June 28th, 2013

Vasantha as a New Role Model for the Girls

Vasantha, Elango’s wife, has stepped up to serve as acting manager of the girl’s hostel and KGBV school.

For nearly six months now, Vasantha has been actively engaged with learning the budget processes, accounting, and operations side of managing the girls hostel and KGBV campus. In the past, Jeyaraj took care of most of these tasks on a daily basis on his own. However, Vasantha’s growing interest in the welfare of the girls has led her to take on greater responsibility for the hostel program.

She oversees the after-school tutoring programme in the new Training Center and helps handle day-to-day problems such as bellyaches or staff management. She has already made adjustments to the meal menu both at the school and the hostel to fit ODAM’s tight budget. She has supported substituting certain vegetable dishes with more locally available varieties – especially those that grow on ODAM’s organic farm.

Vasantha’s presence at the organization goes beyond the role of a manager: she is a new mentor and role model for the girls. With all the difficulties that have accompanied the transition to the new school and living situation, she has entered the organization at an important time in the hostel girls’ lives.  Her kind and straightforward methods for problem solving have won her great respect from the girls. She offers them advice and direction to support their education and health. As a well-educated and compassionate person, she is a great female leader and role model for the girls in our program!

June 28th, 2013

Resourcefulness as a virtue in a world of power cuts

ODAM staff, if anything, are incredibly resourceful and strategic. Given the difficult fundraising environment for rural education, staff have been able to take full advantage of every rupee donated to their programming One excellent example of this is how a large philanthropic organization (name wi[...]

June 11th, 2012

Letters to India: An Exchange of Perspectives

Akanksha Misra, a Grade 6 English teacher at Açı School in Istanbul ,writes about the development of a letter writing exchange programme between her students in Turkey and the KGBV School in Narikudi. Putting thoughts and feelings into words and then words into action is probably the most diffi[...]

August 30th, 2011

ODAM confronts Child Labor

American volunteer Kelsey Stark, who is currently working with ODAM, writes about the problem of child labor in Tamil Nadu. Child labor is a serious issue in Tamil Nadu, India, as in many parts of the world. Young girls are especially likely to be forced into child labor to support their familie[...]

July 28th, 2011

ODAM’s Newest Recruit

Over the last two years ODAM has been working to develop a range of fairtrade products for the Indian and international market through their ODAM Rural Crafts (ORC) Initiative. In August 2010, Usha N. joined the ODAM team as the Distribution Manager for ODAM Rural Crafts (ORC).  ORC is a private mi[...]

February 5th, 2011

Design Impact: Update

Ramsey Ford from American based NGO "Design Impact" writes about the development of ODAM's fairtrade soap and charcoal briquette projects. Design Impact (DI) is a non-profit organization that partners professional designers with community organizations. These designers work on-site with innovativ[...]

February 5th, 2011

The World’s Women

Australian volunteer Tamara Lee writes about how ODAM’s work is helping to promote women’s rights. Since 1996 ODAM has improved the lives of thousands of South Indian women and their families by addressing rural poverty and climate change, while promoting women’s empowerment, child we[...]