Formal & informal community participation and methods of community action adopted
- The surrounding community has participated in all the activities of “ SEED “. The Land at Sriperumbudur in which the project site is located was donated by the community ( Dr.N. M. Parthasarty and Mr. Dharam Chand Jain ) – 2 acres 12 cents.
- The land at Irungattukottai for Industrial Training Centre by “ Canara Bank Platinum Jubile Rural development Trust “ – 85 Cents.
- The Land at Utkottai for High School Project was bought with the help of OXFAM ( INDIA ) TRUST and Rev.P.Ceyrac S.J. ( 6 –acres )
- Health – Check – ups are conducted periodically by the local clubs, Sri. Ramachandra Medical College & Hospital ( Deemed University ) for the benefit of the children of SEED and other children of the surrounding villages.
- Community is providing one- time meal to all the children of SEED by contributing one handful of rice/wheat. ( in the container kept for this purpose in the respective Households provided by RAJASTHAN YOUTH ASSOCIATION ). This is then collected by Rajasthan Youth Association ( RYA ) on monthly basis from each house and handed over to us. This amounts to approximately 300 Kgs. Of rice and 200 Kgs of wheat. Community is also providing unused and unexpired medicines, multivitamin tablets and tonics either individually or through organizations. Some members of the community have shown interest in celebrating the birthday of their children at SEED while others have come forward to celebrate their Marriage Day at Community has provided drinking water facility, drainage facility, electricity facility and gas stove. Contribution being received for the purchase of books and note books at the beginning of each academic year. Community is donating uniforms and old cloths for the children.
Dedicated youngsters from community and also from the reputed industries such as DELPHI =TVS help the students of SEED Schools by conducting tutorial classes during non-school hours.
- To provide training in printing, the Canara Bank has donated a printing press. Training in Computer Technology is provided to the children by our trained staff.
- Seeing the work done in the SEED campus, quite a few well-wishers have come forward to act as representatives of SEED in each district of Tamilnadu. They function as a bridge between SEED and Prisoner/Leprosy Patients Community and nominate children for care by the SEED. Convinced by the objective of the SEED and the excellent work done, OXFAM and ACTION AID, German Leprosy Relief Association, Misereor and ASMAE came forward to associate themselves with SEED. Involvement of a cross section of people and also various institutions in our tasks indicated that – by our work, we have made impact on the society.
- In tailoring, women form surrounding village (SCS) participated. 50 women from 3 blocks namely Poonamallee, Sriperumbudur and Walajabad in the Kancheepuram Dist. Took part in the workshop on Simple Chemicals and Mushroom Cultivation. They came as far away as 40 Kms from our campus without having proper mode of conveyance.
- A point to be noted is that the Participants in the above workshop belong to the scheduled caste (SCS) had never venture out of their house previously.
- Without any publicity our Special Industrial Training Institute attracts the needy poor children of the State. Apart from the children of “ SEED “, who studied in SEED from I st. Std. To X std., destitute, deserted, abandoned and socially disadvantaged children have come from various parts of the State to avail the benefit of this Special I.T.I.
- Some of the drug addicts of the surrounding villages have changed their drinking habits and chosen a new path after witnessing a street play of our children “ EVILS OF ALCOHOL DRINKING”.
- Due to the advice given in person or through letters by their children staying in SEED, parents ( Life Prisoners ) have felt sorry for their act of murder.
- Parents ( Leprosy Patients ), now, are slowly changing their way of living from begging to honest job, even though it is a small one, due to the change in their children’s behaviour and advice given by their children.