Aalayam Reach Cheyyar School Visit
Aalayam Reach Cheyyar School Visit

Aalayam volunteers visited couple of schools in Cheyyar to interact with students and teachers to better understand their expectations and how Aalayam can assist them to shape their future. We started from Chennai and it was two and a half hours drive. We went to one government aided school and one government school.

Most of the students are from low income family but they are so happy and very interested in learning. The photos below are taken from the government school.

The parents of these schools tend to send their children to SIPCOT to support their family financial needs. Lot of students parents were daily wages.

The government school head master and teacher’s are working tirelessly to help the students and continuously providing better education for the students.

During our visit on Saturday, the school was preparing for their lunch and dinner for the 10 standard students to support their special classes to help them clear the exams. This initiative is funded by Parent Teachers Association fund’s interest payment.

The Tamil teacher who attended this meet up told the students that MORALITY is important than EDUCATION and that is the thought process of the school and her focus as well. Once MORAL Behavior is there then EDUCATION comes easy for the students.

We left with good memories and gave us the hope that WE ARE ALONE on this JOURNEY.

Let’s JOIN HANDS for a BRIGHT FUTURE for our next generation of STUDENTS.

My visit to Dr. G. Nammalvar ayya’s Vanagam

I visited Vanagam, located at Surumanpatti, Kadavur in Karur district on November 27th to work with them to plant 28 trees, as part of our commitment to plant one tree for every successful completion of a student’s cause. So far in total we have plated 40 trees.

vanagam

Aalayam’s commitment for Ecological sustainability moved us to join hands with Vanagam, NGO created by Dr. G. Nammalvar Ayya.

Vanagam has 40-45 acres of land. They provide Organic farming training for interested people every month with a small marginal fee which is used to plant new trees, to build and maintain the infrastructure. We have requested to dedicate some area with in Vanagam to plant trees sponsored by Aalayam. When you get a chance, please do visit Vanagam and the plants supported by Aalayam.

Nammalvar
Aalayam

Aalayam help financially deprived students to fulfill their longing to study and obtain knowledge and with that the students will also become a better individual in the society and attain financial independence.

Planting a tree is a gesture to show that Ecological Sustainability is an important component which has to go hand in hand with other societal and economic growths.

The source of energy for this human life is given by nature. It’s a natural instinct in us to protect and save it for our next generation.

Let’s give back in the form of planting the trees along with assisting financial deprived students..

G Nammalvar (or Nammazhwar) தமிழில் : நம்மாழ்வார் (1938 – 2013) was an Indian organic farming expert, Green Crusader. Recognising his extensive work in the field of agriculture, the Gandhi Gram Rural University, Dindugal honoured Nammazhwar with a Doctorate of Science degree in 2007.

One of Nammalvar’s sayings was: “Farming is not a way of producing crops to make money. It is a way of living that is possible even in the 21st century.” He trained hundreds of farm youths as trainers and helped many farmers to be master trainers.

He never pushed ideas down anyone’s throat. Each farm is unique according to the farmers’ understanding and the conditions, Nammalvar would say.

He would keep experimenting with what he learned from the farmers, refined this knowledge and then gave it back to them.

More can be learned about vanagam and Dr. G. Nammalvar from the below links.

http://vanagam.co.in/

Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt_c69ii4vI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Nammalvar
Preparing Students for a Successful Future – Team Work

          Preparing Students for a Successful Future

  • Teamwork was increasingly becoming the hard skills of today’s work force and in social engagements.
  • It’s just not enough to be highly trained in technical skills, without developing the softer, interpersonal and relationship-building skills that help people to communicate and collaborate as a team effectively.
  • Teamwork, leadership, and communication are underpinned by soft skills development. Since each is an essential element for organizational and personal success, developing these skills is very important and does matter… a lot!
Our education system should focus on doing work as a team rather than INDIVIDUALS.

WHAT?

  • Teach the Importance of team work at this elementary level education.
  • Any corporate work culture demands team players.
  • Teams produce more results than individuals.

More Info: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2015/01/teamwork-data-big-gains-at-jones-elementary-school/

WHY?

  • In today’s ever changing, complex world, jobs are becoming more and more specialized, and the need to bring specialists together to form a team becomes even more important.
  • Its also important to come together for SOCIETAL development and close linkage with the society.
  • It will help to get a JOB and perform well globally and to improve personally.
  • It’s a fact that companies provides soft skill training more than technical training.
  • Students can’t compete and provide results if they doesn’t have these skillsets.

