Society for the Development of the Depressed SDD

SDD organisation, since its inception in 1989, carried out various Action, Welfare/ Development programmes for the rural poor people of our area who Are destitute in all respects of their lives due to illiteracy and ignorance. SDD’s team has visited its target villages and organised the rural mass to Form in to groups for their own development through collective and unified Approach. SDD has promoted 20 rural women’s associations in its target area through Constant dialogues and discussions with them in order to eradicate illiteracy among these people. SDD has started Non-Formal Education centres in 20 Villages with an intention of infusing in them the learning skills to make them Aware of the day-to-day development in society as well as in the nation. (Homepage).

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Address: Society for the Development of the Depressed (SDD), M. Manavalan, President, 15/A, Arockiyanathar Street, Chetpet, Polur Taluk – 606 801, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu, India;

About: Background of the Organization: SDD started functioning in 10 villages through non-formal education programmes in the year 1983. It was officially registered in the year 1989. The main objective of SDD is “To help the Dalits to help themselves”.   

Through its intensive educational and organizational efforts, SDD is able to extend its activities to 40 villages, which are situated in 3 panchayat union – Peranamallur, Chetpet and Thellar of Tiruvannamalai District. In these villages SDD has formed Ambedkar Women’s Associations for Dalit youth and has assisted these associations to federate under the banner of “Rural Women’s Self-Reliant Movement”.

This movement addresses the issues of Dalits pertaining to their basic needs like drinking water, housing, burial ground, transportation, schools and primary health centres. It also addresses issues related minimum wages and social discrimination. In order to effectively take up these issues SDD is training regularly groups of young people in legal education, leadership skills and social analysis. SDD also trained a group of young women and men in street theatre skills and formed a street theatre group, which goes around the villages performing street theatre programmes, which serve as an effective medium of communication with the people. When SDD realized that without the participation of youth one couldn’t succeed in solving the problems of the community. From the year 1999 SDD has involved itself in educating and organizing the Dalit youth in the villages. Through these initiatives so far it has formed youth associations in 10 villages where the youth actively participate in Development issues of their village communities. The youth groups have also taken up step to join the young girls to taken up saving and credit schemes in 5 villages. The young women have been trained in legal issues and community health issues with an emphasis on traditional medical practices.

Every year SDD is training a group of 60 students both boys and girls who are from a very poor background and give them special coaching to complete their High School studies. They are from the 9th standard and are aged 14 to 15 years. During these coaching classes they are also given the skill education to prepare them to take up development activities in future in their respective village communities.

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