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Mission: Working with weaker and marginalized sections of the society with special focus on women, children, disabled and senior citizens for participatory inclusive development ; To eradicate poverty and empower the disadvantaged sections of the society through holistic education and providing them with sustainable livelihood. Providing micro credit to achieve economic independence and gender equality of women; Building alliances and networks among NGOs/Government and CBOs; and, Encouraging environment-friendly development alternatives with human values for better future for nature and humanity as a whole.

Results: RASAN RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (ARDS) is a voluntary, non political, non-profit making social service grass root level organization; It is registered under Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975. in the year 1988. Working towards Education, Health , women empowerment, gender equality, social justice, children’s rights and livelihood promotion ARDS aspires to improve the living conditions of the poor and marginalized by adopting strategies through community initiative, participation and sensitization. in which women and other marginalized communities are free from unemployment, poverty, illiteracy and ignorance. the organization has worked among backward communities in the interior unreached pockets of coastal Tamil Nadu. ARDS began to function as a rural development NGO and carry out various activities for the overall development of the rural community. Initially, ARDS was functioning with only a few staff with minimum resources. There were only 3 vocational instructors and 2 tutors carrying out vocational training in typewriting, shorthand, tailoring and coaching classes for SSLC failed candidates. From 1992 onwards ARDS started receiving Government support for implementing vocational training and awareness generation programs. We have implemented Vocational Training Programme in Typewriting benefiting 100 girls each year aided by Central Social Welfare Board, Project for Promotion of Small Family Norm and Population Control aided by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Awareness Building Programme on Alcoholism aided by Ministry of Welfare, Workshop on Dowry Problem aided by Dept. of Women & Child Development, National Integration Campaign, TRYSEM Programmes, Construction of Low cost latrines, Provision of Smokeless Chulahs, Oldage Home for Older Persons aided by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Short Stay Home for Women & Girls in distress aided by Central Social Welfare Board, Family Counseling Centre by Central Social Welfare Board, REDP in Readymade garments making to rural poor women aided by NABARD, SHG Formation & Linkage Project aided by NABARD Chennai, Micro Credit Program aided by Rashtriya Mahila Kosh, New Delhi, Minorities Development & Finance Corporation New Delhi, Computer Training Programme to poor girls aided by Central Social Welfare Board and Balwady Education Project aided by Castricum Muttatharah, Netherlands, Child Labour Rehabilitation Project by Wild Ganzon, Netherlands, Swadhar Shelter Home for abandoned women aided by the Ministry of Women & Child Development New Delhi, SHGs formation & linkage by Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd. Chennai, Project for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled by District Disabled Rehabilitation Officer, Tirunelveli.

Target demographics: Empowerment of women, education to children and care to Senior Citizen and support to distress women are the prime objectives of the organization.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000

Geographic areas served: ARDS visualizes a society where peace, gender justice, equal opportunities for women and children prevail with safe environment and abundant living through holistic development

Programs:  Health  Education  Vocational skilling  Women’s empowerment  Livelyhood  SHG, JLGs Formation, Promotion and linkage  Micro Credit Program  Water and Sanitation  HIV/AIDS  Environment  Disabilities  Family Counseling Centre  Home for Senior Citizens  Home for the Distressed Women  Home for the Orphanage Children

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mrs. Sutha Rani

Arasan Rural Development Society (ARDS), is a Non-profit, Non for political charitable organization
The organizational activities focused on livelihood while at the same time it is also involved in welfare activities. As part of the livelihood activities, SHGs formation, Micro credit

Credit Assistance To Self Help Groups (SHGs)
Economic empowerment and poverty alleviation is the need of the poor women for which our organization has been promoting SHGs and Micro Credit as effective tools of rural development. Thousands of women have been relieved from the clutches of traditional money lenders and their higher rate of interest. Thus it becomes our task to render access to credit to the needy women on reasonable rate of interest on need based quantum. Purpose of the loans (for which activities the loan amount was utilized). Dairy units, Tailoring and garments making, Petty shops, Grocery shops, Snacks and tea stalls, Food processing, Agriculture, Fish/ Meat stalls, Vegetables/Fruits/Flowers vendors.

These productive enterprises require small capital investments which can be partly met through their savings. A major portion requires institutional credit support from us. We request your kind support in our mission of providing credit access to poor rural women.

A small loan of Rs. 20000 ($97)will enable a poor woman to earn her own livelihood and enhance the income level of her family


Volunteer

Rating: 5

S. Vijayarani,
Tiruneli,Tamilnadu

The Arasan Rural Development Society (ARDS) is a voluntary, non-political, non-profit making Social Service and Grass root level Organization with the nature of Educational, Social and Economical.

