Beneficiaries are the marginalised sections of the society, with special attention to child labourers, migrant labourers, rural women, unemployed youth and victims of natural calamities, of target areas. No distinction is made on the lines of caste, creed, political affiliations or religious beliefs. Those who are in need of most attention get the most of it, as far as possible.
All the Tamil speaking people, the world over, especially migrant labourers, benefit from the internet radio broadcasts, publications and such other broad-based network and communication programmes. The general public of the target area get the benefit of all awareness campaigns, health and hygiene programmes, and environment protection projects.
Migrant labourers from Tamil Nadu get the benefit of rescue and resettlement efforts. Child labourers get the fruits of liberation, non-formal education, re-entry into institutions of formal education, etc. Unemployed youth and women get the benefits of vocational training, organizational initiatives, financial assistance, etc.
In natural calamities, all the affected people, without any distinction, get the benefits of relief activities. The homeless people and children who are dropouts from formal schools get the most out of rehabilitation initiatives. Free medicines are provided to people suffering from common ailments and awareness campaigns on HIV/AIDS are conducted among vulnerable sections in the target area.
Vision & Mission
Watershed Management Programme, Anuppanadi
The Programme covers 10 hamlets in Anuppanadi Panchayat of MDU district. It is a rain dependent area which is low productive due to lack of conservation measures of soil and water. Overexploitation of wells, non-maintenance of tanks and soil erosion had made the land mostly barren. Organising and strengthening the Village Watershed Committee, planning with the participation of farmers and strengthening SHGs prepared the ground for full implementation of the watershed programme with the assistance of NABARD.
Anti-Child-Labour Action Programme in Anuppanadi
Anuppanadi of Tamil Nadu is one of the most backward areas and the incidence of child labour is very high. To prepare for the successful implementation of eradication of child labour, target villages were surveyed for gathering information and suspected houses were visited for collection of specific data. Motivation programmes were conducted for volunteers and non formal education centres, tuition centres and balwadies were setup. To back up the work, Child Rights Groups were organised and motivation camps were established for child labourers. The Programme has begun to bear fruit with liberation of child labourers and their reenrolment in formal education institutions.
Women Development Programmes
SFO Industrial School of MDU district of Tamil Nadu is an education and training centre for the disadvantaged and marginalised children, especially ex-child-labourers, equipping them with formal and informal education and training for self employment and sustainable livelihood. Vocational training to youth with government recognised certificates, seminars and symposia on socio cultural issues, motivation programmes for consumer forums, youth welfare organisations and awareness programmes on HIV/AIDS and health and hygiene are conducted in the School premises.
Women Development Programmes
The unemployed and underemployed women of the backward districts of Tamil Nadu have been organised into Self Help Groups, given training for self development and skill development and provided necessary initial financial help for self employment projects. The groups are also assisted in the marketing of the finished products and given the necessary counselling for obtaining financial assistance from the government and other financial institutions.
Migrant Labour Welfare Programmes
Sivagangai block of Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu was selected for intervention programmes for migrant labourers as the number of such people was very high in the area. The migrant labourers and their families were given the necessary education on migration-related problems, especially health problems and HIV/AIDS vulnerability. Migrant Tamil workers all over the world were contacted through publications and internet radio and action taken in cases were they had been cheated by agents or persecuted by employers. Pre-departure training programmes, Peer Educator Training Programmes, information booths and networking through media were utilised to help potential migrant labourers.
Core Labour Standard Raising Programmes
Intervention programmes for abolition of child labour and awareness programmes on adherence to ILO conventions such as fundamental principles and rights at work place and ratification of convention 182 have been the thrust areas of Peace Trust. Effective coalition has been built up with trade unions, students, women forums, consumer forums, NGOs and other like-minded institutions for concerted action in these areas.