Paadhai works as a catalyst organization to bridge gaps in social and community service. We connect donors and impoverished groups - ensure that worthy projects get the deserved attention and all funds are well applied.
In early 2005, following the world wide shock of the Asian Tsunami, a small group of spirited and like- minded people from various parts of the world came together. They strongly desired to make a difference in the lives of impoverished ones. Not by just feeding them but by educating and training them, empowering them and increasing their self reliance – by showing them the way.
With humble beginnings and high ideals, "Paadhai" was thus born !
Paadhai built a few supplementary education centers in and around Thiruchendur, which supported students from several Dalit villages. These centers acted as tuition centers and also doubled up as a base for Women’s Micro credit programs and CBR efforts in that region
The residential school in Wayanad caters to children from several tribal villages. Paadhai has been handholding WGST – the local NGO – with several school and community related projects. These include support for a variety of activities like infrastructure/corpus creation, mentoring teachers, relief work and project management.
Large portions of Indian forests are taken over by Lantana, an invasive weed. Our project, along with Junglescapes – which started over a decade ago – focused on clearance of this weed and restoring local vegetation. Apart from environmental benefits, this project offered employment to tribal colonies in the forests of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
ELE’s primary focus is to mentor teachers, create/curate content that is interesting to students and support schools with infrastructure and basic tools to create and sustain a high quality learning environment. We have been working with a number of schools and communities, as a part of this initiative. We wish to scale this to extend our online support to different parts of India and to other countries.