Karanai Village has one of the first Community Centers that TVO and SAVE-INTL constructed, with groundbreaking on March 16, 2005, and which is still in good condition and being used virtually on a daily basis. However it is only 20ft by 15ft in size, which is small even by Tamilnadu standards given the number of people and programs it is sometimes required to accommodate.
Rather than tear it down and rebuild, and unable at present to fund a new larger building in another location (see our Donor Wish List) we elected, with the agreement and cooperation of the President of the Karanai Village Panchayat, Ms. Gomatti Lakshmi, to construct a covered and floored but otherwise open addition to the front of the existing Community Center.
We called upon Mr.V.V.N Viswanathan, the contractor of the original building and who is himself from Karanai, to design and erect a permanent cover that would be directly attached to the building. With construction starting on about September 14th, 2010, work was essentially completed two week later and shortly after that the “Mandapam” was wired to provide light for evening tuition classes and other activities.
We are quite impressed with the quality of Mr. Viswanathan work, including the sturdiness of the columns and the thickness and strength of the floor, and so is the village. The cost for this project was Rs. 22,000.
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As part of our continuing program to support youth sports groups in the Tirporuur Block of Tamilnadu South India, we met today, October 12, 2010 with some young men from New Nemmeli Village and presented them with a new volleyball net and two new volleyballs(see photo). We also offered to provide two steel pipe net standards but they indicated that they already had such supports. We informed them of the policy of TVO and SAVE-INTL that if the net or balls that we provide to Village Volleyball teams wear out or become unusable we will replace them with new equipment so long as the old athletic equipment is returned.
New Nemmeli is a village of artisanal fishermen about 7 kilometers north of Mamallapuram, Tamilnadu India that was devastated by the December 26, 2004 Tsunami. With their huts built directly on the beach, they were extremely fortunate to have avoided any loss of life but all their homes, personal property, nets boats and motors were either lost to the ocean or destroyed. (see photo). Through the efforts of the Tamilnadu Government and several International NGO’s they recently became of the beneficiaries of new houses built on the near inland side of the East Coast Road where they should be better protected should a Tsunami ever occur again.