kaliraj kauruppasamy, tamil nadu
by Tim Willmott : Be the first to leave a comment
The real heroes of today are people like Kaliraj Karupppasamy, an agricultural teacher at schools in Kovilpatti in Tamil Nadu, in the south of India. These are the people who will make sure the new generation understand in a way adults never can. When they grow up they will not need convincing or persuading, it will be part of their makeup.
Kaliraj is a one-man environmental movement, helping students at padarthapuli primary, thonukal middle, pudur high and vanarapatty higher secondary school. Kaliraj worked with Cletus Babu at SCAD as a project coordinator and is now organising and running his own projects. His work includes running 50 eco-clubs in different school. The clubs’ activities include tree planting, making kitchen gardens, training on global warming and awareness on health issues.
His latest project is the ‘Little Doctor Club’, which raises awareness among school children of the benefits of personal hygiene and sanitation .
It’s been a very busy and successful year for Kaliraj (even though he was sick for 15 days with typhoid fever). In July he organised Green Village Day with the involvement of school children and village leaders. He conducted training on waste management in biodegradable waste and non-degradable waste for school children. As the rainy season got underway in Tamil Nadu he organised the planting of 50,000 trees at school and individual student’s homes, supplying 10 trees to each student, these included mango, citrus, banana, guava, azadirachta (neem), tamarind, papaya and murunga (moringa).