TSUNAMI: Kancheepuram District

Project Brief:
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: health and cleanliness

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Portland
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Chandrika Nimmagadda
Project Partner(s): K Murthy
Other Contacts: Maria Adaikkalam
Project Address: , Mugiayur Thope, Village and Post,Cheyyur Taulk,,Mugiayur,
TAMIL NADU  603305
Tel: 9840340244
Stewarding Chapter: Portland
Apr 2008ClevelandUSD 2677
Sep 2007ClevelandUSD 2677
Dec 2007YaleUSD 390
Dec 2006YaleUSD 400
Jul 2005PortlandUSD 11000
May 2005ChicagoUSD 2379

Total = $19523

In Kancheepuram district, nearly 44 kuppams in 30 revenue villages were affected leaving a population of nearly one lakh stranded. The destruction was so severe that several pucca houses were flattened and fishing boats smashed. The East Coast Road saved many habitations lying to the west but the smaller coastal hamlets became deathbeds and 130 persons died in the district.

The nuclear atomic power plant at Kalapakkam has always been a sensitive area. Though seawater entered the power plant, the authorities promptly dispelled fears of danger.

Agency for community Development Services (ACDS) is supported and funded by Emmaus Community Welfare (ECOMWEL), No.9 Nathamani street, Shenoy Nagar, Chennai-600 030. Through ACDS programme 17 village viz.

(i) Paramankeni, (ii) Perunthuravu, (iii) Manjuvilagam, (iv) Mugaiyur (V) Kolavange (vi) Kadalur Periyakuppam (vii) Adaiyalacherry (viii) Kanathur (ix) Keelarkollai (x) Nedumaram (xi) Veppancheri (xii) ParameswaraMangalam (xiii) Akkinampedu (xiv) Nerkunapattu (xv) Thenpattinam(xvi) Vadapattinam (xviii) Koovatur are covered and working for the Development of Rural Heath, Education and women Empowerment.

The main activities of ACDS in this region are :

1. Health awareness to Rural Folk, 2. School Health Education, 3. Primary health Services and care, 4. Supplementary Education to school going children, 5. Women self help groups formation. Thrift schemes, 6. Supporting marketing importing skill training for income generations programmes to Self Help Group (SHGs). The populations for 17 Villages comes about 21, 027 and consist of 4 middle schools and 5 elementary schools with 2259 student on roll.
The Vision of ACDS is focused on realizing the values of Justice, Love and Equality by developing the weaker sections, marginalized and disadvantaged sections of the Society.

ACDS believes in Integrated community Development.


The poorest of the poor of the project area, irrespective of their caste background will form the target group. In most of the villages as the Harijans constitute the marginalized sections of the society they form the target group of the project.

Objectives :
To strengthen the PTA – Parents Teachers Associations and VECs – Village Education Committees.

To conduct supplementary education classes.

To help the government school teachers by appointing teachers through PTA.

To organize meetings / trainings for teachers.

To create and implement village education plans.