One day field visit was organized by the CSI Synod in collaboration with the CSI Diocese of Madras to visit four projects namely Self -help group, which was an initiative of CSI (BDM) Seva; Dalit Women Empowerment Programme (Mathamma Women), Day Care Cntre for Elderly and Pre-school for the children of fishing Adivasi Community. “Church should not stop in accompanying the women through providing financial borrowings that you save us from debt trap” said by a woman from the self-help group. “All our children could get education, unlike us, with the financial support through self- help groups” witnesses yet another woman of the self-help group. These women had witnessed to the economic empowerment of their families and importantly there are 154 self-help groups that benefits a total of 2300 women. All these women are from Pulicot lake region, a historical lake covering 450 kilometers of radiance in the boarders of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh states. These women are from different faith backgrounds.
The Dalit women empowerment programme is particularly among the mathamma women (dalit women pushed into Particular form of sexual services by caste men in a caste village). These women are enabled to acquire economic independency through small scale industrial production. Around 150 women are said to be beneficiaries of the project says a social worker.
The mission council members had taken time to interact with the women and elders to understand the sufferings of the communities and involvement of the Church of South India in accompanying them in their struggles. Thanks to Rt. Rev. Dr. J. George Stephen, Bishop in Madras, Rev. Melithan, the local pastor of CSI Ponneri Pastorate, and people helped in making the field visit a success. The programme was coordinated by Rev. Dr. Praveen P.S. Perumalla, CSI-EMS Liaison Officer and Mr. Solomon, Staff, CSI- SEVA.
Rev. Dr. Praveen P.S. Perumalla,
CSI-EMS Liaison Officer,