International Ocean Institute (IOI) :
Sept. 9, 2001
Professor RR had given a book with details of the
moneys spent but this is temporarily with other
chapters of Asha. They are in the process of either
faxing us a copy or sending the original back to us.
The review is based on an attachment that Anu received
with an email from the Prof. as well her conversations
The IOI project (International Ocean Institute) was
the brainchild of Prof RR of IIT-Chennai. It is aimed
at 40 Dalit villages in the Tuticorin district. As a
model, one village has been picked as a model and with
the hope of extending the project in the immediate
future. In each village a village center is hoped to
be established that provides educational support to
the children. To get a sense of the context in which
these people live, the village is one of the poorest
with total apathy among the villagers. The latter
largely through the belief that they cannot make any
impact to change the situation they find themselves
in. For instance, buses don't stop at the village
because has dalits and as a result children have to
walk whatever distance they need to school.
One of the first tasks accomplished by IOI was to aid
the villagers in rebuilding and opening the local
temple. This event was reported to have rejuvenated
the villagers with a sense of ownership and an
improved sense of the village.
Break-up of Funds:
The total amount of the project (centers to be started
in 2 villages) was $6,600. Asha is to fund $5,000 and
the additional amount was raised by the institute from
secondary sources. AB has sent out the first
installment of $2,500 and the second installment has
been due since March 2001.
Item Amount (in $)
Construction of tuition center shed 1,471
Educational Material 148
Recreations & Sports 134
FT Salary for center organizer 799
Nutritional supplement 580
Vocational training 22
Training, field visits 260
Prof. RR reports a gross under-estimation of the
building costs especially since their aim was to build
an ecological and environmentally friendly building
that has proven to be very difficult to translate into
reality. Vocational training has also started with the
computer training in May of this year.
IOI is desperate for funds, as the secondary funds
that they were receiving from Japan have stopped.
Prof. RR is trying to get money and has already
written to AB twice. Anu personally has a lot of
confidence in the project. Prof. RR also has been a
person who is in intimate contact with Asha. The
centers are promised to affect real change in the
lives of the villagers. There is also a hope to start
a micro-credit unit for women to set the project on
the road to being self-sustaining (this will be
discussed in greater detail latter as a second
To send out the next installment of $2,500
International Ocean Institute:
June 25, 2000
Presented by Anu
Amt requested:11,111. Children:150-200 will benefit.
ASHA junior centers for children combined with microcredit schemes for the
- What kind of income generating activities will these recipients of the
micro credit engage in? i.e - is there neough market for their income
- Who employs these people who are landless laborers now?
Vinay commented that this project, with regards to the microcredit scheme
is more for poverty management than for poverty alleviation.
i.e - there doesn't seem to be any component in this project that aims to
radically change the social status of the dalits. We will have to talk to
Prof.RR about this and find out about this.