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  project name ~ Pudiyador

category ~ Education - Child




  Project Name





Pudiyador Assocn. for Community Empowerment (..AID India



Education - Child



Ramapuram in Chennai



Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


$ 5000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Balakrishnan Sivaraman











The Pudiyador Project first began as a resource facility informing uneducated women in Ramapuram, Chennai, about available government sponsored programs and benefits. This center for women was only impacting a small population of this impoverished community. In January 2001, the founders of Pudiyador changed the direction of their support program after they witnessed a young boy working full time welding automobile parts without protective gear. After this experience, they decided to change their approach by making a difference in the lives of young members in the community who are trapped in the cycle of poverty. With five elementary school students, Professor Narayanan and his son Manickam Narayanan began the first Pudiyador Center.
The Pudiyador Project has four primary goals: (1) Provide a balanced education to Indian children living in poverty. (2) Provide underprivileged children the opportunity to interact with positive role models on a daily basis. (3) Provide these children and their mothers, basic services that are generally not available to them such as medical coverage, vocational training, and a safe and stable environment in times of duress, and (4) Develop leadership skills in the children and also teach them the importance of giving back to their community by helping them mentor other children,.

The vision of Pudiyador is to empower impoverished women and children through education to break the cycle of poverty and transform their lives to become productive and active members of their communities.

The budget is for $12,800:
$800 per month operating costs = $9600 per annum
Capital costs for expansion of center = $3200.
Please check budget for further details.





Currently, Pudiyador serves three communities in Chennai. The center in Ramapuaram began with five children. Through active recruitment and outreach into the local community it has grown to support over 40 children. The second center is located in Urappakkam, where they support more than 35 children. In addition to these two centers, Pudiyador has established liaisons with similar non-profit organizations and created a network where children from similar centers interact with one another and share their knowledge and experiences. The influence of Pudiyador has reached more than 200 children through these alliances.





Short term goals (1) Improve the quality of education and life in general for the children and their mothers in the community, (2) Provide adult education and vocational training for the mothers of children in this program, (3) Involve local community members in the development and improvement of the center. Long-term goals (1) Improve the standard of living of the residents of this community, (2) Improve the economy of this community by creating a new generation of educated youth (3) Create a supportive environment where children mentor other children, (4) Help the community to maintain its culture while creating new job opportunities for the adults. The goal of the project is to support the current activities, as well as the expansion of the center at Ramapuram.



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