People’s Craft Training Center (PCTC) is non profit organization formed in the year 1991 by Mr. Xavier Mariadoss. PCTC is registered as a Trust. Xavier Mariadoss has a B. Sc in chemistry, PG diplomas in Non formal and adult education and in Health and Development obtained in USA. He was between 1994 and 1996 the executive director of the rehabilitation of disabled person program in India for Handicap International.
PCTC was created to provide rehabilitation services to the people affected by Polio. Later the services were expanded to other disabilities.
PCTC is working with the deprived people / people with disabilities / women and children and it works towards collective self-reliance and total development of people through community participation.
Women empowerment program, community health program, Children development program, Skill training and Employment opportunities are some of the PCTC’s initiatives to address the needs in the community. Every activity initiated by PCTC is in response to the felt need of the people in the community.
While PCTC advocates self-reliance for people, it ensures that the strategy evolved for implementing the program includes a sustainability plan, quality and link between all the initiatives and is complimentary in nature.
PCTC is operating in one Developmental Block of 124000 populations in Tiruvannamamalai District. The operational area is located 200 Kms south west of Chennai. The name of the Block is Thurinchapuram which has 47 panchayats (village council), 102 villages consisting of 274 habitations. This is drought prone area, receiving below average rain fall. 70% of the people are agricultural laborers. 20 % of the people own land. They are only small and marginal farmers owning less than 1 acre of wet land or 2.5 acres of dry land. Rearing animals is a secondary occupation in this area. There is a big migrant group from this area moving to the cities –Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Tirupur. This has big impact on people.
Staff of the executive team:
CEO: Mr. Xavier Mariadoss
Director of Rehabilitation: Mr. Vijayaraj
Consultant for community health program: Dr.Kirubakaran
Consultant for thulir program: Mr.Elumalai
Coordinator of rehabilitation program: Mr. Dhandapani
PCTC’s activities are fund by the interest of its Corpus Fund (the capital of the organization, the permanent fund) though PTCT farm, quilt sales etc.
PCTC receives a financial support of Quakers from Netherland through regular donation.
Mr.Meier from Swizerland contributes to the corpus fund and to special projects. 2Bears charity-UK contribute to PCTC’s children development projects (2Bears is registered as a UK NGO, it has a mission to support the work of local charities in Southerne India).
PCTC is part of two big networks, the Tamil Nadu Voluntary Health Association and the Tamil Nadu coalition past 2015. PCTC works with local consultants for their programs.
Since its creation PCTC has set up:
- A live data base of 2042 people with Disability in the entire district
- A micro credit program for a population of 124000
- 16 acres of land as model farm where organic farming is being practiced. It is also being used for the neighbouring farmers as a place of demonstration in innovative farming practices. Six acres of the farm land has fruit trees. The rest of the land is used t cultivate paddy, vegetables and rearing of animals and are used as a training place in agriculture for disabled adolescents
- A full fledged Rehabilitation workshop for people with disability, a day care centre and an early intervention center for children with disability.
- Three primary health centers viz : Thurinchapuram, Narthampoondi and Mangalam.
- 106 Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Centers.
The Community Based Rehabilitation program for the 2042 people with disability is one of ongoing activities of PCTC.
PCTC is providing opportunities for rural children for personality development and co-curricular activities for 180 children (Thulir children’s program).
PCTC is also promoting renewable energy in the area of operation and educating people on climate change adaptation techniques.
They are as well promoting native medicine-Siddha System of medicine among people (community herbal gardens in the villages, preventive health care for children with disability, training for health workers, student doctors program (kutti Marthuvar) among school going children).
10500 women are involved in the women empowerment program through self helps groups. 27 teenage girls are involved in the skill training and Employment opportunities in the women empowerment program. 45 women are trained in quilt unit.
Every activity initiated by PCTC is in response to the felt need of the people in the community.