Achievements

Awards

  • ‘Best Social Worker in Tirunelveli’ Award in 1998 by Rotary club of Tirunelveli.
  • Best Awareness Creators on Forest Conservation’ Award for the years 1998 & 1999 by               Madurai Thiruvaduthurai Aathinam.
  • Best Women Social Worker’ Award in 2000 by Lions Club, Tirunelveli.
  • Best NGO in Tirunelveli’ Award in 2001 by Mahalir Thittam of Women Development                     Corporation, Tamil Nadu.
  • World Bank IDM winner- 2004’ for the production of low-cost sanitary napkin for the                  poor rural women.
  • UNAIDS Civil Society Award- 2006’ for the best Community care & Support services to                People Living with HIV/AIDS in India.
  • Best partner of Pro-Vision award’ in 2007 for best service in community Care and                        Support on People Living with HIV/AIDS in Tirunelveli District.
  • International Achievers Award for Social Service’ in 2010 given by Indian Achievers                    Forum, New Delhi.
  • ‘Best NGO Award’ in 2010 by Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust.
  • ‘Dr. Gurusamy Muthaliyar Award’ in 2014 for efficient contribution towards                                    Environmental conservation and Management by Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • ‘Social Responsibility Award’ in 2015 by Adyar Cancer Centre, Chennai.
  • ‘NABARD award fourth year in row for 1700000 women beneficiaries’ in 2019 by ICICI                  Bank.

 

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Success Stories

“Teamwork makes the Dream Work”

Komaadha Self help group was started by Arumbugal in the year 2002 in Chokkatanthoppu Village of Manur block in Tirunelveli District. All the eighteen members of this SHG are into agriculture and its allied activities for their livelihood. For the past two decades, Komaadha SHG has inspired many other women in their village to organise as Self help groups, as a result of which we formedten more SHGsin their Panchayat. Arumbugal conducted several capacity building programmes for the SHG members, proactively strengthened these SHGs over years and motivated them to progress to the next levels.  The successful functioning of these SHGs has led to the formation of a ‘Panchayat Level Federation’ bringing all these SHGs together. The leader of Komaadha SHG Mrs.Esakkiyammal, now functions as the Treasurer of the PLF (Panchayat Level Federation). These women with the help of Department of agriculture has formed a ‘Farmers Production Group’ in their village, through which they have purchased machineries and tools necessary for agriculture on subsidy. Also, they have approached the District administration and have constructed toilets in all houses in their village by making use of the subsidy given by Government under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’. The evolution of a group of women who faced extreme exploitations by money lenders into a Women Self help group that now plays an important role in the overall development of their village, is the strongest evidence for our commitment towards Women Empowerment.

“Consistent Efforts leads to Success”.

Mrs.T.Nallathaai was a poor idly vendor from Rajavallipuram Village of Palayamkottai Block when we first met her during our Field Visit. We encouraged her to be a part of the Self help group that was to be formed in her village, by educating her about the merits of SHG participation. She considered our advice and enrolled herself as a member of ThangaArali SHG, which is now a successfully functioning SHG of Arumbugal for the past couple of decades. Mrs.Nallathaai utilized the internal loan facility in her SHG to expand her business and started a small Idly Dosa Batter making unit at her home. She actively participated in the Capacity building programmes organized by Arumbugal and utilized her SHG loans to invest in Goat rearing and Country Chicken rearing. Recently, she has also started a Grocery Shop in her village where she also sells her Idly Dosa batter and Country hen eggs. Today, she is a successful businesswoman who is economically self-sufficient. She is the breadwinner of her family. Her two daughters are helping her to take care of her business and are determined to expand their business further. The Success of Arumbugal lies in the Success of our Self Help Groups and the success of a Self help group lies in the success of its members. Achievers like Mrs.T.Nallathaai are hence our proud success stories.

“Education is the movement from Darkness to Light”.

Ms.Kamala was a 13-year-old girl child from Vengalapottal Village in Manur block of Tirunelveli District, when her father passed away. Her father was tested HIV/AIDS positive in the year 2006 and thereafter was under the Care & Support of Arumbugal Trust. He became a member of the Gopuram Support group for PLHIV (People Living with HIV/AIDS) formed by Arumbugal in 2003. He utilized the internal loan facility from the Support group and bought an Auto Rickshaw for the livelihood of him and his family. Unfortunately, his health condition got worse because of Opportunistic infections and he passed away in the year 2014. Ms.Kamala joined an Adolescent group run by Arumbugal to benefit Children who are infected by HIV/AIDS (CIA), Children who are affected by HIV/AIDS (CAA) , Children with disability(CWD) and other Children at Risk. Through this Adolescent group, Arumbugal helped her to gain resilience through Counselling and motivated to continue her education by offering her education support. At present, she is pursuing her Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering in a prestigious Educational Institution. Her ambition in life is to help many other children in crisis to overcome their challenges and thereby help them to become responsible citizens to our nation. By being the source of support to champions like Ms.Kamala, Arumbugal is contributing towards building a better tomorrow for this world.

“Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality”.

Mr.L.Thavasu Muthu was a 13 year old boy when he first got the opportunity to bean audience to the Eco-Awareness programme conducted by Arumbugal Trust in Mudhaliyarpatti Village of Ambasamudram Taluk, Tirunelveli District in the year 1996. The awareness programme was on the theme ‘Role of Village Forest Committees in Forest Conservation’. Ever since he watched the eco-awareness programme, it highly impacted him, and he wanted to be an active contributor towards Eco-Conservation. Since then, he was always proactive in participating in Forest Conservation activities in his village. Today, he is the Village Forest Committee Chairman of Mudhaliyarpatti and is playing a vital role in the Forest Conservation of his Taluk. Enlightening Communities on the importance of participatory Eco-Conservation and motivating younger generation to become inspirational Climate Warriors like Mr.L.Thavasu Muthu will always be the highest priority of Arumbugal Trust in the upcoming days.

“Action is the actual measurement of awareness”.

In the year 2016, Arumbugal trust conducted an Eco-Awareness programme on the theme ‘Save Sea Dugongs’ in Melamanakkudi Village in the Palk Strait region of Ramanathapuram district. During the awareness programme, the community was informed that new fishing nets will be providedby the Forest Departmentin the case that the fishermen must cut their fishing nets to release Sea dugongs back into the Ocean. Few days after the awareness programme, three young fishermen from Melamanakkudi who caught a Sea Dugong (marine endangered species), cut their fishing net and released the Sea Dugong back into Bay of Bengal. They then contacted Arumbugal Trust and informed that, as the effect of the Eco Awareness programme they realised the importance of Marine Eco-Sustainability and its need for the livelihood sustainability of the fishermen community.Arumbugal appreciated the conservation action of the youngsters and took this incident to the notice of Wildlife Warden of Ramanathapuram.  The young fishermen were honoured by the District Collector of Ramanathapuram for their timely action towards marine endangered species conservation and were gifted with new fishing nets. Ever since this incident, Fourteen Sea Dugongs were released back into the ocean by the Fishermen. Awareness generation leads to attitudinal change, which further results in Conservation Action. With this Success mantra, Arumbugal will always focus on its Eco-Awareness programmes to achieve Environmental Sustainability.