With a vision of “Bridging the skill deficit gap among women, youth and farmers for creating sustainable livelihoods by enhancing their skill levels and creating better entrepreneurship and employability”.

Skill up gradation Training

Lack of specific knowledge and skills in particular trades often stand as stumbling blocks in employment and economic enhancement of rural women. Hence ARDS has been imparting employment creating & income generating vocational training to the poor women on various trades as given below.

i) Tailoring and Garments making
ii) Rexin Bags Making
iii) Sisal and Banana fibre crafts
iv) Computer Training
v)Toys and fur products
vi) Plastic Bags Making
vii)Beverage, Squash and Pickles Making

Donor

Rating: 5

Arasan Rural Development Society (ARDS), is a Non-profit, Non for political charitable organization Registered under Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975 in the year 1988. Registration No-27/88 A group of likeminded, committed and distinguished social workers organized a meeting on 20th August 1988 and discussed the emerging social and economic backwardness of the marginalized, disadvantaged and the most vulnerable communities in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu State(INDIA). They decided to register an organization called ‘Arasan Vidhyalaya’ and later renamed the organization into ‘Arasan Rural Development Society’ to suit their vision and mission.

The basic aims and objectives of the organization facilitate and guide the rural and urban poor and the disadvantaged communities in order to achieve equal participation and realize their basic needs and amenities. The organization has been registered under 12AA and 80G of the Income Tax Act of Ministry of Finance (GOI) of 1961 and systematically legitimized ARDS by registering with Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976 with the Home Ministry, Government of India, New Delhi.

The organizational activities focused on livelihood while at the same time it is also involved in welfare activities. As part of the livelihood activities, SHGs formation, Micro credit and vocational training are conducted. The welfare activities include senior Citizen Home (Old age Home), Short stay home, for women in distress, Swadhar Greh Home for abandoned women, family counseling centre, Rehabilitation for person with disabilities (PwDs), Creche Centre for Working Mother , Tuition Centre for Poor Children and Skill Development Training

Client Served

Rating: 5



Arasan Rural Development Society (ARDS) is an active voluntary organization operating in Tirunelveli District. Tamil Nadu State, India Even since its inception in 1988, ARDS is efficiency; sustainability; and a commitment to child rights and child protection It has been working for the welfare and development of the poor and weaker sections of the society. Empowerment of women, education to children and care to Senior Citizen and support to distress women are the prime objectives of the organization. In the action ARDS has taken Initiative Programme for Widows & Single Women

Promotion of socio economic and health status of the poor widows and single women is the overall objective of this project. Hence following objectives are framed for the welfare and rehabilitation of widows, deserted and single women:

Encouraging Remarriage

 Arranging adequate pension

 Motivating the people to treat the widows and deserted well with social respect

 Free vocational training and Credit plus services to widows and deserted

ARDS has estimated to assist 600 single women (widows, deserted and aged-unmarried women).

For rehabilitating one widow / single woman, we require Rs.5000/-($90)
A small loan of Rs. 10000 ( $180)will help one widow / single woman to start income generation unit and provide dignified livelihood.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mrs. P. Vijayarasi
Karisalpatti, Tirunelveli Dist
Tamilnadu.

Good day all just wanted to give a big thank you to Arasan Rural Development Society(ARDS) for the great Tuition Centers to Poor Children at kalakad Teachers Resource Guide which has a superfluity of great ideas for teaches to utilize. The Arasan Tuition centre was very informative and the teachers were very excited about Pedagogy they use the hand note to enhance the academic skill every day.

Thank you so much for providing my son with tutoring assistance related to his Science, Math and English studies apart from these the children will be trained in good health principles, hygiene practices and civic behaviors along with the moral education. Because of your help, my son he is earning better grades and enjoying Tuition classes so much more. It is so encouraging to see this progress. We will be in touch soon to schedule more tutoring sessions..

Tuition Centers to Poor Children

The rich children get extra coaching through paid tuition classes whereas this facilitation is denied to poor children. Hence they stay behind in education which ultimately ends in school drop-outs. In order to help the poor children, we propose to conduct 100 Free Tuition Centres in Tirunelveli District which will help 4000 poor students to be benefited. It is found out that these centres will immensely help the poor children in pursuing their education and promote their performances. In each center 40 poor children studying 6th to 12th class will be admitted. 2 special Tutors will be imparting supportive education. The centers will be running at the evening hours (5.00 p.m to 7.00 p.m) after the closing of schools at 4.30 p.m. A cup of nutritious beverage (hot milk) will be provided to the children. All the children will be provided orientation education on computer knowledge once in a week. Besides these, the children will be trained in good health principles, hygiene practices and civic behaviors along with the moral education.

