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14. MIPS—Madurai Institute of Peace Science
This is another project that is termed as completed. The stated purpose of this project seems rather dubious.
Purpose / Goals
Tutoring and facilities for 101 children in 4 hamlets of Alathur Panchayat, Madurai District. Funding required for one year. Later, it is supposed to be self sufficient.”
Comment: As the purpose states, ASHA managed to provide funding of $5660 in total in that one year in 1997. However there is no reason stated as to why the funding was needed only for that one year, or how the institute intends to become self-sufficient with the money received in that one year.
After hours coaching facility and study centre for children of SC/ST landless labourers. Homes of these labourers do not offer a conducive environment for children to study because of lack of lighting, space, poor ventilation etc. This is one of the reasons for high dropout rates and poor performance of these children. Moreover, these labourers are not literate themselves and cannot provide the help and support for these children to study. A total of 101 school children of all age groups will be benefitted. The project is going to buy infrastructure equipment (blackboards, writing tables etc.), provide tutoring with the help of one trained tutor plus 2 volunteers per hamlet. The project also will provide basic health checkups for the children. In addition, the project will provide a library and a recreational facility for the children.
As stated earlier, since the project is completed, there should be accounts available. However, none have been shown.