The CSI Diocese of Madras is implementing a Project for Empowerment of Women in collaboration with CSI SEVA. The activities include Training in Animal Husbandry for women, Training in Tailoring and Dress Design, Leadership training to the already existing more than 100 Self Help Groups for Rights Based Approach. The programme is implemented in Pannur and Vadagadapathangal areas. A Milk unit was set up at Pannur with 5 milch cows in 2015. The income generated through the milk was utilised for project activities apart from training women in Animal Husbandry. In order to empower the Self Help Groups, it has been decided to handover the Cows to SHGs who will now taken care of the Cows through a Cow Rearing programme. While the First born Calf will be given to a new SHG, the calves from send litter onwards will be distributed among the members of the SHG to enable them to earn additional income through sale of milk. The Shed constructed for this purpose will now be utilised for the ongoing Feeding programme of Senior Citizens.
At a function held on 4th April 2017 at Pannur, attended by more than 150 women belonging to several SHGs, Eight cows and calves were distributed to 8 SHGs in the presence of Mr. K. Prem Madhuker, Coordinator, and CSI SEVA. Mr. Mark and Mr. Annappan, Diocesan Coordinators along with the Local Area Chairman and Local Pastor were also present. Certificates were also distributed to 31 young women who have completed successful training in Tailoring. An orientation on LIC Schemes for the poor was also organised by Mr. Cruz of CSI SEVA.
K. Prem Madhuker