Society for Education and Action

Project Brief: Society of Education and Action (SEA) is an NGO working to improve the quality of life in the fishermen community of villages near Mahabalipuram, TN. Asha Dallas is supporting SEA's motivation centers and teachers' salaries.
Project Type: Alternative Education (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: children with disabilities

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Dallas
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Sriram Muthukumar
Project Partner(s): Desingu S
Other Contacts: Guru Mathur
Project Address: , 107 Nemmellikuppam Perur Post,,Mamallapuram,
TAMIL NADU  603104
Tel: 9840676135
Stewarding Chapter: Dallas
Jan 2017DallasUSD 3673
Jun 2016DallasUSD 10940
Dec 2015DallasUSD 5135
Nov 2015DallasUSD 5859
Jun 2015DallasUSD 11517
Nov 2014DallasUSD 5993
Nov 2014DallasUSD 5391
Jun 2014DallasUSD 8371
Jan 2014DallasUSD 5283
Dec 2013DallasUSD 4015
Apr 2013DallasUSD 6109
Feb 2012DallasUSD 5283
Aug 2011Work an HourUSD 2910
Dec 2010DallasUSD 1560
Oct 2010Work an HourUSD 3000
Feb 2010DallasUSD 3020
Jan 2010DallasUSD 2650
Jan 2009DallasUSD 2650

Total = $93359

SEA works to alleviate the economic challenges faced by the fishermen community and salt pan workers of the Mamallapuram district through education.Often in these fishing communities, children begin fishing or salt panning from the tender age of 10 years dropping out of school. Entering the family tradition is a way of life. However, many find it a difficult occupation since traditional fishing is a job of high risks, where few reap the benefits of a good catch. As a result many of these fishermen and their families suffer socially and economically.


SEA has developed several programs to improve the enrollment of school going children residing in this fishing community and reduce child labor. Services include increasing awareness about the value of education, creating motivation centers, child health programs, parent-teacher meetings and developing youth groups to eliminate child labor. They also support government schools by appointing well qualified teachers and taking care of their salaries,

Background and need for different programs:
The tsunami tragedy has affected the children as well as the community and aggravated poverty. There were less employment opportunities and abnormal fish catching, which has driven their immediate need from sending children to school to send them to some small establishments. Child Labour practice is not new to them. If the situation of the uncared continues then the vast number of school going children will be sent to work.

1. Most of the people in the fishing villages are illiterate and do not realize the importance of education, as a result the children are not enrolled in regular schools at the right age.

An enrollment campaign would bring in awareness and motivate parents to enroll their children to regular schools.

2. Due to poverty and inadequate income of the family, parents feel children as an asset in their family. By the time the children complete their primary education, both boys and girls become school dropouts, Boys take to their traditional job (fishing) and girls engage themselves as domestic maids or take care of their younger siblings while their parents are out on the job.

There is a need to identify such potential dropouts and motivate them to continue schooling through mentoring centers.

3. The high rate of school dropouts is not only due to the economic background but it also largely dependent on the availability of local schools, proper teaching methodologies adopted by the school teachers, the ratio of teachers and children and also the association of parents with teachers. Most of the local schools in the villages have inadequate teachers, as a result managing children becomes highly challenging. The children do not receive adequate attention and leads to drop outs.

Hence appointing well qualified teachers also become an important project for this community. SEA works together with PTA and supplements government schools with more teachers.

In November 2008, Asha Dallas decided to support the motivations centers in two villages, and two teachers salary components for government schools in Gangadevankuppam and Alaperikuppam. In 2009, Dallas increased support for two more villages. Please see attcahed proposal and site visit reviews.

Motivation center:
 Motivational center is a supportive education center for the school children.
 The educational qualification of teachers working in Motivational center is 10th (pass)/ +2
 Here they teach moral education, academic subjects, sports and general knowledge.
 Educational Materials are given by Action Aid to all the Motivation Centers.
 Both in Motivation Center and in Schools they follow ABL Method to teach (Activity Based Learning Method).
 Each Motivation center has minimum of 25 students.
 To avoid dropouts in the schools they run these motivation centers. The centers are usually rented front yards or terrace of a resident's house.

