AREDS (Association of Rural Education and Development Service) – a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, was founded in 1980. For 41 years now, AREDS has been working for the development of Dalits, women, children and the rural poor in Karur district in Tamil Nadu, India. AREDS strongly believes that education is the prerequisite for any social transformation and will help the masses act irrespective of colour, caste and creed. Hence, it started its service with non-formal education in Renganathapuram, the very first place where AREDS set foot on, by involving the youth of the village.

AREDS’ second priority is rural health as it is the basic step to the right to life. Health implies the accessibility to potable water, nutritious food and a clean environment. And the third agenda of AREDS is women’s empowerment – because we believe that unless the womankind is emancipated human development will remain incomplete.

We believe that empowerment is a process. Everyone who wants to or is a part of this process, whether as a sponsor or a field worker, needs to understand and utilise their influence, resources, energy and skill in a space that allows transparency, dialogue, exposure and choice.

This is an alternative development; one that allows for simple and effective involvement. A means to know the people you help and more importantly identify with them. Charity helps, but involvement empowers. Understanding the need and being conscious instruments of change is easier and more effective than we perceive it to be.

In order to make this a reality we need to commit as a collective force to comprehend the meaning of true development, educate our societies and become partners in effecting a positive change.

This effort would not have been possible without the commitment and support of many friends, well-wishers and an international panel of partners who believe in the importance and essentiality of this endeavour.

FOUNDERS PROFILE

  • Coordinator International Network for Human Economy: INHE Asia, www. rieh.org
  •  Steering Committee member of INSP!R  Asia.
  • National Vice President: Working Peoples Collective: WPC
  • Mentores research on Social protection of Informal workers in 10 states of India.
  • Research on the role of labour welfare boards in Tamil Nadu on the social protection of informal workers.
  • Coauthored Paths of Human Economy together with Yves Bertholot, Andres Lalanne and Lilly Razafimbelo Prefaced by Kifi Annan.
  • Written article on development in  Global eyes : www.inmotionmagazine .com
  • Active in conducting participatory research and organizational development.
  • Presently: Executive Director of AREDS
  • Mentors research and exposure studies to University students both national and International universities.

Farmers Support

Our farmers toil under the hot sun and suffer constant financial distress caused by government policies. We work to uplift them

Women Empowerment

In a male dominated society we strive to provide a voice to the rural women and engage in understanding their rights

Child Welfare

In a backward economic background the children suffer the most with cases of abuse and lack of access to education

Dalits Rights

Caste system is still dominant in many areas and we work to ensure the rights of the downtrodden and secure a brighter future

Training to the representatives of Workers’ Collectives

We have been facilitating the unorganized workers to enroll their names with the Labour Welfare Boards for availing the benefits of social security schemes. At the same time, we have been enrolling them in the trade union KADALU for claiming labour rights. In the process, we have identified the workers with leadership qualities and formed Workers’ Collectives in all eight blocks of Karur...

Training program on ‘Sustainable group mode of financing’

Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD), an establishment of NABARD, conducted a three-day residential training programme on ‘Sustainable group mode of financing’ from 03-05 January 2023 at BIRD, Mangaluru. Self Help Groups (SHGs) & Joint Liability Groups have emerged as effective institutions for supplementary credit delivery in rural areas. The experience of SHG/JLG Bank Linkage...

Training on Organic Farming & Organic Fertilizer

Karur Navathaniyangal Farmer Producer Company members underwent training on organic farming and organic fertilizer production methods on 14.12.2022 in Udayappatti village. Training was held at the farm of Ms. Padmavathi, who is one of the directors of the company. Ms. Padmavathi presided over and Mr. Senthilkumar moderated the training programme. Mr. Dharmaraj, a farmer and an expert in organic...

Exposure visit to FPO in Pudukkottai

Forty-eight members including the board of directors from four FPOs (Sengathir Uzhavar Producer Company, Navathaniyangal Farmer Producer Company, Gramiya Uravugal Farmer Producer Company and Karur Sheep and Goat Promoters’ Producer Company) and AREDS staff went on an exposure visit to Pudukkottai Organic Farmer Producer Company Ltd. Pudukkottai on the 17th of December 2022. Mr. Aadappan, who is...

ACTS (AREDS Children Theater School) Training

After the pandemic this is the first time the children from five villages gathered for a weekend children's theatre program. 45 children attended and were given training in capacity building and how to get their unique talents shared with others. One exercise they did was kite making. The lesson learnt from this exercise is that once every one is engaged in a common task, the individual...

Training and Exhibition on Prevention of Diabetes @ Konichampatty

Training and exhibition on prevention of diabetes and well being was conducted at Konichampatty on 29.09.2022, by AREDS health team where 47 people participated in it. In this training Siddha medicines and herbs were exhibited and training was given to the participants about how to use them to prevent diabetes and to alleviate the illness caused by it. Moreover AREDS’s own Siddha products were...

Training and exhibition on Prevention of Diabetes @ Kannamuthaampatty

Training and exhibition on prevention of diabetes and well being was conducted at Kannamuthaampatty on 27.09.2022, by AREDS health team where more than 70 people participated in it. In this training Siddha medicines and herbs were exhibited and training was given to the participants about how to use them to prevent diabetes and to alleviate the illness caused by it. Moreover our own Siddha...

Second Annual General Body meeting of Karur Navathaniyangal Farmer Producer Company

The second Annual General Body Meeting of Navathaniyangal Farmer Producer Company was held on the 26th of September 2022 in Thelungapatti. One of the directors of the company Mr. Ponnusamy presided over the meeting, in which 150 members participated. The CEO of the company Mr. Balasubramani moderated the meeting.The meeting was held on the 25th of September 2022 @ Thelungapatti The following...

Second Annual General Body meeting of Sengathir Uzhavan Agri Producer Company

The directors and the members of the company enthusiastically participated in the meeting. The CEO of the company moderated the meeting. The meeting was held on 26th September 2022 @ Melappatti Points discussed: Increasing the membership to 500 Annual Financial Report Renting kitchen gadgets at a nominal rate Extending e-service at a nominal rate Rejuvenating the floral shop by getting rid of...

Second Annual General Body meeting of Krishnarayapuram Gramiya Uravugal Farmer Producer Company

The directors and the members of the company enthusiastically participated in the meeting. The CEO of the company moderated the meeting. The meeting was conducted on the 25th of September @ Madukkarai Discussions and resolutions passed Administrative committee Procuring machine for preparing cattle fodder Procuring grinder for making rice flour Annual Financial report Issuing Shareholder...
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