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Tamil Nadu volunteers to help underprivileged children


SHANKAR RAMA SUBRAMANIAN | Tamil Nadu, January 12, 2012 18:10
Tags : tamil nadu | volunteers | under privileged children | urban comforts |

A group of volunteers in Tamil Nadu have come forward to fulfill the dreams of underprivileged children living in the remote areas and deprived of urban comforts.  

Sivaraj, convener of Cuckoo Charitable trust spearheading the movement says, “Children of the past-generation might have got some good teacher to introduce them to a world beyond school. Or they might have got some good books. Today's children mostly grow up missing such an atmosphere. They are cut off entirely from the soil. Under these circumstances, we formed Cuckoo, not only to introduce them to good books, fictions, films and formative personality traits. Now, children have planted about 7000 trees. We continue our service with the rural and scheduled-caste school children in the Sathiyamangalam and Javvathu hills."

The volunteers extend all possible suitable service to those children. They have also established 11 libraries and 6 seed and seedlings farms all across the state.

Sivaraj says, "Our foremost aim is to provide experience and opportunities to the underprivileged children  which they have lost.”

The volunteers provide school-going children training in mud-sculpture, paper-flower making, painting, tree-planting, organic-farming, identification of plants, herbs and wild-animals.

Vandi Veeran Kovil Nagar in Erode is a locality inhabited by daily-wagers which is an economically backward area. A library for children has been established specifically for the purpose of creating awareness towards environmental protection.

In Vellore district with the co-operation of the District Collector, Cuckoo Charitable trust organizes meetings every five months for children from various schools for scheduled-tribes.

Not only writers but organic-farming scientist like Nammalwar are highly appreciative of ventures of the trust.

Writer Naanjil Naadan explained children about the ill-effects of chemical fertilizers. Recently, Naturalist Nammalwar sent saplings to children for tree-planting and afforestation efforts.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017