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Golda: Week 5

Last week I conducted a training on how to make moringa powder with a SST CDO, Baskar. Baskar is a motivated individual who is passionate about community development. He graduated from a MSW program in Madras School of Social Work and has been working with SST since 2009. Baskar brought us from Chennai to Padavedu … Continue reading

Kim: Week 5

This week started off with a two-day team-building training involving most of the staff members of the SST office in Padavedu, animators and CDOs from both the rural and tribal areas, the Field Director, Mr. Krishnan, and the SST Deputy Chairman, Mr. Parthasarathy. Representatives from another district called Tiruvannamalai conducted the workshop. It was motivating … Continue reading

Golda: Week 4

To follow up on the previous post regarding anemia as a prevalent condition in Padavedu and its surrounding areas, I have started a project training animators to make moringa powder. I learned about moringa powder during my training as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. When I got to Padavedu, I teamed up … Continue reading

Kim: Week 4

This week Golda and I accompanied Mr. Paramasivam, a new SST CDO, on a trip to Chennai with two purposes: to update Chairman Joshi on our work in Padavedu and to attend the wedding of an SST employee’s sister. Chairman Joshi encouraged me to think in a multidisciplinary way about how we can contribute ideas … Continue reading

Kim: Week 3

We sit on the outside porch of a home in the hills. We are visiting with one of the most successful SHGs in a village called Samanthipuram, a panchayat (community) within walking distance of Padavedu. The members cluster around us, their children hanging off the ledge or sitting on their parents’ laps to get closer … Continue reading

Golda: Week 3

For two years, SST animators have conducted anemia camps in the Padavedu region. Anemia is a common problem in the area. The doctor at the SST hospital estimates that in tribal area virtually every adult has an anemia diagnosis and approximately 70% of her patients in the rural area has anemia. Because the region is … Continue reading

Kim: Week 2

This week I was able to spend time learning about the SST hospital, part of its health initiative to have a facility that provides general health services for the Padavedu community. SST recently constructed the infrastructure and it provides resources for ongoing operations that are not otherwise provided by the government. A month ago, SST … Continue reading

Golda: Week 2

Over the past week, SST in Padavedu hosted newly minted MBA graduates who were recently hired to work in the TVS Group’s Marketing and Human Resources departments. We joined them in their training and traveled with them throughout the plains and tribal areas. The purpose of the MBA graduates’ visit was to observe the initiatives … Continue reading

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