Grace Multipurpose Service Trust (GMPST) is a voluntary organisation established by a team of committed individuals to work for the development of poor and needy people in rural and urban areas. They work to help school-going children, rural poor and urban marginalised women, adolescents and youth. They operate in 56 villages in Tirunelveli district.
GMPST is committed to respecting and recognising indigenous knowledge as well as supporting local initiatives of the rural poor looking to improve their living standards. Their objectives include the following:
Providing financial assistance to children through scholarship programmes
To assist programmes working for womens empowerment
To provide assistance to schemes related to self-employment training schemes, social education programmes and more
To undertake social service activities and to provide facilities for the relief of the poor, irrespective of caste, creed and social status.
Their activities in 2013-14 were as follows:
Conducting a free medical camp for the poor: In February 2014 GMPT organised a medical camp for those people unreached by such services and for those who could not afford to meet the cost of medical expenses. This camp was organised in association with the Government Specialty Hospital in the area. Beneficiaries were supported through medical referrals for further treatment and were linked to proper schemes promoted by government and other private institutions facilitating their welfare measures. Free sample medicines were also distributed. People from 17 villages benefited from this programme.
Sponsorship Programme Activities: A project was launched to give nourishment support in the form of rice, cashew nuts, vitamins, mineral syrup bottles etc. to 120 HIV/AIDS affected children in 2013.
Free food and meals to orphanage and children’s home: In January 2014 GMPT provided free food and clothing to 125 poor students in a private residential school for orphans at Palayamkottai.
Sewing machine distribution: GMPT focuses on the area of women’s development, and provided free sewing machines to poor and disadvantaged women in their working area. Over 15 women, destitute widows and disadvantaged women benefited from this gesture which gave them a chance to gain employment.
Environment Awareness Programme: With the support of community fundraising events, GMPT conducted an Environmental Awareness Campaign in the area. Over 65 students, 145 members of the public, 32 women’s Self-Help Group (SHG) members and 18 community volunteers participated and benefited from this activity. The organisation produced specially designed resource material in Tamil on the theme of biodiversity conservation. The campaign resulted in an increase in awareness on organic farming, vermin compost demonstration, tree saplings distribution and plantation activities among other initiatives.
Delivering Educational Materials: GMPT helps school-going children continue their education by providing free educational materials, teaching aids, free notebooks and teaching material to students in the age group of eight to eleven years. More than 56 students were referred by donors and volunteers and supported by the organisation.
Source : Audit Report 2013
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