Irula - Bharathi Trust

Project Brief: Provide educational motivation centers for Irula tribal children in South India.
Project Type: Alternative Education (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: vocational training

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Sundar Iyer
Project Partner(s):
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , 184/14C-2 Jayanagar,,,Tiruvallur,
TAMIL NADU  602001
Tel: 91-4116-262607
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley

Asha Stars, if any:

Kadirverlu Sundaram

Lakshminarayanan S

Sai Manohar Gopisetty

Shanmuga Subramanian

Srinath Krishnan

Sundar Kumar Iyer

Venkat Sreenivas

Sep 2004Silicon ValleyUSD 11225
Feb 2004Silicon ValleyUSD 12357
Dec 2004AthensUSD 5800
Dec 2004Mid-Hudson ValleyUSD 1650
Dec 2003AthensUSD 5800
Dec 2003DetroitUSD 5690
Dec 2003Silicon ValleyUSD 17498
Dec 2003ToledoUSD 1710
Dec 2002Silicon ValleyUSD 11750
Dec 2002Work an HourUSD 8836
Dec 2001CornellUSD 1500
Dec 2001Silicon ValleyUSD 10000
Dec 2001Work an HourUSD 9763
Dec 2000DetroitUSD 1000
Dec 2000SeattleUSD 6200
Dec 2000Silicon ValleyUSD 11000
Dec 2000Work an HourUSD 23125

Total = $144904

The goal of this project is to help the Irula children become part of mainstream schooling system with the aid of motivational centres. About 530 children (between the ages 5-15) are expected to benefit. Our hope is that after 3 years most of these children will start attending government schools.
Facilitate Irula children to go to regular school. We are also considering starting vocational training to provide the Irula community with better alternatives to existing means of livelihood.
Bharathi Trust is a non-profit development organisation working for the cause of upliftment and empowerment of Irula Tribal communities living in the interior pockets of Thiruvallur district.
Since 1990, it has been working among the Irula communities in more than 60 villages spreading over 5 Taluks of the District. It has been conducting a number of development programmes such as Sangam formation, awareness camps, liason work with government for obtaining development schemes, day care services, motivation centres for eradication of child labour. etc