Conceptualized in June 2015, SAMUPLAN is an educational project created for both the gypsy and tribal communities. This program works to provide children with an education, an understanding of health and hygiene, livelihood support, vocational training, and create awareness.
Through the project 42 children have been admitted in a nearby school; they are transported to and from this school in a vehicle provided for them by Samugam. The motto of this project is to provide 100% education to the underprivileged; those who had been denied the opportunity to an education.
When we found the children begging on the roads, rag picking, eating from the garbage and not going to school, Samugamdecided to establish a shelter for those kids who were neglected by our society.
JALY Home (Justice Awareness Loyalty for Youth) is the residential home for the Gypsy,tribal,street and deprived children and they all get 100% education.
Pullambadi (Trichy district.Tamilnadu)
The Pullambadi boy’s home is located in the childhood town of Bruno Savio. Samugam currently work with over 90 boys from the area who come from poor families in remote villages; they are otherwise faced with no other chance of education and not enough food. These boys go to school and live in Pullambadi, then during holidays, or on weekends, they return to their families.
Within these communities, Samugam has worked to create awareness about health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, social and economical issues among the community and youth. Bruno, the director of Samugam, provides soap, toothbrushes, and beads (for jewelry making), among other things, to support the community. More ways they are trying to bring change in the community by providing sanitation, clothing and training in the health and hygiene with the support of volunteers, starting a crèche for children and teach them through non-formal ways in the school building constructed by Samugam, helping them live in a clean surrounding by tidying the colony and bathing the children, etc., and also motivating the children to live in JALY Home and undergo formal education with due permission from their parents. They hope to encourage savings, organize vocational training, conduct awareness camps, and more.
As Samugam engaged with the gypsy community, the parents were motivated to send their children to the city for formal education. But to do that, they needed a home. Not only did the gypsy children need a place to stay, but so did orphan and semi-orphan children who were found begging on the street. With the help of JAL ONG, Spain, they built a home and named it after their organization to express their gratitude. At the JALY Home, they attend formal school and lead a healthy life in a safe and clean environment. Currently there are 96 children in the program. Here, the children participate in activities like music, basic computer education, drawing, craft, educational tour, and health camps. In the future, they hope to offer more extra-curricular activities, organize training in various fields, help them develop special skills, set up a Children’s Parliament, organize exposure visits and provide multi-media support.
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease, which primarily affects the skin and the nerves surrounding the brain and spinal cord; it may also affect the eyes as well as the thin lining inside of the nose. Timely diagnosis and treatment of cases, before nerve damage has occurred, is the most effective way of preventing disability. While this disease is currently under control in India, many who have leprosy are still cast out of their families.
Founded in 1991 with the initial mission of helping those inflicted with leprosy, Samugam now continues to work with elderly leprosy patients in a group home where they receive physical rehabilitation and support. They are also provided with special shoes, food, and clothing. Samugam is doing its utmost to meet their emotional needs and families of the patients are provided with information on the disease, along with counseling and support. Samugam often celebrate festivals with the leprosy victims and on a monthly basis provide them with food and other necessary items for a comfortable life.
Samugam is committed to the training of different skills for girls from impoverished families. In 2007, with the support of the Province of West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Samugam established a free tailoring program within the community.
In 2013, ‘Sewing the Seeds’, a tailoring project supported by Gayle Factor and the people of Melbourne, Australia, was established and it helps over 100 impoverished women to learn a skill. Over a period of six months, the women were provided with free tailoring training in addition to a gifted sewing machine. The skills gained through this program help to fuel women’s empowerment by creating a place for them within the labor market.
The goat project is an ever expanding program in which families have three goats and economic support. The families have one female and one male goat. After two years, the families can sell one goat per month; giving back one newborn goat to Samugam. The goats given back to Samugam can, then we placed with a new family. A sustainable cycle is created and is able to help many families in the community. So far over 300 families have taken part in this program.