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Dear All,
Greetings from Sustainable Life Trust, a grass roots level registered NGO based at Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu, India working since 1997 in the field of social development sector, which deals with a broad range of environmental issues. The Trust implements its mission through campaigns and practical activities, public information and involvement with community participation.

Sustainable Life Trust is planning to organize a campaign -"Save Thenpennai River" with the aim of creating awareness about the present environmental situation of the river among the residents in the riverbanks of Thenpennai and to motivate the people to save and protect stream flows in Thenpennai to sustain healthy aquatic ecosystems from 27th Jan 2014 to 15th Feb, 2014.  We (20 like-minded, environmental conscious people in NGOs, CBOs and environmental activist youth groups) are going to travel around 400 Kms in 20 days and will meet 50000 people approximately and also convey the message about the protection of the River as well as importance of rain water harvesting, tree planting, impacts of climate change, water and gender, and impart people’s rights for safe and clean-protected water for drinking purpose through interactive meeting, awareness meeting in schools and colleges and cultural programmes.

The amount that we need around 10000 US$ in total which is for printing publicity materials like posters, brochures, handouts, stickers and traveling, food, documentation and media, prizes and certificates for schools and college students etc., We really feel that the campaign will be done only with the donations mobilized through people who are concerned with our natural resources.  Kindly support us in particular donations.  Any donations small or large will help our endeavors.

Thanks and regards
S.Pradapan
Director-Sustainable Life Trust &
Campaign Organizer

WHAT WE DO
TSUNAMI REHABILITATION:
NFE CENTERS FOR TSUNAMI VICTIM CHILDREN:
Tsunami was an unbelievable, unimaginable experience to most in India and Asian continents. The post Christmas Tsunami in 2004 seems o have changed all. This nameless, stealthy killer came in broad daylight, totally unannounced. Those who were fishing at sea did not perceive its presence.

Those on land had no living experience of such wave behavior and furry. It devastated the coastal communities several countries all at once. It has traumatized those for whom Mother Sea was a source of life and sustenance. The adage that the ocean unites us and land mass divides us became undisputedly true-except that this was not unity in life, but rather, in death and destruction.After Tsunami, Mr.S.Pradapan, Director of the Trust visited affected areas in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Cuddalore districts of Tamilnadu and decided to post rehabilitation activities in Kancheepuram (ECR area) district. With the support of Mr.Terrance Mc Kee, Interlock, Mumbai and started NFE centers in 6 villages for fisher folk victim children.

Our Trust appointed 6 teachers from the same community and one supervisor and also provided Nutritious food, teaching materials, reading and writing materials, school bags and emergency lights for the centers. Totally 175 children in all the centers were benefited. It was a short-term project but it created impact among the children to continue their study without break and the parents of the children are very much appreciated our activities and realized the benefits gained their children.

ENVIRONMENT
Sustainable Life Trust is involving in sensitizing environmental awareness from its inception among various sectors of the community. With the financial assistance of Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India through The C.P.R Foundation, Chennai, our Trust organized National Environmental awareness Campaign from 2007 on various themes….

BIO-DIVERSITY CONSERVATION
Create a knowledge and motivated the school children to involve environmental and eco-development is one of the main activity of Sustainable Life Trust. This programme organized in a school at Harur Block with the support of Teachers and Eco-club volunteers. Totally 60 school children participated in the programme. We motivated all the children in tree planting in the school premises and surrounding villages. The students are very much interested and participated in the programme. Later prizes and certificates awarded to the selected school children by our Trust. Later the campaigning activities extended for the college students at Palacodu. Totally 35 college students participated in the programme.

CLIMATE CHANGE
With the aim of impart knowledge of Climate change and global warming and its linkages with food security amongst PRI members, rural population, farmers, women and college students, SLT organized the campaign, in total 200 B.Ed students, 28 members of Organic Farmers’ Association, Youth SHG members and PRI members are participated. After the awareness generation sessions, we are distributed multipurpose tree species and seeds to the participants and they are gained knowledge about the planting techniques of tree species during the demonstration session.

