Society for Poor People Development (SPPD) works to improve the living conditions of underprivileged children in economically backward communities of Tamil Nadu. It focusses on education, skill development of youth, and women empowerment. The families of children in the regions where SPPD operates are forced to migrate in search of better work, leaving children without the care of their parents, making them vulnerable to social and health-related ills.
Major programs are:
Evening Study Centres (ESC): The ESC helps children with learning difficulties by providing them extra academic support for their school work, free of cost. Presently, 25 of these centres operate and have catered to around 8,505 children so far. SPPD organizes periodic health check-ups and also provides nutritional support to the beneficiaries.
The Rosaleen Larkin Children’s Home: The Home cares for children who are abandoned orphans, HIV/AIDS affected or poor and have dropped out of school. It is a community based home where children stay with their parents & financial support (nutritional, educational, medical, toiletry expenses) are offered to them till they reach high school. The Home has transformed them into happy and healthy youngsters, most of whom have completed ITI, Civil Engineering, and Nursing courses. Around 294 children have benefitted from the Home.
Educational Material: To prevent school drop-outs and to assist students in becoming more effective learners, SPPD provides middle and high school student stationery, inner wear, footwear, toiletries and uniforms. SPPD also provides non-residential educational support to encourage these students to pursue higher education.
Women Empowerment: SPPD utilises SHGs as a platform to emphasize social awareness in the community. SPPD worked in partnership with NABFINS & ICICI to provide financial assistance to women in rural areas and raise their standard of living. Till date they have 827 SHGs with a membership of 11,411 women.
Youth Skill Training: The objective of the program is to provide skill training in paramedical, hospitality, basic computer knowledge and English language classes to 50 rural youth.
Besides, SPPD also runs a TB awareness program, ‘Axshya’, in partnership with REACH for better treatment, control and prevention of TB.
Income Rs40 lac
Expense Rs59 lac
Source : Audit Report 2015
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