Thiyagam Women Trust (TWT), founded to encourage differently abled women to earn a livelihood through self-employment, works for the welfare of Physically Challenged Women (PCW) in Madurai and surrounding villages. These women are trained in income-generating occupations vocations like tailoring and computers.
Key Activities in FY15 are:
Village Evening Tuition Centre: The centre aims to provide education to poor students from villages in and around Madurai. 560 students from 20 villages were given free tuitions. Teachers are given training and capacity building through teacher’s workshop. School drop outs are identified and counselling is done for their parents to help them continue their studies. Remedial coaching is given for less performing students and they are monitored on regular basis. Life skill training on moral values is also provided. Thiyagam Education Value centres are trusted by people and running successfully. The aim is that children will practice and imbibe the values they learn throughout their lives.
Tailoring Unit: The unit offers tailoring training along with placement of PCW and illiterate girls focusing on skill building for self-employment for regular income. Tailoring machines with motors are fitted to suit the need of physically challenged women. In 2015, 20 of the trained women were successfully placed. Till date 885 women have received tailoring training.
Free Stay Home: Located in Nagamalai Pudukkotai, Madurai, inmates are provided free boarding and lodging facilities at the Home. Residents are taught tailoring and trained in computers and are encouraged to pursue higher education through correspondence. The Home also provides special classes on yoga, meditation, health, attitude and self-analysis. Currently 15 women are staying here.
Computer Centre: Thiyagam offers computer training to PCW who have completed secondary education. During the year, 18 women were trained and got part-time employment as data entry operators. Every month the computer centre conducts a program where every girl shares her thoughts on new things that they learned during the month.
Thiyagam Self-Help Groups: TWT encourages women to form Self-Help Groups (SHGs) to promote saving habits and pool economic resources to act as capital for entrepreneurship. These SHGs also give training in small scale jobs.
Income Rs11 lac
Expense Rs11 lac
Source : Audit Report 2015
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