BIO-DIVERSITY
Like previous years, SLT organized environmental awareness campaign. The Theme declared by the Government was “Bio-diversity Conservation”. We highlighted and impart the message among the students are to motivate and help the Panchayat leaders to create bio-diversity register at their Panchayat level. It should be the assets of the Panchayats. Further, we imparted the knowledge importance of bio-diversity conservation, causes of bio-diversity loss and impacts of bio-diversity loss for human beings and animals, Government enacted laws like bio-diversity law, Pollution control act and rules, how it is violated by the business concerns, Green Court and its functions, how to put cases against who destroy our nature and environment etc., are dealt through lectures and multi-media presentations. Regarding the subject, resource materials are also supplied to the students. Further, with the support of student-volunteers, we planted medicinal plants in the garden created by the Forest department in the college premises. Nearly 200 students are participated in the session. Later we organized the awareness programme among rural mass and highlighted the same among the villagers.

HEALTH
MEDICINAL PLANTS FOR HEALTH & LIVELIHOOD SECURITY OF ST COMMUNITY IN KOLLIHILLS:
With the support of Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and with the coordination of FRLHT, Bangalore, SLT implemented the project at Kollihills Block of Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu for health and livelihood security through medicinal plants. It is a three years project started in 2004. Initially, a base line survey was conducted to document the socio-economic profile of the community, about local health traditions and expenditure on primary health care needs in Kolli Hills Block, Namakkal District. It shows that before the start of the project the awareness level and knowledge about home remedies is 99% and 39% and on an average a family spends Rs.489 for primary health conditions through Allopathic system of medicine for 3 months. By getting the Prior Informed Consent of Nattu Vaidyas (traditional healers) and with the participation of community, a community health knowledge register was prepared and analyzed scientifically. It was then handed over to the community as their asset. Thus, the oral form of traditional health knowledge had been converted into written form. Also SLT provided necessary training to Village resource persons and training materials in tamil language prepared and distributed for further activities for VRPs. The nursery entrepreneurs raised around 11000 seedlings of 10 different species of medicinal for establishing 500 Home herbal gardens and we distributed all the seedlings and established 570 HHGs in Bailnadu, Valappur Nadu, Chittoor Nadu, Ariyur Nadu and Pirakkarai nadu panchayats. Various agrotrails and cultivation of medicinal plants are completed. Also we provided necessary training to farmers who are involved in medicinal plants cultivation. With the help of community participation, SLT constructed a building for processing unit, who provide us a lease land (2500 Sq.ft) for construction of the building. We purchased necessary machines for the processing unit. Necessary licenses obtained from the concerned authorities. Through the project, our Trust established a community based enterprise for the livelihood security of scheduled tribe people in Kolli Hills.

Campaign on Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation:
Dharmapuri district has a high concentration of endemic fluoride. So to overcome the problem, Sustainable Life Trust organized a series of awareness generation programme in rural areas in particular fluoride affected villages in Dharmapuri Block…….