Thanks again for all of your help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mr. Jebastine
Chennai, Tamilnadu (India)

YOU ARE MOST WELCOME!

Arasan Rural Development Society is a Non-Profit, Non-Political and charitable grass-root level organization. Providing service to the poor and the disadvantaged since 1988.

It aims at empowering the community, specifically women and girls from poor and marginalised communities, to lead a life with dignity and improved living standards.

Balwadi Education to children

The poor women in our target villages are hard working labourers. They need to go for manual works with leaving their small babies in their homes. For caring such babies in the age group of 3 to 5, the grown up children (mostly the girls) are retained in the homes as baby sitters. Thus the children especially girls become school drop outs. Moreover the kids also suffer with mal nutrition and losses their opportunity to begin their basic education. In this background ARDS began to operate balwadi centres in Kalakad and Cheranmahadevi blocks.


These centres operate from 9.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m with the intervals for food, games and snapping. Children are taught alphabets, numbers, names of birds, animals, objects and the back ground of their neighborhood. They learn through play way methods. They are also practiced on good health principles such as proper methods of hand washing, nail care, tooth brushing and using toilets. (While these children adopt these health principles in their homes, they become health ambassadors to their poor illiterate parents). In order to promote the health of the children, mid day nutrition is also provided. Periodic health check-ups are conducted in which height and weight of the children is also measured. Each centre is administered by one instructor and one helper. One health worker regularly visits these centres.

We require funds for running these centers continuously.?? Presently our centers run at rental buildings and hence we propose to construct new and convenient buildings for our children.

ARDS welcomes you to participate in our development programmes by making donations and/or sponsorships. You can also work as a volunteer to help the poor and the needy in a participatory development process.

Please contribute your mite in our endeavours to improve the socio-economic conditions of rural poor.

Donor

Rating: 5

Mrs. J. Susila Jebarani
Jeba veettu Stree Dohnavur,
Puliyoorkurchi, Tirunelveli -Dist,
Tamil Nadu-627102


Arasan Rural Development Society is a Non-Profit, Non-Political and charitable grass-root level organization. ARDS has been working last 03 decades for the welfare and development of the poor and weaker sections of the society in the major thrust area: Health, Education, Vocational Skilling, Children, Women’s Empowerment, Disabilities, Environment and WASH

ARDS has been working last 03 decades for the welfare and development of the poor and weaker sections of the society in the major thrust area: Health, Education, Vocational Skilling, Children, Women’s Empowerment, Disabilities, Environment and WASH

ARDS is the most professional, memorable, and downright outstanding organization I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. From the communication and coordination, to their genuine kindness and positivity, this Non-Profit far exceeded my expectations regarding a experienced person move away. I was chosen to attend the ARDS


Homes for the Distressed Women

Ours is the joint family system having the families sheltered together which often become the reason for family disputes, issues between husbands and wives, domestic violence, dowry harassment, etc. The women become victims and often forced out of the homes. Even though they make complaints with police, they can't go back to their homes after putting case against their husbands/in laws. In these circumstances, suicide alone seems to be the solution for them. Our Short Stay Home provides timely shelter to such women and extends all possible counseling, legal aid and rehabilitation services.


Secondly many young girls become the victims to the sexual traps of the anti socials. When it is exposed, the girls are abandoned both by the persons involved and their parents. The girls are adversely affected both psychologically and physically when they become pregnant. Our Home provides attentive care to their feelings and sorrows and consoles them in their depression and ensures safe shelter, food, health care, delivery and post natal services, counseling, legal aid and rehabilitative services. The main objective of the Home is preparing the discarded women and girls as independent in terms of socio economic needs. Besides this, the children of these distressed women are also being cared with free education, nutrition, recreation etc. The families are contacted for reproach measures so that they can restart their family life if possible. The rehabilitative training (such as basket making, toys making, sewing, typing) have enabled our inmates to upgrade their skills and gain economic independence.

Presently our Home runs at rental building and hence we propose to construct a new and convenient building for our inmates. ARDS requests individuals, the donors and organizations to support our mission through generous donations / grants / partnerships

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ms. P. Florence
17/5, Ganana Sambanthapuram
3rd street Kalakad, Tirunelveli Dist
Tamilnadu-627501

Arasan Rural Development Society(ARDS) is a Non-Profit, Non-Political and charitable grass-root level organization. ARDS is the most professional, memorable, and downright outstanding organization I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. From the communication and coordination, to their genuine kindness and positivity, this Non-Profit far exceeded my expectations regarding a Veteran Retreat. I was chosen to attend the ARDS
Rehabilitation for Disabled

ARDS is partnering with the District Rehabilitation Office for the Disabled; Tirunelveli in implementing National Programme for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disability (NPRPD) in Kalakad block of Tirunelveli district. It aims at ensuring early intervention for checking the severity of disability.

