Visit in Tamil Nadu
In April 2022, OFI team visited our partners in Tamil Nadu and used this visit to assess the reservoirs, speak to the beneficiaries, understand how the Self-Help groups work and more. The team was pleasantly surprised to see the reservoirs filled with water despite the very harsh summer. The high water levels are indeed encouraging and a testimony that our projects have a far-reaching impact, much beyond the immediate months.
Apart from the field visits, the OFI team, along with our partners spent a full day discussing, brainstorming, and sharing ideas on the various aspects of the Watershed and its impact.
The last two days were spent visiting various projects in the coastal area of Tamil Nadu.
Salles de classe
La construction de 3 nouvelles salles de classe ainsi que de toilettes et d'un bloc cuisine à l'école de Bichandarkoil de notre partenaire SEVAI (avec l'aide de la Fondation Raja) a commencé.
L'école est située à Trichy dans le Tamil Nadu. Les enfants de cette école (100 enfants âgés de 3 à 10 ans) sont des Dalits, des Tziganes et autres communautés.
Le projet comprend la démolition de l'ancien bâtiment et la construction de nouvelles salles de classe, offrant ainsi des conditions d'apprentissage plus sûres et meilleures aux enfants pauvres. Des dispositions seront également prises pour la construction de salles de classe supplémentaires dans le futur.
Busy Bees est un programme d'apiculture de l'ONG Issai destiné à 40 femmes de villages tribaux dans la région de Dindigual. La production de miel est adaptée à ces populations qui n'ont pas de terre. D'autres projets avec la création de groupes d'entraide sont prévus.
Many of our schools and secondary education institutions have been affected by floods and cyclones in West Bengal. We are therefore, in particular for one of our projects in Marakona, doing the renovation work on the classrooms affected by the floods
The monsoon rains filled our reservoirs/tanks in Tamil Nadu. These are tanks maintained by our NGO partner Gramium.
Schools (grades 9-12) and colleges in Tamil Nadu will reopen from September 1, 2021.
Sevai Shanthi School is preparing to welcome students after a long break. COVID protocols will be strictly followed within the campus. All staff have been vaccinated
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and access to sanitary napkins is a basic necessity for women. To tackle the lack of access to appropriate menstrual facilities and awareness of menstrual hygiene and health in rural areas, OFI launched a #MHM project at SEVAI Shathi school.
In the first phase of the program, free reusable sanitary napkins are distributed to girls in rural areas. Training sessions are conducted by volunteers and teachers to educate adolescent girls about the importance of using sanitary napkins and hygiene.
Objectif France Inde has always been at the forefront of promoting organic farming through our SHGs in Tamil Nadu. Recently, SEVAI facilitated a workshop on agriculture with “Panchagavya”. It is a biological product and has the potential to play the role of promoting growth and providing immunity to the plant system. When properly mixed and used, they have miraculous effects.
Thousands of people became homeless after the very violent cyclonic storm Yaas hit the west coast of Bengal in late May 2021. It happens at a time when India is already struggling to cope with its Covid-19 pandemic. Rural homes and farmland have been hit hard. Our partner, Asha Bhavan Center (ABC), was at the forefront of the relief activities. ABC distributed dry rations and baby food to those in need.
June 15, 2021
Tanks in Tamil Nadu
These are recent photos from the villages of Molapudiyanoor and Kosur in Tamil Nadu where 2 of our watershed projects are being implemented as part of OFI's #LetsCultivateDevelopment initiative. Once a dry and arid land, these areas are now teeming with activities. A healthy watershed provides drinking water, provides food, conserves water, and enables healthy soil for crops and livestock.
May 15, 2021
2nd wave of COVID
The second wave of the COVID pandemic has hit India very hard. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are not exempt. Like last year, OFI and its NGO partners Gramium, SEVAI, Vonisha, HUT are actively involved in relief activities.
March 3, 2021
Water for Life
Our new project in association with Gramium and SEVAI, aims to promote rural development through economic activities based on agriculture. It includes the rehabilitation of hydraulic infrastructure, water and soil conservation, reforestation, drinking water infrastructure, animal husbandry and training for women.
The project - Water for life II, is funded by Alstom Foundation and extends the initial “2020 Water for life” program.
March 23, 2021
A bigger and more spacious living space for the children of Christic Foster Home. It is managed by Sr. Daisy and supported by OFI as part of the “Small Home, Big Dreams” program in partnership with Dream India Network. The house can accommodate 8 boys aged 5 to 10 years old. The project takes care of their education, food, and accommodation.
February 25, 2021
The newly opened training and production center managed by Gramium Trust started operations recently. When fully operational, the center will train 100 women each year and provide employment for 60.
February 8, 2021
Our #educationforall projects supports disadvantaged children with free education, food, and shelter. Here, the children of Christic Home are having a great time n the playground. This Project is implemented by Dream India Network, in Bangalore and is supported by Objective France India – OFI
January 25, 2021
Education for all
3 new classrooms built and dedicated to the cause of #educationforall. These classrooms are built in a government primary school in Ramagondanahalli, Bangalore and in partnership with Samridhdhi Trust, and Whitefield Rising and funded by Objectif France Inde - OFI. This will help at least 60 to 90 children from migrant families who have settled in camps every year. For the first time, the government has given permission to provide education in English at this school. Training and running costs will be provided by one of the international schools in Bangalore.
January 20, 2021
Time of harvest!
The SHGs had a bumper harvest this year after good rains. All the village reservoirs are filled with a good monsoon and the water tables are replenished.
With SEVAI and Gramium, Objectif France Inde - OFI supported several watershed projects in 2020 which produced excellent harvests.
January 12, 2021
The learning center is built for SEVAI Shanthi school. When completed, this center will have a fully functional library (accommodating around 2,000 children) and space for learning activities. Project initiated and supported by Objectif France Inde
January 4, 2021
New in Kannakapillayur
Kannakapillayur is a small hamlet in Karur district of Tamil Nadu. With the help of Objectif France Inde - OFI, our partner Gramium Trust has set up a training and production center in this village. This center will train more than 100 young women / men each year in sewing and in cloths production and will provide employment to more than 60 women.