CRED (Centre for Rural Education and Development) is an NGO focused on improving the lives of villagers in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, South India, through a continuum of programs. The organization, established in 1987, is run primarily by women and is dedicated to empowering women through the formation of women's Self-Help Groups (SHGs). These groups consist of between 15 and 20 women from the same village who are invested in changing their lives through education, entrepreneurship, and practice of their human rights. Micro-credit enterprises enable these women to start their own businesses, gain economic security, and improve their status within the community. SHG women undergo extensive training that educates them in a variety of fields, from reproductive health to establishing credit.
CRED also engages in awareness-raising programs that seek to eradicate child labor and child trafficking in the region. Working with other local NGOs and governmental agencies, CRED has established Non-Formal Education centers (NFE) to help reorient into school those children who have prematurely left their studies.
Recognizing the interconnections among the environment, health, and an individual's overall welfare has led the organization to construct programs that foster self-awareness and promote environmental stewardship. Recent projects include rainwater-harvesting programs and adolescent health trainings that promote safe sex and proper hygiene.
The CRED Family Counseling Centre assists families and individuals in crisis. A well-trained and motivated staff helps people in need of economic, vocational, relational, or psychological assistance through a variety of counseling methods. Several programs also operate to provide care for the elderly community by helping with loan procurement, running eye and health camps, and organizing recreational opportunities.
To work for the empowerment of the poor with an intention of a pro-poor model of development especially keeping the most marginalized communities of the society in mind. In re-defining the development paradigm from the vantage point of the poor, CRED members work with publicly-spirited persons who are otherwise feeling rudderless and directionless to channelize their creative energy and enthusiasm for social, political and economic reconstruction.
i. To form forums for women development.
ii. To form forums for the welfare of the poor senior citizens.
iii. To impart non-formal education.
iv. To encourage organic and bio-diversity farming.
v. To network and coordinate with Government and other likeminded NGOs.
vi. To implement the concept of micro-finance for pro-poor developments.
vii. To build political awareness with regard to the formation of Civil Societies.
viii. To implement sustainable livelihood programmes for the poor.
ix. To work for a clean and green environment.
x. To form forums for youth development.
xi. To work in disaster management.
Projects Undertaken :
2. Entrepreneurial development
3. Establishment and running of Self-Help Groups for women and men. So far there are 821 women Self-Help Groups and 50 men Self-Help Groups in four blocks.
4. Family counselling.
5. Career guidance
6. Non-formal education: Through running Typewriter institutions, Computer centres, and tailoring units for the youth.
7. Non-formal education: Through camps and workshops to the women of the Self-Help Groups and for farmers with regard to organic farming
8. Working at the tsunami area on rehabilitation programmes.
9. Child labour rehabilitation
10. Ecological projects like clean and green.
Annual Report 2007-08
CENTRE FOR RURAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT (CRED)
Women are the vulnerable strata in Indian scenario and they are playing various roles in their life. Their status of their family is very poor condition. They are depending upon their family members like father, husband, and brother because most of them are uneducated. Mostly women are deprived when compared with men. In order to empower the people the CRED continues their service through organizing various programmes.
1. In order to increase economic condition of the women, we are providing financial support and training to establish their own business.
2. We are providing skill training programmes to empower the women.
3. We are conducting various awareness programmes to develop their personal ability.
Success of 2007:
1. We have increased number of Self Help Groups in this year.
2. The women's participation has increased in the SHGs.
3. The mobilization of saving has also increased.
SELF HELP GROUPS :
SHGs play an important role among the women to fulfill their needs socially and economically. CRED serves the women through various types of programmes and projects. The improvement of economic condition is essential in each family; In order to improve the economic condition of the family they are willing to participate in the activities of the SHGs. There are 890 SHG's have initiated and registered in the year 2008. The Best SHG award and the Best PLF awarded has provided by the Government of Tamil Nadu in this year 2008.
This programme is to build a healthy society. The childrens are the basis of our society and the awareness about the clean
Environment is essential for them. Hence, we have initiated this
Programme among school students at Madurai, Theni and Virudhu Nagar districts. 6 Schools have covered under this programme in Madurai city. The CRED conducts awareness programmes for the school students and promotes to make clean environment. Cleaning up the drives and tree planting are the major activities of the programme. The students have better knowledge about how to prevent pollution, how to make a healthy environment, etc., through this programme. This programme has placed in the heart of the students in a better way.
We are conducting this programme among the community people. The main aim of the programme is to reduce the pollution of their community produced by them. We are providing awareness programmes for the community people. We have explained about the importance of environmental clean by demonstrating the soak pit. We have provided sanitation facility for the rural community people and the environmental orientation training in slums area to facilitate them. Jaltra filter is an instrument to convert the salt water into drinking water has introduced in Sethupathi Hr.Sec.School.
The CRED provides healthcare facility for the community people through this programme. Training on Health Care has provided to 10 members from various blocks of SHGs at Meenakshi hospital, Madurai. They have trained about the how to give first aid, personnel hygiene, how to provide nutrition food for the children, pregnant woman and old age people and how to provide counseling to the needy people. Awareness about communicable and non-communicable diseases also provided to the trainees. The trainees are collecting Rs.10 from each person for medicines. Two doctors have appointed to provide medicine for the sick people.. The Health Care Workers are able to provide Medicines to the people when they are conducting the medical camps in the villages. They will visit the villages once in a week. Around 90 medical camps have conducted in various villages in this year. A new ambulance has donated by The Bridge foundation to the CRED for the purpose of the Reach health care programme.
BIO-DIVERSITY CONSERVATION (PEACE-NEAC):
The programme is providing awareness to the women about tree plantation and increasing their level of soil. We have implemented this programme in Vadipatty and Alanganallur villages. This programme consists of the bird watching, tree plantation, soil test training. We have also introduced a new concept called soak pit constriction to save water level in villages.
SKILL TRAINING :
Tamil Nadu Women Development Corporation is supporting financially to this programme. Around 30 SHG's members are trained in this programme. Three months training on tailoring is offering to the women with stipend by this programme. We have given 7 days training programme for the entrepreneurial to have the knowledge about working condition, administration, merit and demerit of the entrepreneur adding with bio-diversity conservation training, environmental training programme, and recycle assembling. The activities of the group and individual performance are monitoring by the co-coordinators of the projects. The participatory skill development training has done at Union office at Vadipatti. This year 30 members have benefited out of this programme.
FAMILY COUNSELING CENTRE:
Counseling is a positive way of approach an individual's problem and to solve their problem. The problem between husband and wife is most common in our society and the woman needs more support that is psychological in this time. Since 2000, the CRED has been running a separate centre for Family counseling centre in Madurai city for the provision of family counseling services. The family counseling centre helps to take good decision in psychologically, socially, and emotionally critical situation. Our counselors visited the women police station often to find out the people to provide counseling. More than 80 cases have solved by our family counseling centre.
RAJIV GANDHI NATIONAL CRECHE:
The Central Social Welfare Board is supporting financially to run this programme. There are 12 crèches in Vadipatty and Alanganallur villages. It consists of one teacher and a caretaker. Each crèche has more than 25 children and the children are having nutrition food every day. The basic education has provided to them and medicines have distributed to the sick children.
The care India programme has initiated at Nagapattinam district in the month of September. This programme focuses on helping the single woman to survive in the world. The women are not able to earn money as their own. In order to improve the economic condition and their social status the CRED is providing training of skill development etc. Our organization is also help them to get loans to establish their own business.
MICRO CREDIT (HDFC) :
This is more effective and successful programme of CRED. The members are getting loan through the CRED. More than 41 group members have benefited out of this programme in this year.