Training to youth community leaders on soil and water conservation techniques

Gramium is working in Karur district of Tamilnadu and implementing watershed development programme for the sustainable development of the target community with people’s participation and contribution in Krishna Rayapuram and Kulithalai blocks.

The project area is a rain-fed area that largely depends on monsoons.

The main objective of the programme is to improve the livelihood of the farmers through sustainable agriculture by training the farmers in soil and water conservation methods which they can continue even after the end of the project.

The people from the target area would be trained in various water and soil conservation techniques and also cropping methods, which would reduce the cost of input and water.

Since this project is in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu, it is not easy to find trainers who can train the local people in these skills.
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The volunteer should be well versed in latest agricultural developments and techniques to train the community and also be good in English.

Among the subjects the volunteer needs to approach :

-Building check-dams, bunds for conserving water
Scientific use of various irrigation methods like sprinkling, drip irrigation to maximize the use of limited water.

-Organic farming methods

-Training by demonstrations is expected to be the methodology for the mission.
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For Agriculture training, the volunteer will train the community on Agriculture techniques and according to the curriculum prepared by the volunteer, with the time-schedule planned accordingly.

Commuting: A jeep will be used to commute. Sometimes motorbikes can be used instead of the jeep, in that case, the volunteer will be provided with a proper helmet. The volunteer will ride on a pillion with the staff driving the motorbike.
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Through the mission, it expected that a minimum of 150 farmers (50% women), will be trained which will help them to do farming activities in a cost-effective manner and also the trainees will train and transform the techniques to fellow farmers.

The age range of the beneficiaries is between 25-45
They will need translation and the translators, from GRAMIUM, will assist the volunteer in translating to the Vernacular.
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Junior high school graduates.
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Congé Solidaire;Mission Solidaire
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Mr.P.Narayanan with the group of people interested in village development activities in Karur district of Tamilnadu formed the organization on 4/3/1991 and registered Under Indian Trust Act at Trichy. Mr.P.Narayanan is a post graduate in Socialogy, who is having 40 years of experience in the development sector.The annual budget of the NGO is 75 lakhs. The association intervene in 20 villages of Krishnarayapuram and Kulithalai blocks of Karur district in Tamil Nadu The organization was created for the upliftment of the rural community in Karur district. The main thrust areas of the organization are Education, Environment, Health, Women and child development and sustainable Agriculture Women Development-formation of SHG, Capacity building of women through training, EDP Training and Providing training for Income Generation activities and link them with Bank for Financial Assistance for Income Generation Activities Children: Supplementary Education to Children, computer classes, coaching classes to prepare the children for competitive exams. Agriculture: Soil and water conservation works, Plantation with participatory planning and implementation with the involvement of the competition Environment: Awareness and Training on environment and waste management to the school children and the public Achieved projects: Women Development - 1920 SHGs were promoted and 1728 SHGs are maintained by themselves and 701 SHGs are doing income generation activities and the level of income has been improved by 30% 520 Children of the evening tuition centers have good grades and got admitted in professional courses and continued their education, Out of that 34 have completed their education and got employment 6200 Ha(3100 families) of land has benefitted through watershed development programme and 52 tanks were renovated.60% of the farmers adopted organic farming techniques Current projects: Evening Tuition centers (424 children), Coaching classes to school children for competitive examinations(200 students), Computer classes to school children (348 children) Watershed Development Program (1100 beneficiaries) SHG Capacity building Program, Micro Credit Program (8320 beneficiaries From 834 SHGS) Sanitation Program-Construction of House Hold Toilets and Awareness programme (260 toilets constructed-272families benefited-16 awareness Programmes(1320persons) and 8 trainings(120persons) conducted Target Intervention Program on HIV/AIDS in Karur District (FSM-602 MSM-648 Condom Distribution-350764 Counselling-1548 RMC Check up-3358)
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The staff (Watershed Management) in charge of the project will welcome the volunteer at the airport. The vehicle of the organization (car) will be used to pick up the volunteer, from Trichy airport, which is 50Km from Kulithalai, a one-hour journey.
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Tiruchirappalli International Airport
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Guest room of Gramium at Kulithalai. The mission site is within the radius of 20Km from Gramium guest room and it will take 30-40 minutes to reach the mission site.
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Whiteboard, paperboard, computers (Windows10 & 7), video-projector, and Internet connection are available.
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