ARDS has conducted a survey for identifying the disabled persons. The census helps to ascertain the number of needy persons, and the nature of assistance they require. Vocational training programmes are organized to help disabled persons take up self?employment. Steps have been taken for forming self?help groups (SHGs) for the disabled for ensuring credit?linkage with banks. The focus of the programme is to make the disabled persons lead a decent life with an income on par with normal persons, and to eradicate the social stigma. We also offer counseling to the family members for treating the disabled with dignity.


We have also identified that there are about 1738 physically handicapped and mentally retarded persons with unemployment and poverty. The state of physical deformity and mental illness hinder than to work as manual laborers. They require our support for getting aids & appliances along with medical care services. Provision of skill up gradation trainings and credit assistance for their income generation units will help them to lead dignified livelihood. We require kind donations for rehabilitating these marginalized groups of people.

As on date 1216 disabled persons were issued Identity cards and 179 disabled persons were assisted to get monthly subsidy grant from government.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Name: Nambi Gothai,
D/o: Ganeshan
Age: 13 Years,
Class: VIII

Her early job was picking up rags and doing odd jobs. Earning two square meals a day was his only goal. His parents had big dreams for him, but poverty stopped them from dreaming any bigger.

Nambi Gothai is 13 years old and lives in 43, Yadhavar South Street, Kovilpathu, Kalakad-627501. Her father is a daily wage earner. Nambi spent most of his childhood in picking up rags to help his father in making both ends meet. Nambi was a bright child from the beginning. His parents wanted to educate him but their situation was such that they could only dream.

The ARDS Provided Education Support to Nimbi in their area was a relief for them. Nambi was one of the first to enroll in the St. Joseph matriculation school. Nambi’s progress is remarkable as he is a hardworking and a bright student. Her parents, teachers and his neighbors are proud of him.

Arasan Rural Development Society

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YOU ARE MOST WELCOME!
Arasan Rural Development Society (ARDS) is a Non Governmental Organisation doing yeoman service to the poor and the disadvantaged since 1988.

It aims at empowering the community, specifically women and girls from poor and marginalised communities, to lead a life with dignity and improved living standards.

It works in Southern Districts of Tamil Nadu, India, providing day care to kids, supplementary education to children, counselling services to families, rehabilitation of persons with different abilities, Self Help Groups, skill training and micro credit to poor women for income generation and poverty alleviation.

It supports and cares abandoned children, distressed women and senior citizens from poor families providing boarding, accommodation and health care at free of cost.

It is working with and for disadvantaged people, specifically children, youth, women, landless agricultural labourers, small and marginal farmers, rural artisans, and senior citizens.

ARDS welcomes you to participate in our development programmes by making donations and/or sponsorships. You can also work as a volunteer to help the poor and the needy in a participatory development process.

Please contribute your mite in our endeavours to improve the socio-economic conditions of rural poor.

Home for the Old aged

The elder citizens of our country particularly the poor old aged people face lot of difficulties in their evening ages. Either due to the childless status or negligence of their children, old aged people struggle for food, shelter, health care and leisure. Poor old people who have been abandoned by their families are left with no options but begging or death. Our Home provides shelter, food, health care and recreation to such old aged people. Our Old age Home has been operating at Nanguneri in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. Our Home inmates are being cared sincerely by providing them all necessary facilities and services.


Nutritious and delicious food is provided to the inmates three times in a day. Tea and snacks are given both in morning and evening. Special meals are provided during festivals and other important days.


Periodic health check-ups are undertaken by the medical practitioner who visits the Home once in a week. Any ailments identified are attended immediately. The nurse helps the inmates availing follow-up treatment. The Home assistants help the inmates for having easy bath and washing cloths.


Our Counselor provides care and concern and scientific counseling for refreshing the minds of the Old aged people. Frequent spiritual gathering , picnics and excursion make the Old age people refresh their minds and feel happy. The opportunities for rearing rabbits, doves, ducks and hens and also gardening works relieve their minds from boring status. The inmates are also spending their time in other recreational activities such as watching television, reading newspapers/magazines / books and playing indoor games such as Pallankuzhi, Thayam, Chess, Tiger vs Goats, carom etc. We are happy to report that the Old aged people are leading a peaceful and satisfied living in our Home.