HOW?

  • Teachers and Parents to Challenge, Excite students to learn. Parents to educate their kids about the importance of teamwork, leadership and communication skills.
  • Teachers and Parents to guide students on the social process of learning, and help student to realize they are important contributors for the society and make them accountability to learn.
  • Make students THINK! with other learners.
  • Conduct team Building games.

     References:

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2015/01/teamwork-data-big-gains-at-jones-elementary-school/
http://www.teachmeteamwork.com/teachmeteamwork/files/Teambuilding_on_a_Shoestring_sml.pdf

Ken Robinson – Ted Talks

Team Building Games

http://PBSKids.org
http://Code.Org
http://www.tvokids.com/games/alphabetgoop
http://www.tvokids.com/watch

All the above game online and can be simulated and can be played

Tree plantation for cause support – Set 1

We have planted 1st set of trees on 08 March 2016. Total trees planted are 12. These trees are planted in support of below causes:

20150701 BE final year Mechanical student from a village near Salem
20150808 BSc (Electronics) 3rd year student from Kodaikanal
20150704 BCom 3rd year student from Kodaikanal studying in Madurai
20150807 Final year Diploma student from Salem Attur
20150804 Chennai student need help to buy hearing aid to continue his study
20150702 BE EEE 3rd year student from Krishnagiri asking for help
20150706 BE Civil 2nd year student from Krishnagiri
20150810 Final year BE(IT) student from Krishnagiri
20150703 BE Civil 3rd year student from Krishnagiri
20150805 BE 1st year Civil student from Kanyakumari
20150905 MSc Maths 2nd year student from Vellore town
20150904 MBBS 2nd year student from Chennai studying in Trichy

Location : Vaanagam, Nammalvar Ecological Foundation, Suruman Patti village, Kadavur post, Tharagampatti, Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Cuddalore – Student’s Flood Rehabilitation Work Report

This is an official report created by Aalayam Foundation for the student’s flood rehabilitation work conducted in Chennai and Cuddalore area between 04/12/2015 and 15/02/2016. Though Education for underprivileged is our vision, this disaster has called us to do this relief work on humanitarian grounds. We heart fully thank the sponsors, donors, volunteers, friends and all our supporters.

Distribution Summary

Total no. of students benefited: 1022

Total no of locations: 13

Total expenses: Rs.2,15,515 (includes material, logistics etc.)

Total raised funds: Rs.5,53,353

Balance: Rs.3,37,838 (As mentioned, the remaining amount will be used for upcoming educational cause and donors will be notified)

Distribution Detail

A detailed distribution information is given below:

