Sustainability through Participation, Empowerment and Decentralization (SPED) III 2010-2016Project focuses on the Integrated Village Development through:

  • Economic Growth
  • Food Security
  • Education
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Gender Mainstreaming
  • Environment
  • Capacity Building and Good Governance

Cultural Academy has implemented this project for the past years at the Elamkunnapuzha Grama Panchayath in Ernakulam district with the support of Save a Family Plan (SAFP) India, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Grama Panchayath. The main objective of this program is to contribute to the reduction of poverty by ensuring effective management of natural resources and improved health conditions in the selected village through people’s participation. The same Grama Panchayath has been selected as the project area for the third period also (SPED II, SPED III).

The Flood Project

Kuramkotta Community Project:

It is an initiative with the aim of uplifting the marginalized and the less cared-for sectors, which require immediate and effective interventions. Kuramkotta is an isolated island which houses over 100 families, which approximately adds up to 349. Large number of people in this area belongs to SC/ST caste including two Christian and one Muslim family. Our team conducted a need analysis study and also gender sensitization classes to make them aware of the situation and the possibilities of overcoming fear. Classes to improve health and hygiene were also organized, addressing the poor health conditions and unhygienic practices.

Their only mode of transportation is through a tiny little ferry, which can accommodate only 25 people at a time. This is a huge problem as almost everyone on that island needs to go to the mainland for work, education, and even to go to a hospital! The lives of everyone at Kuramkotta came to a complete full stop when the flood hit Kerala few months back and destroyed their island and their ferry. Due to this, they were completely isolated from the mainland for days.

Taking this as a serious social concern, the Cultural Academy for Peace stepped out to take up the responsibility for arranging a ferry for the residents of Kuramkotta. After weeks of hard work, we partly succeeded in making arrangements to purchase a 4HP Yamaha Outboard Motor Engine. They are now able to travel to and fro from their homes to the mainland. Cultural Academy also observed the need for Educational and Legal awareness Programs, which could enable them to seek legitimate help from Government agencies. To support the elderly and the adolescent in their pursuit of a meaningful and happy life, our Team has chalked out guidelines for the formation of Senior Citizen and Adolescent Clubs. Hopefully the Team focuses on bringing changes in the life of the Kuramkotta Community.

Project for Recovery & Resilience of the flood survivors of Ernakulam district:

This project is supported by Terres Des Hommes, Germany & AEIN, Luxembourg. The project areas include: Chennamangalam Municiplaity and Paravur Grama Panchayath. In both these areas, we are focusing on the Livelihood restoration and House Repairs.

In Chennamangalam, we are under the process of restoring the livelihood of nearly 40 beneficiaries and 12 have been shortlisted for house repairs. Under the livelihood restoration, we are covering various sections like the handloom and handicrafts, candle and rosary making units, hatcheries, tailoring machines, carpentry tools and also in providing educational support and study materials to one of the worst affected schools in the area.

In the Paravur Grama Panchayath, we are aiming to restore the livelihood of nearly 40 beneficiaries and to repair the houses of nearly 13 beneficiaries. Here also under the livelihood restoration, we are covering various sections similar to that of Chennamangalam. The Beneficiaries, in both the areas were the short listed flood affected families who were suggested by the concerned ward members. Once they are short-listed, the houses were visited by the animators and a Need Assessment Survey was carried out.

Two day camp was organized for the children from nearby flood affected areas. 95 children coming from 8 wards of the Chennamangalam Panchayath participated in the camp. The participants were students from 1st to 10th standard. The camp was called Udayakiranam 2018, with an objective of Post-Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM). Children from 1st to 5th standard were in one group and the remaining 6th to 10th standard children were in the second group. The details of the sessions are enclosed within the report. All the sessions were interactive type, incorporated with songs, fun and creative activities. The camp was ended with the cultural activities by the participants.