Vilpatti Village Project (VVP) operates in a remote village at a
height of 2000 metres in the Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu. The project
focuses on the most marginalised sections of the community, in particular
impoverished women and children, designing its programmes to meet
their practical needs.
India has worked with VVP, at project level, to build on VVP's own
capacity to provide the practical tools for self-reliance: e.g.,
education for local children, a crèche, literacy and numeracy programmes
and training in tailoring and carpentry. A VVP health clinic has
improved upon its strategy to immunise all children and provide
for the primary health needs of this community vulnerable to rapidly
changing temperatures in the Palani Hills.
India also empowers people on an individual level: young impoverished
parents are helped to help themselves through supported income-generation
schemes at VVP, enabling a number of local women to become financially
independent via the production of candles and cards for the local
continues to raise funds for the poorest and most vulnerable children
in VVP both through one off grants and through child sponsorships
and ICT is exploring new ways to expand this support.