How CDSA helps...
Led by Chandra Babu, this project has been established at
Idinjar, a Dalit and tribal village over two hours by car to the north of Nedumangad
in the foothills of the Western Ghats. A beautiful, but isolated tribal area,
where some families live in reservations.
This is a place of great need. It
is a marginalised area in every way. Government services are lacking and most
workers are agricultural Coolies (day labourers).
The area lacks quality education and health care facilites.
We fund three tuition groups, to cater for age range 5 - 14 years. We have
five teachers and a field worker, who liaises with the families in the community.
We have funded a Vacational Education Programme, to provide
continuation schooling through the long holiday (April
to June), which includes
a day study tour for all children.
There is an embroidery and tailoring unit for twelve women, which is both a training
and an income generating facility.
We have established a community health resource centre, which in Chandra's
"Provides minimum health service facilities to the villagers and develops
health related awareness, especially among women and children."
The key to this is our full time health worker,
who with the nurse gives immediate first aid, organises and runs health
awareness classes and identifies people who need to receive a doctor's
The doctor attends the centre weekly to diagnose
and treat patients, and if necessary, refer them to hospital.
The health worker and nurse monitor the patients
and their medication regimes.