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  project name ~ 2009-PeterBakos-Saathiship

category ~ Saathi




  Project Name





AID India









Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


$ 0


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Khushbindar Lally
Dhanaraj Thakur


San Diego










The funding request will support Peters work for one year (late 2008 to 2009) to continue: a) providing livelihood training to community residents through Ecoskool in TN; b) provide low-cost environmentally friendly products for use by schools; c) continue work at AID-Srikakulam ; and d) set up a new training and dissemination center at the new land purchased by AID India bordering Andhra Pradesh in Vellore district.

Ecoskool, a training and production center, that was originally created to produce educational material that would be distributed by AID Chennai to pre-primary, primary and lower middle schools in Tamil Nadu. Ecoskool is located behind Eureka school and MPLC in Walodai village, Cheyur taluka, Kanchipuram District.





Some achievements of Peter''''''''s work through Ecoskool at time of reviewing funding request for saathiship -- 1. Initially started with 5 trainees and now reached 40 2. Obtaining the raw material for free, they can sustain even selling the products well below market price 3. Distributed the furniture through out 7 states of the country in about 27 schools in poorer rural communities 4. Emphasis in recycling and re-using materials





1. Increased livelihood opportunities of community residents through expansion of Ecoskool as a training and production center. (Outcome - Increased sustainability and capacity of Ecoskool center as evidenced by registering as a separate entity, expanding and constructing additional work space and diversifying manufactured products by reusing and recycling manufacturing waste produced by surrounding industries.) 2. Increased student achievement at pre-primary, primary and lower middle schools through the use of environmentally friendly, educational materials. (Outcome - Increased use of innovative, eco-friendly educational material by students through distribution of desks, puzzles, pamphlets (photo journals) and documentaries that contribute to learning.) 3. Use of sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly products for routine daily activities. (Outcome - Increased use of low-cost, environmentally friendly products as evidenced by production, distribution and marketing of smart burning stoves using Bio-char as source of fuel and other low cost technologies for daily activities.)



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