In 1992, the rural areas of Dindigul District could be fairly described as undeveloped and underdeveloped in material sense. Most rural children did not attend school beyond the primary grades. Health levels were low due to poverty and ignorance. The rural women were deeply engaged in a never ending struggle, as in many other areas of the various regions to maintain their family at bare existence levels against daunting odds.
To meet this need, five comprehensive Training courses were conducted successively with much more effort at different locations with outstanding results. Dull and apathetic trainees become alert and competent as they realized their own potential.
As the public sector is under-financed, overly centralized, beaurocratic, inflexible and poorly managed, it is of paramount importance for the dedicated philanthropists to throw their hats in the ring and to put up an all out attempt in many of the service oriented areas.
In this backdrop, Sri Sakthi Social Economical and Educational Welfare Trust, (Sakthi Trust) aNon Government Organization was founded in the year of200 1 with the ultimate motto of clearing the cobwebs that surround the deprived class.
The founder and the president of the SRI SAKTHI TRUST, S.P.Jothi an active women social activist established the organization and registered it, under Indian Trust Act 1972 in the year of200 1, it has been registered under 80G and under 12 AA of Income Tax Act 1961 under FCRA 1976 of the Ministry of Home affairs, Govt of India.
Since 2002 she has been getting involved sincerely and seriously in promoting self – Help Groups for their sustainable economic development through relevant self-employment schemes. So far, she has formed 1880 groups in 480 Villages, which are functioning more earnestly and effectively. She has guided nearly 21567 women folk through this program.
Sakthi Trust has organized ecological programmes & campaigns against non-bio-degradable produces in its operational areas. The Trust has conducted Health Awareness Programmes including AIDS awareness, eye camps, mother and child health screening camps.
The Instituion has maintained its reputation since its inception. Whatever it does, it is done with speed, imagination and excellence in execution. After engaging in an absorbing battle against the daunting odds, now it appears that the Trust has managed to turn the comer after a dark, unrewarding period sprinkled with defeats.
Crack in the wall
To inculcate a sense of belonging among the ” sub-altern remains to be the most challenging task in front of us. As the stage for the morgue name is created by their sweat and blood, they need to be given their appropriate share of importance. Through our Endeavour we have made the elite group to endorse that the sub-altern mass is the lynch- pin of the nation.
The Trust feels glad and proud to state that it has been approved by the Associated Country Women ofthe World, London SWIP 3RB, England and also our Director has been selected as the Coordinator of South India by Country Women Association of India, Kolkatta.
To create adventurous spirits and sports clubs are formed in rural areas. The sports clubs have motivated the youth in regular practices such as Shuttlecock, Badminton etc.
A cultural team has been set up to motivate the rural mass by creating awareness about importance of education / medical awareness / empowerment / ecological concepts / saving habits and importance and benefit of self help groups. Self employment schemes and other important subjects through street plays / village dramas etc.
AIMS AND OBJECTS
1. To develop education, culture, love, economic, and social status, community development, occupational unity, science and technology, character building, civic conciseness, social harmony, support for special reforms among the women.
2. To organize special programs for the child development with special focus on tribal,
Dalit, orphan, disabled and economically and socially poor children through
establishing necessary infrastructures
3. To undertake women development programs self-Help-Groups with specific focus on
Tribal, Dalit women and women living under ultra poverty line.
4. To establish a micro – finance institution to uplift the economic and social status of women and increase bargaining capacities.
5. To impart training facilities for skill development of women and empower them with
various vocational skills in order to generate self-employment opportunities in their
respective areas through self – Help- Groups (SHGs).
6. To engage rural unemployed youth and adults in small scale and cottage industries by providing appropriate entrepreneurial skills.
7. To conduct legal aid programmes and providing information related to women and child development schemes of the Government both state and central in- order to achieve the national development goals.
8. To run educational and social research programs by farming innovative and appropriate models to creative rural poverty in accordance with Millennium development goals(MDG)of the united Nations.
9. To run educational institutions and conduct research on social issues to find suitable remedial measures and implement them.
10. To conduct special programmes for HIV positive women and to establish special homes for their children to envisage equal opportunities as of the normal children to avoid social sigma.
11. To establish de-addiction and family counseling and rehabilitation centers at the Taluk and Districts head quarters.
12. To promote health care awareness and development schemes through indigenous mediation and encourage herbal plantations through SHGs.
13. To encourage women SHGs and farmers to motivate them to involve in organic agricultural programmes and to disseminate knowledge of Bio – intensive Gardens (BIG’s)
14. To create awareness on environmental issues and make the people aware of global warming and involve all the stakeholders to conserve the bio – diversity through tree plantation end other programmes.
15. To organize seminars/symposia /work shops/ rallies and murals among all the stakeholders about national environmental issues and encourage them to involve effectively in rural development programmes and to protect the nature.
16. To encourage women SHGs farmers groups, association to undertake non-conventional energy programs to fulfill and attain long term energy needs of the country for the sustainable growth.
17. To promote innovative/appropriate rural technologies in collaborations with agencies, universities, institutes and research development organization both local /regional/ national and international.
18. To seek assistance’s, grants from local, regional, national, and international donor agencies as mutual partners to realize the overall objectives the CONSORTIUM.
19. To seek grants, financial assistance’s, grants, loans from both from nationalized banks, micro-credit institutions, non- banking financial institutions, international banks both bilateral and multilateral banks etc.
20. To undertake training for voluntary workers, social workers and Government personal for the effective implementation of the development programmes.
21. To conduct national integration programmes through rallies / cultural programmes / cultural exchange / seminars /Symposia etc.
22. To organize programmes on life – coping skills to make them as more responsible and effective citizens of the globe.
23. The Trust is non –religious, non – communal non- political, non – racial.