Bharathi Trust - Senchiamma School

Project Brief: Senchiamma school is a balwadi for Irular tribal children, run by Bharathi Trust in Senjiagaram village near Chennai. This school provides Early Childhood Education support to rougly 35 boys and girls in the 0-6 age group.
Project Type: Pre-Primary (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: creating resources

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Shanthi Sravanakumar
Project Partner(s): Siddamma E
Other Contacts: Palani Sundaramurthy
Project Address: , Bharathi Trust, 184/14C, IIIrd Cross St.,Jaya Nagar, Thiruvallur,Senjiagaram village,
TAMIL NADU  602001
Tel: 011 91 9884080048
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Jan 2024SeattleUSD 8257
Sep 2022SeattleUSD 7805
Nov 2021SeattleUSD 7816
Oct 2021SeattleUSD 2252
Jun 2021SeattleUSD 2631
Aug 2020SeattleUSD 7730
Apr 2020SeattleUSD 1377
Jul 2019SeattleUSD 7336
Feb 2019SeattleUSD 6494
Dec 2017SeattleUSD 7953
Oct 2016SeattleUSD 13931
Oct 2015SeattleUSD 3034
Jan 2014SeattleUSD 17146
Apr 2012SeattleUSD 3925
Feb 2012SeattleUSD 1904
Jun 2011SeattleUSD 3000
Sep 2010SeattleUSD 3150
Feb 2010SeattleUSD 3080
Oct 2008SeattleUSD 2892
Dec 2005SeattleUSD 5000
Dec 2004SeattleUSD 4200

Total = $120913

The precious early years from 0-6 years are the most important part of childhood that greatly contribute to the rest of their lives. This is the period during which they need the most amount of care in terms of nutrition, health care, attention and guidance. The early years need sensitive education that is child centered and seen from the perspective of a child’s stages of development.

The Irular children come from poor families and are extremely disadvantaged when it comes to all-round development during childhood. The hope from this project is to provide these children nurtritional food and early childhood education that stimulates learning by doing.

A school composed of 2 buildings houses around 35 children, one teacher and a cook. The trained school teacher encourages creativity in children through storytelling, song and dance. The children have access to educational aids like flash cards and blocks that promotes motor and sensory skills.
Early Childhood Education needs to include a variety of areas that help with the development of the child’s sensitivity to the environment, growing senses, motor skills, imagination and natural empathy besides encouraging independence in everyday practical skills. Rather than emphasize the end result a lot of care has to be taken to ensure that children have sufficient time to explore their work and learn at a pace that is comfortable for them. Even though the areas listed below appear to be a lot - this only comes into the picture while preparing the environment. The intent is not to create a time-table with these as subjects but rather to create practical explorations that the child can choose from - in the following areas and more based on observing the children. The child will naturally be inclined towards some. Eventually the child will look into most of what is offered for exploration. Also when there are many children - they will be naturally curious about what other children learn and hence cover a variety of topics.
Bharathi Trust is a Chennai-based NGO that is engaged in empowering the Irulars, an oppressed tribal community in Tamil Nadu, for the past 10 years. The trust has an active presence over 300 villages spread in Cuddalore and Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu. The Irualars are an indigenous community who traditionally survived through occupations like occupations are honey collection, hunting, coal making, snake and rat catching. However, most of them have lost these traditional livelihoods and now are confined to a life of poverty taking to coolie work and laborers in the fields and mills (some of them are bonded laborers). Asha has been involved with Bharathi trust since 2000 and has supported their motivational school project over the years. ( has additional information about that project)
Sep 2023 Project Metrics
May 2023 Annual project presentation for 2023
May 2023 2023-2024 Budget
Sep 2022 2022-2023 Budget
Sep 2022 Annual project presentation for 2022
Jun 2022 2022 Senchiamma School site visit report
Oct 2021 2021-2022 Budget
Sep 2021 Maintenance funds request
Jun 2021 COVID relief funds request
Jun 2021 2021 Senchiamma School Site Visit Report
Aug 2020 Annual project presentation for 2020
Aug 2020 2020-2021 Budget
Apr 2020 COVID relief funds request
Apr 2020 Updated COVID relief funds request
Jun 2019 Annual project presentation for 2019
Jun 2019 2019-2020 Budget
May 2019 2019 Senchiamma School site visit report
Oct 2018 Annual Presentation for 2018
Oct 2018 2018-19 Budget for Senchiamma School
Nov 2017 2017-18 Budget for Senchiamma school Modified
Nov 2017 Annual Presentation for 2017
Nov 2017 2017-2018 budget for Senchiamma School
Nov 2017 Annual Presentation for 2017 Modified
May 2017 2017 Senchiamma School Site Visit Report
Dec 2016 FCRA Renewal
Sep 2016 Revised Budget for 2016-17
Sep 2016 Revised Budget Sept2016
May 2016 Budget for 2016-17
Apr 2016 Site Visit Report April 2016
May 2015 Budget for 2015-16
Jul 2014 Site Visit Report July 2014
Jul 2014 Site Visit Report July 2014
Jul 2014 Site Visit Report July 2014
May 2014 Budget for 2014-15
Feb 2014 OutdoorPlaySetsEstimate
Dec 2013 Senchiamma School Roof Construction Estimate
Dec 2013 Combined Budget 2013
Aug 2013 Site Visit Aug 2013
Dec 2012 Budget for Senchiamma School
Sep 2012 Budget for Senchiamma school
Jun 2011 Budget for 2011-2012
Jun 2011 Picture from 2011
Jun 2011 Picture2 from 2011
Jun 2010 Budget for 2010-2011
Jun 2010 Annual Project Presentation for 2010
Aug 2008 Site Visit August 2008
Apr 2006 Site Visit report May 2006
Jan 2005 Cover letter for check sending (2005)
Feb 2004 Cover letter for check sending (2004)
Dec 2003 Items & Expense spreadsheet
Dec 2003 Items & Expense spreadsheet