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.