LocationManakuppam, Villanur, Pondy
No. of Students25
MaterialsBag – 25, Note – 100, Pen – 25, Pencil – 25, Scale – 25, Eraser – 25, Sharper – 25, Slipper – 23, Sketch – 23
CostRs. 10442.50
VolunteersBhaskar
FriendsVinoth Kumar from IRB
LocationKadhirgamana, Pondy
No. of Students7
MaterialsBag – 7, Note – 24, Box – 7, Pen – 7, Pencil – 7, Scale – 7, Eraser – 7, Sharper – 7, Slipper – 7, Sketch – 7
CostRs. 3130.30
VolunteersBhaskar
FriendsVinoth Kumar from IRB
LocationMelpadhi, Villupuram
No. of Students352
MaterialsNote – 1408, Uniform Tailoring – 3, Slate – 25
CostRs. 18681.00
VolunteersBhaskar
FriendsVinoth Kumar from IRB
LocationKombakkam, Pondy
No. of Students31
MaterialsBag – 31, Note – 124, Nox – 31, Box – 31, Pen – 31, Pencil – 31, Scale – 31, Eraser – 31, Sharper – 31, Slipper – 31, Calculator – 1, Shoe – 4, Sketch – 31, A4 sheet – 1
CostRs. 12446.90
VolunteersBhaskar
FriendsVinoth Kumar from IRB
LocationSaram, Pondy
No. of Students20
MaterialsNote – 20, Box – 10, Pen – 20, Pencil – 20, Scale – 20, Eraser – 20, Sharper – 20, Sketch – 50
CostRs. 1998.00
VolunteersBhaskar
FriendsVinoth Kumar from IRB
LocationAriyur and Edayanchavady, Pondy
No. of Students33
MaterialsBag – 7, Note – 33, Box – 15, Pen – 32, Pencil – 32, Scale – 32, Eraser – 32, Sharper – 32, Slipper – 32, Sketch – 50
CostRs. 4945.80
VolunteersBhaskar
FriendsKuppusamy
LocationKumanan Chavadi (Mosque street), Chennai
No. of Students27
MaterialsBag – 23, Note – 123, Box – 19, Pen – 16, Pencil – 21, Pencil – 21, Scale – 21, Eraser – 21, Sharper – 21, Slipper – 23, Slate – 1
CostRs. 10441.90
VolunteersRajesh
FriendsSivadhas, Shyam, Gilda, Latha, Varnika, Nileash
LocationMedvakam Thiruvaluar Primary School, Chennai
No. of Students60
MaterialsNote – 180, 3rd term book – 180
CostRs. 10360.90
VolunteersRajesh
FriendsIssac Jamin
LocationChinnamangadu, Chennai
No. of Students85
MaterialsBag – 74, Note – 339, Box – 40, Scale – 20, Eraser – 22, Sharper – 18, Slate – 3
CostRs. 25525.00
VolunteersRajesh
FriendsSivadhas, Shyam, Gilda, Latha, Varnika, Nileash
LocationKumanan Chavadi Aamman Koil street), Chennai
No. of Students193
MaterialsBag – 75, Note – 502, Box – 43, Pen – 21, Pencil – 31, Scale – 68, Eraser – 30, Sharper – 30, Slipper – 32, Uniform cloth – 106, Uniform Tailoring – 60, Slate – 8
CostRs. 64197.90
VolunteersRajesh, Vinoth
FriendsNA
LocationVillivakkam, 18th cross main road, Chennai
No. of Students20
MaterialsBag – 9, Note – 57, Box – 7, Pen – 8, Pencil – 10, Scale – 10, Eraser – 10, Sharper – 8, Slipper – 8, Uniform Cloth – 10,
CostRs. 6237.80
VolunteersRajesh, Vinoth
FriendsNA
LocationSeenneear Kuppam (Chipaya nagar), Chennai
No. of Students112
MaterialsBag – 41, Note – 268, Box – 26, Pen – 17, Pencil – 27, Scale – 45, Eraser – 30, Sharper – 30, Slipper – 27, Uniform Cloth – 39, Uniform Tailoring – 35
CostRs. 32419.30
VolunteersRajesh, Vinoth
FriendsNA
LocationKumanan Chavadi (Market street), Chennai
No. of Students57
MaterialsBag – 45, Note – 246, Box – 22, Scale – 20, Eraser – 13, Sharper – 8, Slipper – 8, Slate – 1
CostRs. 14688.00
VolunteersRajesh
FriendsNA

Distribution Process

After the emergency relief in Chennai and Cuddalore, we were getting help requests for various students from both Chennai and Cuddalore. Since it is not an emergency relief we took this as our second project as part of the flood relief. This project was executed under the leadership of our volunteers Bhaskar K (Villupuram/Pondy rural) and Rajesh (Chennai). Krishna Prasad (volunteer), helped in procuring the materials in wholesale price from Chennai.

As per our policy “100% to the beneficiary”, we took tremendous effort to make sure the raised funds must benefit the right students as per their needs.

Steps

  1. Identified the flood affected locations in Chennai and Cuddalore.
  2. Our volunteers, went in person to the locations and met every student / school / group.
  3. Collected the requirements in detail for each student.
  4. Verified the student’s living condition and their identity.
  5. Finalized the list of locations, students and the materials required.
  6. Purchased the materials from Parrys (Chennai) in wholesale.
  7. Transported the materials to different locations.
  8. Informed the students to gather in a school or a common place.
  9. Volunteers and friends went in person and distributed the materials.
  10. During distribution, we verified the student’s identity again.

For any questions, please feel free to contact us at support@aalayam.org

Our new office in Coimbatore

We are very pleased to announce that we have extended to a new shared office in Coimbatore in additional to our Chennai office. Our volunteer Mohan is operating from the Coimbatore office.

Address – 144 VRK Gounder Complex, Vadavalli, Coimbatore – 641046

Chennai, Cuddalore flood relief work report

This is an official report created by Aalayam Foundation for the flood relief work conducted in Chennai and Cuddalore area between 04/12/2015 and 12/12/2015. Though Education for underprivileged in our vision, this disaster has called us to do this relief work on humanitarian grounds.

We heart fully thank the sponsors, donors, volunteers, friends and all our supporters.

