Asha for Education Logo Bharathi Trust - Senchiamma School
Uthukkottai, Thiruvallur District
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Project Steward
Shanthi Sravanakumar
shanthi DOT sravana AT gmail DOT com
Project Partner(s)
Siddamma E
bharathitrust AT yahoo DOT com
Additional Contact
Palani Sundaramurthy
psundara AT gmail DOT com
Project Address
Bharathi Trust, Office: 184/14C, IIIrd Cross St.,
Jaya Nagar, Thiruvallur
Senjiagaram village, Uthukkottai, Thiruvallur District
TAMIL NADU  602001
Tel: (044) 55519973, 044 24452473
Funds Disbursed

Total = $47,331

TOTAL: $47,331.00
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Project Description

The precious early years from 0-6 years are the most important part of childhood that greatly contribute to the rest of their lives. This is the period during which they need the most amount of care in terms of nutrition, health care, attention and guidance. The early years need sensitive education that is child centered and seen from the perspective of a child’s stages of development.

The Irular children come from poor families and are extremely disadvantaged when it comes to all-round development during childhood. The hope from this project is to provide these children nurtritional food and early childhood education that stimulates learning by doing.

A school composed of 2 buildings houses around 35 children, one teacher and a cook. The trained school teacher encourages creativity in children through storytelling, song and dance. The children have access to educational aids like flash cards and blocks that promotes motor and sensory skills.

Purpose / Goals

Early Childhood Education needs to include a variety of areas that help with the development of the child’s sensitivity to the environment, growing senses, motor skills, imagination and natural empathy besides encouraging independence in everyday practical skills. Rather than emphasize the end result a lot of care has to be taken to ensure that children have sufficient time to explore their work and learn at a pace that is comfortable for them. Even though the areas listed below appear to be a lot - this only comes into the picture while preparing the environment. The intent is not to create a time-table with these as subjects but rather to create practical explorations that the child can choose from - in the following areas and more based on observing the children. The child will naturally be inclined towards some. Eventually the child will look into most of what is offered for exploration. Also when there are many children - they will be naturally curious about what other children learn and hence cover a variety of topics.

Organization Description

Bharathi Trust is a Chennai-based NGO that is engaged in empowering the Irulars, an oppressed tribal community in Tamil Nadu, for the past 10 years. The trust has an active presence over 300 villages spread in Cuddalore and Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu. The Irualars are an indigenous community who traditionally survived through occupations like occupations are honey collection, hunting, coal making, snake and rat catching. However, most of them have lost these traditional livelihoods and now are confined to a life of poverty taking to coolie work and laborers in the fields and mills (some of them are bonded laborers). Asha has been involved with Bharathi trust since 2000 and has supported their motivational school project over the years. ( has additional information about that project)

Project Type: Pre-Primary (description)

Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: creating resources

Other Focus: health and cleanliness

Area: Rural

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Jul 2014Site Visit Report July 2014
Jul 2014Site Visit Report July 2014
Jul 2014Site Visit Report July 2014
Jul 2014Site Visit Report July 2014
Feb 2014OutdoorPlaySetsEstimate
Dec 2013Senchiamma School Roof Construction Estimate
Dec 2013Combined Budget 2013
Aug 2013Site Visit Aug 2013
??? 2013Budget for Senchiamma School
Sep 2012Budget for Senchiamma school
Jun 2011Picture from 2011
Jun 2011Picture2 from 2011
Jun 2011Budget for 2011-2012
Jun 2010Budget for 2010-2011
Jun 2010Annual Project Presentation for 2010
Aug 2008Site Visit August 2008
Apr 2006Site Visit report May 2006
Jan 2005Cover letter for check sending (2005)
Feb 2004Cover letter for check sending (2004)
??? 2004Items & Expense spreadsheet
??? 2004Items & Expense spreadsheet
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