SOLAR WATER DISINFECTION-(SODIS)
Water is a vital public health need. Therefore, each member of the human community has the right to accessible, affordable water in quantity and quality sufficient to life and basic economic activities. Water in sufficient quantity and good quality is essential for live. No access to good quality drinking water leads to a high risk of water-borne diseases. Poor people pay more towards drinking water than others who can afford quality water for all purposes. Protected Water is becoming scarce. Poor people are not only unable to access water, indeed they are not empowered to access protected water. Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) technology is very appropriate and relevant to make available water free from microbes to save the community from water borne diseases which is highly prevalent in areas where poor live and it is a simple, environmentally sustainable, low-cost solution for drinking water treatment at household level for people consuming microbiologically contaminated raw water. SODIS is found to be very effective in reducing diarrheal episodes in communities. Virtually water is treated with no cost. SLT coordinated to LEAD (a Trichy district based NGO) to implement the project in Thally Block of Krishnagiri District, which is occurring high level of diarrheal incidence frequently. We identified 5 Panchayats namely: 1. Arasakuppam, 2. Anchetty 3. Akalakottai 4. Saragapalli and 5. Natrampalayam. Through our intervention among the school children, women SHG members, school teachers and panchayat leaders, around 5000 families are aware about the technology and adopting the technology and using protected water for drinking purpose regularly. Now, the water borne diseases reduced among the target community dramatically. SLT is planning to replicate the model to Dharmapuri district in forthcoming years.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT
A sustainable agriculture is a system of agriculture that will last. It is an agriculture that maintains its productivity over the long run. Sustainable agriculture is both a philosophy and a system of farming. It has its roots in a set of values that reflects an awareness of both ecological and social realities. It involves design and management procedures that work with natural processes to conserve all resources, minimize waste and environmental damage, while maintaining or improving farm profitability. Working with natural soil processes is of particular importance. Sustainable agriculture systems are designed to take maximizes advantage of existing soil nutrient and water cycles, energy flows, and soil organisms for food production. As well, such systems aim to produce food that is nutritious, without being contaminated with products that might harm human health. In practice such systems have tended to avoid the use of synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, and livestock feed additives. These substances are rejected on the basis of their dependence on non-renewable resources, disruption potential within the environment, and their potential impacts on wildlife, livestock and human health.

Man has considered himself powerful than nature. He has started perceiving environment as a resource to be exploited rather than a system to be maintained. The extent of human intervention has grown to the extent of human intervention has grown to a point where it has produced dangerous and disruptive changes in the environment. Deforestation, soil erosion, alkalinization of soil, industrialization, urbanization, depletion of natural resources, extinction of several living species and increasing pollution have all collectively contributed to the degradation of environment. The Challenge before us today is secure human comforts without ecological disruption. Attention has to be given Eco-regeneration, biosphere resources, environmental research, and education and awareness generation.

SLT is focusing on creating farmers groups at each village and identifies volunteers in the village. The identified volunteer farmers were trained in sustainable agriculture.

The contents are:
Seed selection, Seed processing, Seed sowing, Land preparation, Vermi compost, Organic compost, Panchakaviya, Pest control and Traditional seeds multiplication. This is to enable the farmers to return to natural farming practices gradually to save the soil fertility and ensure bio diversity and ecological balance. 28 farmers are being active as volunteers to disseminate the inputs on sustainable agriculture to the fellow farmers in the villages in the future. To enhance livelihood security of the farmers, our trust providing various training for farmers and motivate them a chemical free and eco-friendly organic agricultural practices. After the workshop we participated, we organized a training programme especially, livestock farmers, about agro forestry technologies silvi-pasture methods in detail. In total 35 farmers participated in the training. During the training we provide seed pockets of green fodder grass along with seeds of fodder tree species to all the participants.

DOCUMENTATION ON ETHNO VETERINARY PRACTICES:
With the support of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, and with the collaboration of FRLHT, Bangalore, our Trust conducted a base line survey with the specific objective of incidence of local veterinary diseases and their cost of treatment through EVM and modern veterinary drugs prior to the projects implementation at selected villages in Morappur Block of Dharmapuri district.

DOCUMENTATION OF TRADITIONAL HEALERS’ PRACTICES:
With the aim of document traditional health knowledge and practices available in the treatment of human and animal health in Dharmapuri district, our Trust undertake village level survey in all the 8 blocks of the district and to identify traditional healers and gathering basic information and document activities and their role in traditional health care with the support of Taluk level Nattu Vaidya Sangam. And further we planned to undertake cost effective treatments to be documented and analysis systematically with the help of them, collection of published data from universities, research institutes on traditional health practices for human and livestock. Also we will develop training material in vernacular language for rural population and school children to provide reliable information on the uses of selected medicinal plants using by the traditional healers in our district.