Total Expenses: Rs.2,81,671 (includes material purchase, logistics etc.)

Day 1 – 12/04/2015

Chennai

1) We have sponsored and distributed Biryani, Veg meal, Biscuits, Bread, Milk, Tea, Candles, Match boxes, Tablets, Water bottles for 500+ people in Pallavakkam, Neelangarai, Adayar

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Suhail Ahamed, Satheesh Kumar, Shafi Ahamed and friends from Manadi, Triplicane
  • Friends – From Manadi and Triplicane
  • Expenses – Rs.29,750

2) We have sponsored 250 packets food for flood affected people in Porur, Annanagar, Valasaravakkam and T. Nagar

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Suhail Ahamed
  • Friends – Karthik Sambasivam, Madhura Bhuvaneswari
  • Expenses – Rs.12,000

Day 2 – 12/05/2015

Chennai

1) We have sponsored and distributed Biscuits, Bread, Milk, Tea, Candles, Match boxes, Medicines, Water bottles for 500+ people in Kooturpuram, Palikaranai, Velacherry, Ramnagar area.

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Suhail Ahamed, Satheesh Kumar, Shafi Ahamed, Rajesh Kumar, Dhayanithi R, Gafoor Arsan
  • Friends – Shahul Hameed and friends from Manadi, Triplicane
  • Expenses – Rs.18,010

2) We have sponsored 800 dinner packets food for people stayed in Loyola college camp.

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Suhail Ahamed
  • Friends – Karthik Sambasivam and Madhura Bhuvaneswari
  • Expenses – Rs.30,000

3) We have sponsored 6 bed sheets, 2 nighties, 5 sarees, 2 dothies for flood affected people in Poonamallee area

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Rajesh Kumar, Satheesh Kumar
  • Expenses – Rs.2,740

Cuddalore area (Marrakannam)

1) We have sponsored and distributed Bread, Biscuits, Candles, Match boxes, Water bottles for 80+ families in Manadipattu and Kaanimedu villages in Marrakannam area (Marrakannam to Thindivanam road).

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Bhaskar
  • Friends – Anand, Vicky and Driver anna
  • Expenses – Rs.12,563

Day 3 – 12/06/2015

Chennai

1) We have sponsored 100 liters of milk to flood affected children in Thiruvettiyur area

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteer – Satheesh Kumar
  • Expenses – Rs.3,800

2) We have sponsored 650 nighties, 262 bedsheets, 700 inner wears, 50 sanitary napkins and 200 diapers to Kanaginagar, Chemenchery, korukupettai area. These things were distributed through E. Agayarkani Advocate, Mandhaveli

  • Sponsors – Aalayam Foundation
  • Volunteers – Satheesh Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Dhayanithi R
  • Friends – Rahul
  • Expenses – Rs.1,37,308

Cuddalore area (Marrakannam)

1) We have distributed Blankets, Towel, Bread, Biscuits, Candles, Match boxes, Water bottles for 80+ families in these areas. The materials were sponsored by friends from Tiruppur.

  • Sponsors – Vijaya Kumar friends from Tiruppur
  • Volunteers – Bhaskar
  • Friends – Muthu Saravanan, Raja, Santhosh, Manikandan, Vicky and Kumaran
  • Expenses – Rs.380

Day 4 – 12/12/2015

Cuddalore area (Sharuhasanpet, Anugampattu, Thoopukollai, Ahathanapuram, Ayikuppam, Melpathi and Vadakkuvellore Neyveli)

1)We were able to reach 1155+ families and distributed Rice, Dal, Vegetable Oil, Biscuits, Sleeping mats, Sarees, Lungi, Towels etc. We received all the materials from Sponsors who shipped from various places like Hyderabad, Trichy, Erode, Vellore and Virudhachalam. Our volunteers collected the materials in Chennai and Pondicherry for packaging and distribution. Pondicherry friends helped us with repacking to family package (6kgs rice + other materials).

  • Sponsors – Bharati Airtel (Hyderabad) and Dr. Vikram (Trichy)
  • Volunteers – Bhaskar, Satheesh Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Navin Thomas, Shafi Ahamed, Dhayanithi, Issac Jamin, Veeramani, Alen TM
  • Pondicherry Friends : Anand, Kumaran, Nidhya, Vicky, Pongavanam, Menaka, Sarasu, Kuppusamy, Elumalai, Mani, Krishna, Hari, Velu, Ravi, James, Perumal, Udhaya, Nandha team (Marrakannam)
  • Drivers – Selvam, Rafi, Sekar, Venkatesh
  • IRB Police (Pondicherry) – Saravanan, Vadivelu
  • Chennai Friends – Sherin, Franko, Justy Shyjin
  • Expenses – Rs.35,120

For more information about the donors, please visit the cause page – https://www.aalayam.org/cause/5065

How Aalayam is contributing to reduce child labor?
The economic exploitation of children is an insult to humanity.

