Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)
Secondary Focus: girlsArea: Rural
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Asha Chennai has been working with government schools in the Thiruvallur district under Project Sangamam-Poondi. Further through the project Sangamam Kanini we are sending computer teachers to other government schools in the Poondi block. Currently we are working with a total of 40 schools.
Asha focus in these projects has been education. While we have couple of times in the past built toilets for schools that lack them, this has not been our focus area. Hygiene and health are extremely important for children. Good education cannot happen without good health.
The toilet facilities in many of the schools are inadequate. The children end up openly defecating during the break time. But with rising urbanization, in many of the schools there aren’t even fields near the school. Further lack of toilet facility at middle and high schools is a major cause of girls to drop out as they attain puberty.
For the toilet work at schools we need the school to have the space for a new toilet or an old toilet in good enough condition to at least be repairable. Further we need support from the Panchayat, the Block officers and broadly the people from the village to be able to take up those activities. The schools/villages mentioned below offer us this supporting environment.
Hyundai Glovis has been supporting the Project Sangamam efforts at 8 of the schools as part of the Glovis Sangamam project. They have come forward to help construct toilets where there aren’t any available, repair the toilets which are in need of repair and also provide drinking water supply for villages that lack them. The project Sugadharam is an outcome of that support.
Schools/Villages to be covered:
Asha prefers to work with villages on a long term basis. Just providing a toilet or school building to a school rarely achieves the purpose the effort sets out to achieve. Therefore we are only proposing villages/schools that we are already working with and will continue working with in the foreseeable future.
Ramancheri (from 2013)
The school is a middle school. There are about 60 children in the primary sections (class 1 to 5) and about 20 children each in classes 6, 7 and 8. Asha has been providing one teacher at this school from about Sept 2013. This is a school that has always offered full support for all Asha Chennai activities.
The school has only one functional toilet. This is shared by the teachers and the older girls. There are no toilets for the younger girls or the boys. There was a toilet that was constructed for the boys but it is such a poor job that it cant even be repaired. The school has another piece of land nearby where a new school building is also coming up. There they have space for toilet(s). Ideally we can construct toilet complexes for both boys and girls in the new area.
Gandhigramam (from 2013)
The village is almost entirely tribal village and is hence very poor. The primary school there has 60 children and 2 government teachers. The area is a very poor area and is badly in need of our support. Asha has been providing one teacher for this school.
The school has two toilets (one for the boys and one for the girls). These toilets are in a state of repair. Further the 3 public hand pumps in the village that used for the village’s water supply, also need rework. The village and the school has been very supportive of our efforts.
Yelappa Naidu Pettai
Asha was supporting the primary school in this village from 2009-10 to 2012-13. We dropped support for this school as the teacher student ratio did not warrant an additional teacher. The school has about 60 children. This last year we have been sending a computer teacher to this school.
The school has toilet complexes for the boys and the girls. But both of these are in a state of repair. The school HM (still the same from or 2012-13 period) is fully supportive of Asha’s efforts.
Nemiliagaram School (2006 to 2011 and from 2014)
This primary school was supported by Asha from 2006 to 2011. We once again started supporting the school from 2014-15. Currently we have one Asha teacher at the school. The school has only one common toilet. Minor repairs are required at the toilets.
Kannigaiper (from 2014)
Kannigaiper is the the first school we started supporting in the Ellapuram block of Thiruvallur dist. The school has about 100 children and 4 teachers (incl HM). Asha has been providing one teacher for the school from 2014-15. The school has toilets for girls and boys but both of them are in a state of repair. They have one more new toilet which is used by the teachers and the older girls. Both the old toilets need to be repaired. There is full support for us from the Panchayat and the HM.
Annanagar (from 2016)
This is another village is almost entirely tribal village and is hence very poor. This is in the Ellapuram block. The primary school there has about 100 children and 3 government teachers. Asha has been providing one teacher for this school. The teacher has just started going there in September 2016.
The school has two toilets (one for the boys and one for the girls). These toilets are in a state of repair. The school HM has been very supportive of our efforts.
Thandalam (from 2016)
This village is also in the Ellapuram block. The primary school there has about 115 children and 4 government teachers. The HM is also the CRC coordinator and is often away on duties. Asha has started providing one teacher for this school. The teacher has just started going there in September 2016.
The school has only one very old toilet which is only being used by the teachers. They have the space for one new toilet complex. The Panchayat president is also willing to demolish an unused old building to give us space for another toilet complex if required. Ideally we can construct toilet complexes for both boys and girls.
Kachur (from 2013)
The people served by the schools come from a tribal hamlet within this Panchayat. This is probably the worst off group of people is any of the schools supported by Asha. The school has 68 children and 3 teachers. Asha has been providing one teacher for this school from 2013-14.
The school has two toilets for the boys and girls. But both of them are in need of some minor repair. Further the village has no useable common water pumps. They are in desparate need for these. The one old pump is also in need of repair. They would further need 2 more new water pumps.
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Jul 2017 Site Visit July 2017
Apr 2017 Project Sugadharam extension - proposal 2016-17
Apr 2017 Toilet construction at the schools in Thandalam - Report
Apr 2017 Photos from Thandalam toilet inauguration
Mar 2017 Photos from construction of toliets
Mar 2017 Photos from Thandalam toilet painting
Nov 2016 Photos - existing state of the toilets at the schools
Oct 2016 Project Sugadharam proposal 2016