Please check all the documents for more information.
Shown below are some the photos from the site visit done in 2008.
SEA (Society for Education and Action) was founded by Mr.S.Desingu, a 6th generation fisherman, in the year 2000 in Mamallapuram, Tamilnadu. He has a graduate degree in Psychology and did a one year training course in multi-purpose health work, at Voluntary Health Services, Chennai. With this background he wanted to serve his fishermen community. After working as a health worker for 10 years in Voluntary Health Services, a reputed community health organization, he initiated SEA with other like minded activists.
Dec 2017 SEA_motivation_center_activity_report
Jan 2017 SEA_motivation_center_budget_comparison
Jan 2017 SEA_flood_relief_report
Dec 2016 SEA_motivation_center_activity_report
Nov 2016 SEA_motivation_centers_2016_project_proposal
Apr 2016 SEA Anjalamal Spl School Budget_2016-17.xlsx
Jan 2016 SEA Site Visit Report_Jan 2016.pdf
Nov 2015 SEA Asha Motivation Center 2014-15 Activity Report
Nov 2015 SEA_Motivation Center Renewal_proposal_2015_-2016
Nov 2015 SEA_Motivation Center Budget justification_112015
Nov 2015 SEA_Nov2015_flood relief support proposal
Aug 2015 Anjammal School_Site Visit Report_Aug2015_Prasad
Jun 2015 Anjalamal Spl School_consolidate_report_2015.pdf
Jun 2015 SEA Anjalamal Spl School Budget Comparison_2013-15
May 2015 SEA_Social_Audit_Certificate_2015
Dec 2014 SEA Anjalamal_World Differently Abled Day_12032014
Nov 2014 SEA Motivation Center Activity_Report_2013-2014.pdf
Aug 2014 SEA_Anjalamal August 2014 Medical Assessment Camp.pdf
Jul 2014 SEA_Anjalamal Spl School_07112014 Site Visit.docx
Jul 2014 SEA_Motivation Center_07112014 Site Visit.pdf
May 2014 2014-15_Proposal_for_Mentally_Challenged_Children_School.doc
May 2014 Mentally Challenged Schoool_2014-15 Budget Comparison.docx
May 2014 6 month Consolidated Report School for Mentally Challenged
Mar 2014 2014-15 Proposal School for Mentally Challenged Children
Feb 2014 SEA Motivational Center Activity Report 2012-2013.docx
Jan 2014 Assessment Report on Mentally Disabled Children
Jan 2014 Assessment Report on Mentally Disabled Children
Oct 2013 SEA_Mentally Disabled_Project_Oct2013.doc
Oct 2013 Metally Disabled Project_Site Visit Report.docx
Oct 2013 Metally Disabled Project_SiteVisit_Oct2013 (1).JPG
Oct 2013 Metally Disabled Project_SiteVisit_Oct2013 (3).jpg
Feb 2013 SEA Site Visit Report - 02-2013
Feb 2013 SEA 2013 Project Proposal
Aug 2011 Site Visit Report Aug 2011
Jun 2011 2010-2011 Financial Report
Jun 2011 2010-2011 Financial Report
Dec 2010 SEA Vending Machine Proposal
Dec 2010 SEA Vending Machine Proposal Dec 2010
Dec 2010 Vending Machine Manufacturer Quotation
Dec 2010 2009-2010 Financial Report
Jul 2010 SEA Site Visit Report (WAH Proposal) 2010
May 2010 SEA Site Visit Report - May 2010
Apr 2010 WAH2010_Proposal_4villages
Feb 2010 SEA_2010_proposal_2newvillages
Dec 2009 Project Review 2009
Dec 2009 Annual Report 2008-2009
Jun 2009 Site Visit 2009
Dec 2008 FAQ
Nov 2008 Dallas_approved_components
Oct 2008 SEA_site_visit_2008
Aug 2008 SEA_rebudget.doc
Mar 2008 SEA_Project_proposal