boys)

The children who finished one-year education at the remedial school at Somasipadi are shifted to this centre to continue their education. Other under privileged children is also given this facility to continue their education. The children are attending the Sunday services at the nearby Church and go to school regularly. This is a free residential programme. We dream to develop great leaders of India from this Dalit community in years to come.

 

Summer Camp for Students

During summer holidays, we organise the Dalit children who are studying in 9th to 11th standard students. They will be getting intensive coaching on the tough subjects like English, Science and Maths. Children’s drop out / failure rate is higher among the Dalit children. To prevent such drop outs, we organise this coaching classes. In addition to this, 12th students are given coaching on entrance examination. Talented students are given intensive training on sports / music / traditional arts and different skills.

 

Educational sponsorship for Children – (80 children)

The poor, destitute, orphan children are identified and linked up with foster parents for sponsorship. Such children will continue their education from their houses only. Through this sponsorship, the families and the community is also helped.

 

Vocational Training programmes

For the drop out children and the children with less marks, those who failed in the school education are put up in POPE community college for one year free skill training. Every year, we train males and females young in different trainings:

  • carpentry
  • computer literacy
  • electrical / wiring works
  • tailoring

 

Dalit Women’s Empowerment

Dalit women are organized under self help groups for their socio-economic and health empowerment. The members of self help groups are trained in leadership, panchayat raj, local governance and strategies of development. Small savings, credit formation, internal and external credit rotation followed with starting income generation activities etc.

 

Socio-economic health survey

Socio economic health demographic survey was carried out to identify the needs and problems of Dalit community. This study will bring opportunities to implement various intervention programmes like the starting of the hospital, establishing link ages with national health programme, health education, referrals etc.

 

Farmers training and demonstration on organic cultivation

In order to help the Dalit farmers, training on organic cultivation, animal husbandry, horticulture, kitchen garden and other agro based activities are planned.

Pondichery center

Pondicherry centre was exclusively for Tsunami relief and rehabilitation under this programme, concentrated on livelihood restoration and basic food security programmes. The beneficiaries were organized under different smaller groups and given skill training. The following were the details of the programme. We adopted 10 villages, covering both Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu State.

 

Micro enterprises for food security

  • Coconut thatching units – 25 units
  • Widows petty shops – 30 Nos
  • Wire bag making units – 10 units
  • Coir making units – 25 units
  • Tailoring training – 72 Nos
  • Supply of sewing machines – 42 Nos

 

Agriculture land restoration and development

94 farmers, covering three villages were helped and restored and developed 135 acres of land for sustainable agriculture through organic cultivation.

 

Livestocks

  • Supply of cow and calf – 95 Nos
  • Supply of sheep (1 Unit 4 sheeps and one Ram) – 65 Units

 

Fisheries

  • Individual Kattu maram & fishing nets – 69 Nos
  • Group kattu maram and big nets (1 Unit = 2 big kattu maram,
    2 small kattu maram and one big nets) – 17 Units

 

Old age people rehabilitation (Tsunami victims)

  • 50 children

 

Other Programmes

  • 51 old aged people.

 

Other Programmes

  • Water sanitation
  • Skill training
  • Capacity development programmes
  • Digging of bore well – 7 Nos

 

Marakkanam

Marakkanam (90kms from Tiruvannamalai, 35kms from Pondicherry) was affected both by Tsunami and floods repeatedly.

 

The Dalits were affected severely so, we have undertaken this village and introduced the following activities:

  • Formed two farmers club
  • Supply of 10 milk animals
  • Formed two milk producers society
  • Children’s evening school at 10 centres
  • Skill training of one year duration
  • Tailoring
  • Electrical / wiring works.
  • Organic cultivation.
  • Farmers training and land development programmes

 

and built a vocational training centre with the following infrastructures:

 

  • Building for training
  • Equipments for vocational training
    • Computer training 6 months duration
    • Electrical training
    • Tailoring training

 

Curriculum for vocational training:

  • Technical education
  • Hands on experience
  • Life coping skills
  • Development English.

 

Activities:

 

  • Student’s placement services – Training, employment.
  • Counselling and guidance services – educational guidance & counseling, Vocational guidance & counseling, Personal guidance & counseling.