Thiruvarur Schools Rebuilding

Project Brief: Rebuilding of schools in Thappalampaliyur and Vishnupuram following government order (aftermath of Kumbakonam fire tragedy)
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: B. Ashok
Project Partner(s): Rajaraman Krishnan
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Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Dec 2005SeattleUSD 3001

Total = $3001

About 6 months back there was a serious fire-accident at a school in Kumbakonam, a town in Tiruvarur District, which claimed the life of more than 92 children. The Government of Tamilnadu has ordered every school in the rural and urban areas to remove thatched roofs and lite-roofing for safety reasons. The roofs have to be replaced by asbestos or concrete structures. The schools may face closure if they do not abide by this order. This is enormously costly for the villagers to afford. Unlike schools in the towns and cities, the village schools are run for the poor with acute shortage of funds. Funds for these works at government schools are provided by the government itself. Many Government aided schools under private management are in desperate need for funds for these works.

The management of these schools, comprising of a few villagers, are desperately looking for financial assistance from different sources. This is compounded by the acute drought conditions prevailing in Tamil Nadu because of which the villagers, whose primary source of income is agriculture, could not generate their own funds.

The following two schools are managed by Prof. Kamakoti ( and family. These do not charge a fee to the students and are government aided.

1. Primary and Secondary School
Tappalampuliyur (A village 5 kilometers from Tiruvarur)
Strength - 800 Students

2. George High School
Vishnupuram (A village 20 Kms from Kumbakonam)
Strength - 1600 Students

Some buildings in these schools need to be brought down and rebuild.