Fellowship: Anu and Krishna

Project Brief: This is a fellowship supporting S. Anuradha and T. Krishna who have set up a Learning Resource Center in Sittilingi, Tamil Nadu
Project Type: Fellowships (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: creating resources

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Princeton
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Ravi Gangavarapu
Project Partner(s): Anu Krishna
Other Contacts: Sridhar Desikan
Project Address: , c/o Tribal Health Initiative,Sittilingi,Theerthamalai P.O.,
TAMIL NADU  636906
Tel: +91-4346-299197
Stewarding Chapter: Princeton
Jul 2016PrincetonUSD 5752
May 2015PrincetonUSD 5697
Aug 2014PrincetonUSD 5540
Jun 2013PrincetonUSD 5495
Jun 2012PrincetonUSD 5425
Mar 2011PrincetonUSD 6050
Apr 2010PrincetonUSD 5555
Mar 2009PrincetonUSD 4900
Apr 2008PrincetonUSD 5750
Mar 2007PrincetonUSD 4400
Mar 2006PrincetonUSD 4200
Jun 2005PrincetonUSD 4300
Dec 2004PrincetonUSD 4100

Total = $67164

Anu and Krishna are Asha Fellows identified for their interest in doing social work. Their work ranges from promoting and practising an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, to working in a children's learning center where children are offered alternate, fun learning activities after school or given individual tutoring if needed. Asha supports their work by providing a fellowship.

Anu and Krishna are two architects who, disillusioned with the formal education system, moved to the village community of Gandhigram in Tamil Nadu in 1988. There they learned and taught about alternative, environmentally sustainable building technologies using material that is locally available. In 1993, they shifted to Gudalur, a tribal area in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, where they worked with the NGO ACCORD to equip adivasi youth with various skills needed for managing their own community.

Meanwhile, they grew interested in children's education, especially in areas where the quality of education is low and the right education can help a person gain self-confidence. From 2001 to 2003 Anu taught at an alternative school run by ACCORD. Their experiences suggested to them that:

- Children from disadvantaged sections in rural areas need an education that would help them gain self-respect and live with dignity. For this they need to acquire skills relevant to the community and the local economy.
- Chilren have a natural curiosity and capacity to learn, that needs to be nurtured by giving them space and the right environment.
- Children need the company of sympathetic adults who can encourage them to acquire skills and knowledge.
In June 2003, Anu and Krishna moved to Sittilingi, a remote adivasi village in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. Here, as a means of addressing the above points, they have set up a Learning Resource Center. The goal of this center is to provide a place where:

- Children are in the presence of adults who can motivate them and provide support for learning
- Children can access basic learning resources that are not available to them in their homes or schools
- Children attend supplementary classes or prepare for exams away from crammed and noisy homes
- Children interact with visiting professionals from various walks of life to get exposure
- Young adults are trained to create similar spaces for children in their own villages
- As children grow into young adults, they can have access to vocational training courses and network with other such centers.
Jul 2016 2016 Proposal
Jul 2016 2016 approval meeting minutes
Apr 2016 2016 Site Visit
May 2015 Proposal for 2015
May 2015 Approval Minutes for 2015 Proposal
Aug 2014 2013-14 Annual Report
Aug 2014 2014 Site Visit Report
Aug 2014 2014 Financial Proposal
Aug 2014 2014 Approval Meeting Minutes
May 2013 Approval Minutes 2013
May 2013 Progress report and proposal 2013
May 2012 Annual report and proposal 2012
May 2012 Approval Minutes 2012
Feb 2011 Annual report and proposal 2011
Feb 2011 Approval Minutes 2011
Dec 2010 Annual report and proposal 2011
Mar 2010 Approval Minutes 2010
Mar 2010 Annual report and proposal 2010
Mar 2009 Financal Proposal 2009
Mar 2009 Minutes of conf. call for renewal
Aug 2008 Site Visit Report
Apr 2008 Anu and Krishna Fellowships - Chapter Discussions
Apr 2008 Anu and Krishna - Thulir 2007-2008 Report April 2008
Feb 2008 Anu and Krishna - Update February 2008
Aug 2007 Site Visit Report, 2007
Mar 2007 Thulir Update March 2007
Mar 2007 Funding Decision - Asha Princeton Meeting Minutes_032407
Feb 2007 Thulir Visit by Sanjeev and Anita - Feb 2007
Oct 2006 Minutes of Know Your Fellows Call October 8, 2006
Mar 2006 Fellowship update
Jan 2006 Thulir Blog
Sep 2005 Newsletter
May 2005 Newsletter
Mar 2005 Newsletter
Jan 2005 Newsletter
Jan 2005 Tsunami update
Jan 2005 Site visit by Shankar
Dec 2004 Newsletter
May 2004 Newsletter
Apr 2004 Newsletter
Sep 2003 Newsletter
Mar 2003 Initial fellowship writeup
Mar 2003 Site visit by Anita Balasubramaniam
Mar 2003 Fellowship Application - Krishna
Mar 2003 Nomination - Krishna
Mar 2003 Fellowship Application - Anu
Mar 2003 Nomination - Anu
Mar 2003 Initial study report