All over the world children continue to work, putting at stake their education, their health, their normal development to adulthood, and even their lives.   Millions of them work under hazardous conditions which present dangers to their health, safety and welfare. They toil in mines and quarries, are exposed to agrochemicals in agriculture, squat in crippling positions to weave rugs and carpets, and scavenge in rubbish tips.   Too many are enslaved in bonded labor, isolated in domestic service, and traumatized and abused in the commercial sex trade.  

Statistics: A survey conducted by 7th All India Education Survey reveals below facts on Child Labor.

  • At present there are 17 million children labor in India.
  • When working outside the family, children put in an average of 21 hours of labor per week.
  • 19% of children employed work as domestic help.
  • 90% working children are in rural India.
  • 85% of working children are in the unorganized sectors.
  • About 80% of child labor is engaged in agricultural work.
  • Children also work because there is demand for cheap labor.
  • There are approximately 2 million child commercial sex workers between the age of 5 and 15 years and about 3.3 million between 15 and 18 years.
  • 500,000 children are forced into this trade every year

There are many ways to eliminate child labor. Some of them are below.

  • Eliminate Poverty
  • Encourage Education
  • Enforce Labour Laws
  • Abolish Child Trafficking
  • Promote Fair Trade
  • Replace Child Workers by Adult Workers

How Aalayam contribute to reduce Child Labor? Aalayam fights out child labor with volunteers and donors help by Encouraging Education.Education can offer an open future, a chance for improved health and safety and, above all, economic opportunity. Economic opportunity brings people out of poverty.   Aalayam with all of your support contributes in this space by providing education for the financially deprived students to continue her education without dropping out. We are increasing the possibilities by financially supporting the student so that, his next generation don’t have to become a child labor.The possibility of an educated family educating his children is way higher than a person who is not educated.  

Let’s join hands to ERASE this insult happening to our fellow humans!

How Aalayam is contributing to reduce Child Marriage?

Education increases girls’ socioeconomic status and earning potential. Education stokes girls’ imaginations and leads them to develop personal and professional aspirations. It also gives them the skills to negotiate whom and when they will marry. It can provide one of the few places outside the home where girls are allowed to interact with their peers.

Statistics around Child Marriage

142 MILLION: If we do nothing, by the end of the decade an estimated 142 million girls will be married as children.   1 in 3 Girls: In the developing world are said to be married before 18.   700 Million: Over 700 million women alive today were married as children.

Statistics in India

India has the highest number of child brides in the world.   It is estimated that 47%of girls in India are married before their 18th birthday.   While fewer Indian girls are marrying before the age of 15, rates of marriage have increased for girls aged between 15 to 18.

Education is one of the most powerful tools to delay the age at which girls marry as school attendance helps shift norms around child marriage.

Improving girls’ access to schooling will increase girls’ chances of gaining a secondary education and helps to delay marriage.

When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries on average four years later.

Aalayam contributes in this space by providing education for the financially deprived students and increasing the possibility for a girl student to continue her education in whatever the the little way we can.We should be confident that this little Initiative Aalayam is started will spread and the day is far away where there dropout rate and child marriage will be eliminated. “The Journey of thousand miles start with one step in the Right Direction” Aalayam has taken its first STEP!References:http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/how-can-we-end-child-marriage/http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/341/education.htmlhttps://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/343644-education-and-the-significance-of-life

How Aalayam is contributing to reduce national dropout rate?

National dropout rate is 47.4 percent from class 1 to 10. This is a national problem and every problem has a solution.

Aalayam Foundation provides a platform to fill this GAP.

ReducedropoutRate

Aalayam visits school administration and asks o refer students who couldn’t continue their education because of economical reasons. As school head masters, teachers know the ground reality, they refer the students and then we will do a review and finally make their cause online to collect funds. Students were referred as well be the volunteers and some students apply online.

Aalayam Foundation is serving as a BRIDGE to students in need to the donors who are willing to help.Aalayam provides a platform where Beneficiary and Donors come together to fill the dropout rate.