HERBAL GARDEN PROMOTION:
This intervention involved the establishment of home herbal gardens in rural households via women self help groups and community based organizations. The capacity of women self help groups strengthened to establish and manage decentralized nurseries to supply carefully selected species related to prioritized health needs of humans, livestock and plants as identified by the local households. The women SHGs also provided reliable information on the uses of the selected plants.
NUTRITIONAL KITCHEN GARDEN:
Food security is defined as a function of providing enough quality food or the ability to purchase of food. Producing cereals using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides cannot satisfy these functions. Organic agriculture emphasizes diversity and provide both enough and quality food which generate income to purchase other food. The diversity makes the option more resistant to problems of climate change, drought, vulnerability and poverty. If further provides the family with a year round supply of food and income together with a year-round source of employment. The developing country like India, badly need for technologies that are cheap, simple, locally resource-based and that can at the same time produce food sustainability. If we let the forces of nature function with little interference, the output can be very satisfying and we can let nature do the entire job. Bio-intensive garden is a method that capitalizes on their forces of nature in all phases of development: Growing, fertilization and pest control. For this, SLT integrated various modules and training the farm families. To date 20 families have participated directly in the training on BIG. Replicability of the technologies amongst the community is goes another 15 families.

TRAINING ON MEDICINAL PLANTS CULTIVATION:
The training was organized for farming communities in Kelavalli village in Morappur Block of Dharmapuri district. In total 32 farmers participated in the training. The farmers interacted with experts in the field and cleared their doubts during the interaction session and sharing their experiences in medicinal plants cultivation. The resource persons highlighted in-situ and ex-situ conservation of medicinal plants biodiversity, the medicinal plants are exploited by the drug manufacturing companies and unrestricted plant gathered from the forest and surrounding villages; global and national scenario on market opportunities and potential of medicinal plants; cost benefit analysis for various medicinal plants; how our traditional health care system depending on medicinal plants and the usage of medicinal plants for human and animal being; design the landscape for medicinal plants cultivation; and available government schemes/sources for medicinal plants cultivation and contract farming etc., are also highlighted in the awareness generation training programme.

REPRODUCTIVE AND CHILD HEALTH CARE:
Sustainable Life Trust continuing its health-based activities for creating sustainable livelihood in the project area. In this context, SLT organized health education programme through cultural forms, based on need and local issues. The topics covered in the programmes were women and child health, nutrition, personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene, safe sex practices, women’s health problems related to early marriage and early pregnancy and social problems like female infanticides etc.,

WOMEN & CHILD DEVELOPMENT:
Sustainable Life Trust continued its efforts in promotion of new women self-help groups as well as strengthening the ongoing SHGs. Addition to this they were providing education on women status, economic freedom and prevention on societal and domestic violence, education and schooling of girl children, preventive, promotive and curative education on reproductive health care, HIV/AIDS & Sexually Transmitted Infections….. World Breastfeeding week:

AWARENESS GENERATION
AWARENESS GENERATION ON RURAL TECHNOLOGIES:
Various rural technologies developed by the local communities. Research and Development centers, Universities are unknown to the rural people. Because the information about the technologies are not spread well. Such kinds of technologies are low cost and affordable by the community. So, Sustainable Life Trust felt that to promote the technologies through campaigning activities. Sustainable Life Trust created awareness about Roof–top rain–water harvesting system and vermi-compost & vermi–culture technologies among the target people through group meeting with SHG members. For the campaign, Sustainable Life Trust prepared pamphlets about Rain–water harvesting system and vermi-compost making and disseminated the information in the campaign. Our Trust conducted a series of awareness meeting amongst the rural people about the importance of roof top rainwater harvesting structures, which is very much useful for reduce flouorisis in the ground water.