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Acquisto Bus Don Bosco

Acquisto Bus Don Bosco

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    Spiritual & Social Animation centre at Mount Don Bosco, Village Night schools & Tribal Mission activities

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The Kotagiri is a region of mountains, forests and tea plantations located in southern India in the state of Tamil Nadu, with Kerala and Karnataka as the borders. The name Kota-giri means mountain of the Kotas. It is one of the largest hill stations in the Nilgiri Mountains. Located at an elevation of 6.400 ft. The Kotagiri Hills is home to many tribal groups. The steep slopes and the thick forests and high rates of malaria and other diseases that used to exist in the hills below kept these groups somewhat isolated from main land.

The Kotagiri region is inhabited by 2 predominant tribals namely Todas and kotas,

as well Badugas, Irulas, Paniyas, Kurumbas etc. There are large numbers of baduga villages. Sri Lankan tamils are settlers in kotagiri and in other parts of the district. Kotagiri has nearly 15 villages & administrative division.

The Nilgiris district comprises of six blocks: Udhagamandalam, Kundah, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Gudalur and Pandalur. Tribals are scattered among these blocks. About 60% of the cultivable land falls under the slope ranging from 10 to 33%. Basically a Horticultural taluk for the entire economy depends on the success and failure of horticulture crops like tea, coffee, cabbage, spices and fruits.

In kotagiri, the topography is rolling and steep and the entire region is hilly and is divided into natural zones viz., the Nilgiris plateau and table land.

Soil condition is pronetol and slides and soil erosion during heavy rains. The majority soil in the region is sandy loam, red soil and black soil seen in the river bed areas. 

Coonoor block is the highest (0.69) followed by Udhagai block (0.68) and kotagiri & Gudalur block with 0.50. Kotagiri block is the second lowest block in the district, due to less access to cooking fuel (58%) toilet facilities (50.76%). With regard to Gender inequality index as well child development,  Kotagiri falls third in the district.

The total workers in the Kotagiri block are 54% of the total population and the work participation rate (WPR) is below 50%. The female WPR is increased from 39.55% to 42%. There is wide disparity in WPR more than double among males in urban areas compared to that of rural areas.

Per capita income of the district is Rs 51,738. And among the total number of households in the district, 32.19% of families, are below poverty line.The highest is in Kotagiri (38.14%) followed by Gudalur (16.73%) in 2018 -19. The number of cultivators has drastically come down in the district. This has been offset by increase of agricultural labourers, household industry workers and other workers. It reveals that there is a transition from agriculture to non-agriculture activities due to fluctuating green leaf tea prices.

The role of district employment exchange in providing employment is very marginal and the opportunities are very limited in the government sectors.

The percentage of male population aged 60 is 15.50% and female is 11.40%. The number of destitute widows is more in Kotagiri. Altogether the total differently abled persons in the district is 10121. Among them, 30% is in Kotagiri. The highest crime against women is molestation (12.79%), followed by rape ( 22.32%) and sexual harassment (19.64%).

The tribal youth & children struggle a lot to lead their life due to various factors. Hence, it becomes necessary to study the problems faced by tribal youth. Saturated sampling procedure was followed to select all the four blocks for the study. From each block, 30 respondents were selected based on simple random sampling irrespective of different youth tribal groups. Thus, 120 respondents were selected for the study. The problems faced by tribal youth & children are collected, analyzed and listed below.

 

 

Problems

Number

Percentage

1

Poverty and exploitation

91

75 %

2

Economic and Technological backwardness

78

70%

3

Socio – Cultural handicaps

56

85%

4

Illiteracy among tribals

48

70%

5

Lack of awareness on health

27

80 %

 

The Project proposal for the purchase of Mini bus is to address the needs of the rural tribal youth & Night School children of Kotagiri and around in Nilgiris Dt. and for the development of Spiritual & Social Animation Centre of Mount Don Bosco, Kotagiri.

The tribal population constitutes a significant portion of Indian population, particularly in Nilgiris district. Their overall development is significantly related to their social, cultural and the economic development. The development of an economy links its past heritage with the present.

The Tribals live in clusters, in remote and inhospitable areas like hills and forests. Their livelihood is based on primitive agriculture, low level of literacy and poor health. They have developed community-wise their own distinctive language, culture  and religion. Like other societies, tribal society is also not static, rather is quite dynamic, but the rate of change in tribal society is very slow. Unemployment, illiteracy, blind faith, child labour, lack of infrastructural facility, malnutrition and infant mortality are some problems of this Tribal community.

The Project is to benefit the rural Youth & Children of Kotagiri region and around.

