ANANDAPURAM VILLAGE COMMUNITY CENTER RE-WIRING COMPLETE

Re-wiring of the Anandapuram Community Center Completed

Work was completed today on the repair and remodeling of the electrical lighting and ventilation system at the Anandapuram Community Center.

We completely rewired the center using wall mounted conduit and copper wire, new fuse board, two new switchboards, three branded ceiling fans, six fixtures for 2o watt CFL bulbs, two 4o watt tube light, and proper ground or earthing capable of handling a computer or two (some day). In addition we installed three exterior lights, one over the staircase to the roof and two on the front of the building which faces a small plaza-like public area. Total cost was 19700 Rs or about $450. The work was completed and guaranteed by a certified electrician with whom we have worked before.

A gallery of photos of the completed work and also the final work contract and original estimate can be seen here.

The Center was originally constructed in 2002 by an Internationally known NGO but not maintained by them or the local government. In the past few years it had fallen into serious disrepair and became essentially unusable by the community due to the failure of the wiring system, and lack of lighting and cooling during evening hours. It has still been used to store some empty rice bags, athletic equipment and to shelter pre-school children during daylight hours who were eligible for the Government supplemental feeding program, but that is all.  Besides the failure of the electrical system, the flooring of the center, just thin poured cement, has started to break up and leaving sandy patches, which will worsen,  and both the exterior and interior paint have faded, peeled and been covered by black mold. The building is however structurally sound, with a strong foundation, walls and roof and of an expensive and desirable construction.  Therefore SAVE-INTL and its partner TVO have undertaken to bring back to life the Anandapuram Community Center, and with it, the fallen esteem of this poor Dalit hamlet. Now that the building is illuminated from the interior and exterior we are currently holding and sponsoring a free after-school evening Tuition school with a local paid part-time teacher, who holds a B.S. degree and who is currently studying for his teaching certificate. Additionally, the building can now again be used for village functions such as marriages and engagements, birthday parties, community meetings, etc. In the immediate future we hope to begin women’s vocational programs, such as sewing and tailoring, and start a community library. We have already begun sponsorship of the villages championship volleyball team, see a subsequent post here. We still need to repaint the building and  repair the flooring, preferably with quality glazed tiles, and for this would very much like some financially help and sponsorship from a private organization or individual donor. Please look into your heart.

Appeal For Help in Remodeling Anandapuram Village Community Center

Anandapuram Community Center

In 2002 the International NGO World Vision constructed a Community Center for the Dalit Village of Anandapuram , located in the Manampathi Panchayat area of the Thirupporuur block. Since that time the Anandapuram Community Center, unsupported by either the founding NGO or the local Panchayat Goverment,  has deteriorated to the point where it has become virtually unusable with damage to its flooring, no functional electrical, lighting or ventilation system and is also in very bad need of both interior and exterior repainting.

Interior of Center with S.V. Saravanan of TVO and Village Youth Pictured

This is a pity since the building remains structurally sound with no leaks or cracks or serious problems with its doors or windows and would cost over $8000.(US)  to replace, an amount which this poor community could simply not afford.

The Village of Ananadapuram, located in the Manampathi Panchayat, is within easy bicycling distance of two other TVO and SAVE-INTL sponsored community programs in the villages of Kazhanipakkam and the Kunnapattu Irular Tribal Hamlet.

Blackboard in The Anandapuram Community Center with Facts about the Village You may not read Tamil, so let me translate what this says.

Bulletin Board – 2010
1. Total Families:  77
2. Total Persons: 277
Male :140  Female: 137
3. Ages 0-5:  24
4. Ages 0-36 months, (No entry)

We have already initiated a free Tuition school for children using as our teacher an Ananadapuram resident with a BS degree in Zoology who is simultaneously taking a degree course in Education. However they are unable to meet at the Ananadapuram Community Center since there is no electricity to the building, possibly due to damage to a power pole, and in any case all the lighting fixtures are bulbs are either broken or missing.

Damaged Power Pole in Anandapuram

We are determined to rehabilitate the Anandapuram Community Center and more fully use this facility for the benefit of the over 270 mostly poor rural people  who make this village their home. This would include continuing support for the Tuition school, starting a women’s vocational program and a children’s library, support for the youth sports teams and more.

Rough Estimate to Repair the Anandapuram Community Center

The repair estimate from our regular and trusted general contractor totals 57500 Rs or about  $1270  and includes replacing the floor with glazed tiles, rewiring the room with two fans and four or more CFL bulbs, and repainting both the interior and exterior of the building.

Once returned to its original condition SAVE-INTL and TVO pledge to continue support for the children’s free tuition school, establish a women’s vocational program and more and make sure the Anandapuram Community Center remains in good repair.

But we need financial help with returning this valuable community resource to its original condition.