In December last year, Malar Trust made scholarship awards to 63 students – worth 10 lahks rupees – to pay for their schooling in 2020/2021. The 33 new scholarship students and 30 existing ones come from all age groups, from primary school up to college.
Malar Trust India organised a series of workshops about menstruation and associated issues for women belonging to the tribal communities of the villages where we work. The four sessions were delivered in collaboration with the Institution of Research and Development for Rural Poor Trust (IRDRP) and the Consortium of Health Associations in India (CHAI) which jointly financed the project.
Over 100 women attended the four workshops which provided knowledge on the functioning of the female body and basic hygiene information..
Our fourth Day Care Centre opened in the Irular community of Puliyur village (Chengalpattu District) on Saturday September 12th 2020. The centre is serving children from 15 families who live in the village, who have only been able to attend school occasionally until now.
It was only when the Government began free food distribution in March and April that we realised how many people – especially Gypsies and tribal people – do not have their family ration smart cards yet.