Objectives:
  • Daily activities of the house like youth animation, Retreat animation, 20 Evening Study Centres comprising of 450 students, reach out to another 20 tribal villages building up people, weekly animation of the evening study children at the Centre (Mount Don Bosco);
  • Spreading awareness within rural/tribal community for practice of food habits and life styles, medical care, thus helping them prevent disease and promoting health among Children.
  • Creating awareness and motivating tribal youth to participate in various development schemes that provide employment.
  • Providing an opportunity for the people particularly youth for the spiritual formation with Gospel values.
  • Facilitating innovative learning practices for the children & youth of rural/tribal community with the knowledge of tribal life, art and culture and thus promoting value based education.
  • Providing Skill training for better Employability of Youth, enabling them to choose self-employment; training youth people for business development plans (BDPs), linkages with financial institutions, to start their own enterprise.

The Salesian community at Kotagiri takes care of the development of the poor and deserving young tribal people through motivational courses, vocational training and evening study centers and Spiritual Animation programs. We work with the young people whose lives are dominated by extreme poverty, illiteracy, impoverishment, disease and other handicaps. With multifaceted development interventions, we strive to bring about positive change in the quality of life of the deserving tribal people by bringing to our centers as well in their villages organizing enhancement programs.

We firmly believe and are actively involved in promoting dignity and gender equity through poor people’s social, economic, political and human capacity building. Although the emphasis of our work is at the individual level and village level, the organization depends on creating an environment that permits the poor to break out of the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. We are committed to making our programs socially, financially and environmentally sustainable, using new methods and improved technologies.

Center Name/ Village Name

Teachers Name

Distance

Boys

Girls

Total

Sholurmattam

I.Latha Selvi

20 Km

14

07

21

kengarai

L.Nithya

21 Km

13

08

21

Queensholaihatty center

S. Gokila

12 Km

        08

12

20

bommanestate center

T.Reena

22 Km

13

08

21

Hosahatty

S. Gowri

15 Km

07

15

22

waterfalls center

M. Nithya

13 Km

12

14

26

bomman factory area

V. Mala

22 Km

11

09

21

Burniside

N. Kavitha

10 Km

10

10

20

Thavittumedu

Shalini

05Km

07

10

17

Kookalthorai village

Asha

10 Km

11

13

24

Thunari

Geetha

18 Km

09

13

22

Kesalada village

Bindhu

08 Km

11

12

23

Kaithala

Sangeetha

02 Km

11

07

18

Mullainagar

Sathya

10 Km

11

12

23

Anna Nagar    Kilkotagiri

A. Saitha Banu

15 Km

11

11

22

Kasthuki Ba Nagar

Meenachi

08 Km

12

05

17

Kaggula village

Deepika.L & Divya .M

08 Km

08

10

18

Kattabettu Bharathinagar

Nirmala

       10 km

07

13

20

omnager

    sudha

08km

12

12

24

 

 

TOTAL

198

201

400

IRULAS:
  • Keezh Kattabettu
  • Pambarai
  • Sedikkal
  • Karikiyur
  • Sellarai
  • Samaikodal
  • Kadinamala-Kandipatti
  • Kumaramudi
  • Koppaiyur
  • Mettukkal
  • Kambaiyur
  • Thalamookai
  • Kolithorai
  • Nattukal
KURUMBAS:
  • Mel-Kattabettu
  • Pambarai
  • Kadasolai
  • Kumaramudi
  • Anthiyarai
  • Kambaiyur
  • Semmanarai
  • Kolithorai
  • Attadi
THE DISTANCE OF THE VILLAGES FROM MOUNT DON BOSCO, KOTAGIRI:
  • MOUNT DON BOSCO KOTAGIRI > SHOLURMATTAM — 23KM
  • SHOLURMATTAM > KEEZH & MEL KATTABETTU — 6KM
  • SEDIKKAL > PAMABARAI — 1KM
  • SEDIKKAL > SELLARAI — 200M
  • SHOLURMATTAM > KARIKIYUR — 15KM
  • KARIKIYUR > SAMAIKODAL — 10KM
  • KANDIPATTI > KUMARAKODI — 4KM
  • ANTHIYARAI > KOPPAIYUR — 5KM
  • KOPPAIYUR > METUKKAL — 6KM
  • METTUKKAL > KAMBAIYUR — 5KM
  • MOUNT DON BOSCO KOTAGIRI > HONNATTY — 17KM
  • HONNATTY > SEMMANARAI — 12KM
  • SEMMANARAI > THALAMOOKAI — 11KM
  • MELKOOPU > KOLITHORAI — 3KM

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Intestazione: Associazione Pro India del Sud (Onlus)

IBAN: IT09N0501803200000012422895

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