From the beginning of October MTI runs a new Tuition Center in the Irula Community of Poonjeri Masima Nagar.
The Tuition Center had been operating for years by a local association that for unknown reasons stopped funding the project and paying for the teacher salary. The place remained closed for months until the local community, a group of Irula families living in the neighborhood of Poonjeri, asked MTI to include their Center within its projects.
Masima Nagar so becomes our fourth Tuition Center in Poonjeri, after the two dalit Centers inTKM Street and Mettu Street and the Irula Education Center on the ECR but the small building is not enough to accommodate the over 30 children that attend, especially during the rainy season
At the inauguration, where two tourists attended, we distributed notebooks, pen and pencils. A new teacher has been appointed, she is the daughter of a woman that we already know, she received a small loan from us to develop her small business, 15.000 rupees that she used to buy a second hand weel cart to sell fruits and vegatables on the road.
About 30 Irula children will benefit from the project.