Asha Trust - Project Thulasi

Project Brief: Asha Chennai is working to improve the conditions and education at several government primary and middle schools in Thiruvannamalai and Viluppuram districts. 

Project Type: Working with the Government (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Chennai
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Paripooranam K
Project Partner(s): Paripooranam K
Other Contacts: Rajaraman Krishnan
Project Address: , 8/251, Manja Nayakkar Street, Nalla Pillai Petral post, ,Gingee taluk, Villupuram district ,Viluppuram,
TAMIL NADU  604152
Tel: 91-8098873391
Stewarding Chapter: Chennai
Jul 2021ChennaiUSD 22923
May 2019ChennaiINR 2010395
Oct 2018Boston/MITUSD 1767
Jun 2018ChennaiUSD 34873
May 2017ChennaiINR 36500
Oct 2016ChennaiUSD 5308

Total = $109493.311

Asha Chennai has been working with government schools and Balwadis for several years across Tamilnadu. We started working with the villages and schools in the vicinity of Senji in 2013. In 2015-16 Asha Chennai supported two projects – FTC Seeyapoondi and Sangamam Senji. The schools supported by Sangamam Senji and Seeyapoondi are in the Villupuram and Thiruvannamalai Districts and are quite close to each other. They were also being stewarded by the same volunteer and therefore it made sense to combine them into a single project. Thus Project Thulasi is born this year.


Background Tuition center

Seeyapoondi is a small village with approximately 500 households. It is in Villupuram Dist. about 10kms from Melmalayanur. The children go to high and higher secondary classes by govt. buses which has only two services once in the morning as pick up and another in the evening for dropping the children.

The village does not have any common place for the children to come together after their work. There are approximately 10 SSLC students passing out in the village every year. They also do not have any common place to study or learn more. The 10th students who wanted to go for after school tuition for their extra learning, could not go because of safety issues. So we thought of starting a tuition centre for the children who are doing their SSLC.


Background of Sangamam Senji

Asha Chennai started supporting the schools near Senji in 2015-16. One of the teachers at the Pearl project, Saravanan, cleared TET and got a government teacher posting. He got posted at Kamakaram in Villupuram district. Since he knew what Asha does, he contacted Asha asking us to support his school also with additional teacher and materials. There were other schools in the same area which also needed additional teachers.

The scenario as regards education in this district is similar to the rest of Tamilnadu. Government schools exist but with serious deficiencies. Private (read English medium) schools are coming up and eating into the student force of the government schools. But the private schools are often worse in terms of the quality of the teaching. Asha Chennai believes the revival and strengthening of the government schooling system is essential to the implementation of any mass education initiative in India.

The schools in this area are similar to those in many other rural areas of Tamilnadu. But in addition these villages do not have any public transport. That means getting and retaining the government teachers is a problem in these schools.

We started supporting three schools as part of Sangamam Senji in addition to the one school at Seeyapoondi. Asha teachers are working at Kamagaram, Nallal pillai petral, and Seeyapoondi in Villupuram District and at Kanniyampoondi in Thiruvannamali District.

Asha Chennai is working to improve the conditions and education at several government primary and middle schools in Thiruvannamalai and Viluppuram districts. 
Asha-Chennai is a chapter of ‘Asha for Education’ based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is run entirely by an action group formed to catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children.
Aug 2021 Report on the nutrition program in 3 Project Thulasi mini-schools
Jul 2021 Report on Stationery Items distribution June-July 2021
Jul 2021 Report on Mini-school opening for 2021-22
Jun 2021 Thulasi Project Proposal 2021- 2022
May 2021 Teachers reports on mini-schools for 2020-21
May 2021 Final report on mini-schools for 2020-21
Dec 2020 Annual report for 2020-21
Nov 2020 Report on Oral Assessment at Mini schools
Sep 2020 Report on Asha Chennai Mini Schools - Sept 2020
Jun 2020 Report on Teacher activities during School Closure
Jun 2020 Report on Asha Chennai Mini Schools
Jun 2020 Thulasi Project budget for 2020-21
Jun 2020 Report on Asha Chennai Mini Schools
Feb 2020 Report on Written Assessments - 2020
Dec 2019 Report on Computer Training in Dec 2019
Nov 2019 Oral Assessment - 2019 report
Sep 2019 Report on September Teacher trainings
Jul 2019 Report on Laptop Donations to Schools
Jun 2019 Proposal for the year 2019-2020
May 2019 Report on Teacher Excursion in May 2019
Apr 2019 Thulasi Project Report - Apr - May 2019
Mar 2019 Report on Written Assessments at project schools
Feb 2019 Project site visit report 2019
Jan 2019 Thulasi Project Report - JAN -Mar 2019
Jan 2019 dummy-link
Jan 2019 Trimble funding for the project
Nov 2018 Report on Oral Assessment at the schools
Jul 2018 Why do we need libraries
Jun 2018 Proposal for the year 2018-2019
Jun 2018 Proposal for Library at Kattu Sithamoor
Jun 2018 Kattu Sithamoor library budget
Jun 2018 Project site visit report 2018
Jun 2018 Photos from project thulasi site visit
Apr 2018 Article about Seeyapoondi in Observer Today
Nov 2017 Project site visit report 2017
Jul 2017 Proposal for the year 2017-2018
Jul 2016 Project site visit report
Jul 2016 Photos from project thulasi site visit
Jun 2016 Proposal for the year 2016-2017