AREDS – 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.

  • Coordinator International Network for Human Economy: INHE Asia, www.
  •  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

Safety & Health Aspects of Agricultural Workers in India – A Study

Among all workers, agricultural workers are considered as high risk and voiceless populations. Not many are aware that agrarian work is the most dangerous and hazardous one. Though farming activities fetch good revenue, the agricultural workers who are primarily responsible for farming activties, are neglected. No sufficient research or studies have been done on the plight of agricultural workers.

Interview with L. A. Samy and Christina Samy of AREDS and SWATE – InMotion Magazine

A. Samy. is the director of AREDS (Association of Rural Education and Development Service) in the Tamil Nadu state of India. Christina Samy is the program coordinator of AREDS and works with SWATE (Society of Women in Action for Total Empowerment). This interview was conducted on September 7, 2003 (and later edited) by Nic Paget-Clarke for In Motion Magazine in Renganathapuram, Tamil Nadu,...

Challenges during COVID-10 lockdown – a dipstick study on the role of labour welfare boards

Informal Workers and social protection in Tamilnadu. A study on the impact on informal workers welfare during the COVID crisis and the activities done by the welfare board during this period.

Cultural Programs for Raising Awareness on Registering with the Labour Welfare Board

Street theatre programmes help people to understand an issue or a social need in a better way. Hence, street theatre programmes were organized to enhance the awareness of the community members on the social security schemes and the need of the unorganized workers to enroll themselves in the Labour Welfare Board. In February 2022, a series of street theatre programmes,were organised one in each...

Campaign Against Bonded Labour

AREDS has been networking with fraternal and like-minded Civil Society Organisations and the allied departments of the government for eliminating child marriage, child labour and bonded labour system. Bonded Labour is not just another issue of workers but a crime against humanity. This crime was banned legally by Bonded Labour Abolition Act 1976. The following are the different forms of bonded...
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