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  project name ~ K4

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  Project Name

 

K4

  NGO

 

The Covenant Center For Development

  Category

 

Livelihood Generation

  District

 

Kanyakumari

  State

 

Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved

 

Rs 310000

 

  Year Approved

 

2010

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

  Chapter Coordinators

 

Sandeep Reddy

 

Seattle

 

  Caption

 

 

 

  Summary

 

 

CCD has been involved in promoting socio economic development of rural communities based on Local Resources and Traditional Skills (LRTS). Current work includes areas such as herbal medicine, rural supply chain, energy, art /craft and agro processing. Direct coverage of program is over 25000 families in 6 states and 2 UTs of India with majority of work located in Tamilnadu.
The Kanyakumari program is sequel to Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the 2004 Tsunami affected community which was implemented by CCD during the period 2005 - 2008. Socio economic development of about 2000 rural artisans in Kanyakumari district involved in palm leaves, natural fibre and sea shell based art and craft is the objective.
A creative paltform called K4 (Kanya Kumari Kalai Koodam) and a Resource Centre - SBLC (Sree Bhagavathi Learning Centre) in Kanyakumari promoted by CCD are fully dedicated facilities to promote creativity among artisans predominantly women (more than 1800 artisans) for their better livelihood who work from their homestead. Conservation concerns are made aware of and encouraged for practice among the artisans from environmental and sustainable livelihood perspectives view point. Learning of value added resource use / conservation among young students interested in art and craft is promoted by K4 and SBLC. Market promotion of the creatively value added products is also taken up. (www.k4arts.org.in)

CCD desires to make the Kanyakumari program a self supportive one. About 30 % of the management cost is internally generated as of now. K4 and SBLC with their objective to promote home- based sustainable livelihood opportunities for women, conservation of natural resources and creative value based learning will need financial support for a year or two to prepare ground for developing required learning resources, expertise and an ambience.
Goal: Learner centric value added skill development and capacity building
Objective: To provide stay and study facility that enables creative and value based learning in a culturally aesthetic, peaceful and harmonious natural setting and home / field based facilitation.
Target Group: Young Children, Rural Youth and Rural Artisans
Target numbers:
150 young urban children in the age group of 10 to 15 years 250 Rural Youth and Artisans from the 2000 strong target group
Activities:
Learning Exchanges
Art Workshops
Learning sessions on skill development and capacity building of artisans to produce value added products.
Conservation studies and practices

Intended Benefits (Short Term):

Skill development and capacity building leading to improved appreciation of nature and natural resources.
Conservation concern and sensitivity to enable prudent resource use.
Regular conduct of traditional and contemporary creativity enabling art and craft classes
Library and reading room for knowledge building
Increased income to artisans that improves standard of life.

Intended Benefits (Long Term):

Home- based sustainable livelihood for women
Creative value addition to and environmental concern for nature and natural resources
Mutually reinforcing learning opportunities for urban and rural folks



 
 

  Achievements

 

 

(3 big projects outlined here, more information available on website) Mahakalasm - It started as a small women’s group in 1992 with the intention of initiating collective savings, to be forwarded as credit to the members of the group, at times of need.The group comprised of women who had gone through the vocational training conducted by CCD. These women then went on to mobilise other women to form similar groups. The Kalasm women also manage and run a Naattu Vaidya Shaala (traditional medicine pharmacy), a nursery, health and eye camps in the villages, a seed bank, four schools and a primary health care centre. Since the year 2007, the four Mahakalasms expanded their activity base. Apart from the regular microfinance activity, the Kalasms have been key partners in the marketing of MSMSSK, Village Herbs medicines, Aharam and AEPL products. Programmes (IGP). Poompuhar Cauvery Delta Farmers Federation (PCDFF) and Kazhi Kadai Madai Farmers Federation (KKFF) -the region witnessed the biggest natural tragedy in the form of Tsunami in the year 2004. CCD quickly put together a team and got into action.Two farmer federations Poompuhar Cauvery Delta Farmers Federation (PCDFF) and Kazhi Kadai Madai Farmers Federation (KKFF) were promoted and registered. Federation helped for Backward and forward market linkages being established, they were able to sell 10-15% higher prices and procure quality input on competitive prices. Also has created a collective power to access government schemes. The two federations have totally managed a revolving fund of Rs 90 lakhs with 100% OTR.Apart from forming federations the following activities were also completed: 1) Construction of drying yard. 2) 57 kms of canals were desilted and hence increasing the area of agriculture from 200 acres to 800 acres in the region. 3) Thirteen kilometres of sea bunds were built to reduce sea water seepage 4) Agro services centre was established as business centres. The centre sold approved seeds and fertilizers. The centre now also owns tractors. These tractors are provided to the farmers at a subsidised cost. 5) Crop loans to the tune of 1.5 crore rupees were distributed among the federation members Tanga Kalasa Naithal Vaniga Meenavar Federation - The fish vending women of Nagapattinam district were among those who were badly affected by Tsunami. But since they did not have any physical damages to show little relief came their way. CCD was the first and the only organistion to focus on these neglected communities. As a first step a full length survey was conducted across 10 villages to assess the damage and needs of this community. Each member then contributed to Rs. 100/- and a group account was opened in each village. A total of 52 activity based groups were then formed. A revolving fund of Rs 7,56,000/- was distributed to 756 members as loan. The interest rate charged was just 1%. CCD also conducted medical camps to ensure basic access to health care in these villages. The group members were then provided training in enterprise building. The women were also taken to neighbouring states Kerala and Andhra Pradesh on an exposure visit to understand their business practices. The federation will now be linked with other financial organisations to give them wider access to loans. Linkage to market their produces are also being worked on. Apart from this the federation is also looking at providing value added products other than just fish.

 

  Goals

 

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/emittur.4.actions/K4?authkey=Gv1sRgCOOLwZq338XLwgE&feat=email# Goal: Learner centric value added skill development and capacity building Objective: To provide stay and study facility that enables creative and value based learning in a culturally aesthetic, peaceful and harmonious natural setting and home / field based facilitation. Target Group: Young Children, Rural Youth and Rural Artisans Target numbers: 150 young urban children in the age group of 10 to 15 years 250 Rural Youth and Artisans from the 2000 strong target group Activities: Learning Exchanges Art Workshops Learning sessions on skill development and capacity building of artisans to produce value added products. Conservation studies and practices Intended Benefits (Short Term): Skill development and capacity building leading to improved appreciation of nature and natural resources. Conservation concern and sensitivity to enable prudent resource use. Regular conduct of traditional and contemporary creativity enabling art and craft classes Library and reading room for knowledge building Increased income to artisans that improves standard of life. Intended Benefits (Long Term): Home- based sustainable livelihood for women Creative value addition to and environmental concern for nature and natural resources Mutually reinforcing learning opportunities for urban and rural folks

 
 

  


 
 
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