S.E.D.'s field of activity

An Andhra Pradesh landscape

S.E.D.'s field of activity
S.E.D. works in rural areas in the Medak district, 57km to the North-East of Hyderabad. There are 20 villages in this area. The climate is hot (18°- 43°C) and it only rains three months a year. There are no rivers in the area. For irrigation the population relies on small reservoirs, make-shift dams and shallow wells. The only natural resource in the area is granite.

Geography - the population
S.E.D. currently works with disadvantaged rural populations (either casteless or tribes people) in a dozen villages.

As the 2001 census shows, Andhra Pradesh ranks 22nd for illiteracy among the 28 states that make up India. Illiteracy rates have improved recently; however, in rural areas, the figures lag significantly behind the state average:

India Andhra Pradesh Area covered by S.E.D.
Men Women Men Women
65% 71% 51% 56% 39%

The organisation

With help from S.E.D.,
governmental help and banks,
but more than anything with
their own strength...
...those women irrigated
and brought vegetation:
vegetables are coming out

KALAM's pre-schooling activities are held in the 16 NFE Centres (Non-Formal Education Centres) in the heart of the villages. These centres offer evening classes for children under age 14 who have to work during the day. The purpose of the evening classes is to enable children to attain a sufficient level (in two to three years of evening school) to be admitted into the state schooling system. KALAM's donations serve to finance the day-to-day activities of these centres.

Every month, savings-meetings are organised for the local women. After a period of continuous saving (one year minimum) the women can propose a project for a government grant. This grant then allows its beneficiary to obtain a credit from a bank, at an interest rate well below the normal rate. The grant and the credit allow the creation of “micro-enterprises” generating supplementary income to replace the salary of the children withdrawn from the workforce. Examples of these "micro-enterprises" include bicycle repair, small local shops, market garden production, etc.

S.E.D. runs regular meetings providing information on hygiene, the environment, water quality, savings, women's rights, etc.

How KALAM works

  • Bi-annual contribution of 6 500 Euros via bank transfer.
  • Permanent contact with S.E.D.'s directors
  • Personal visits by the president or the members of the association to the villages in the area to monitor the NFE Centres' development. (NB: All visitors cover their own travel costs.)

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