Back in India, I had the opportunity to visit Erode, a small industrial town in Tamil Nadu. I was invited by the Ladies Circle India to document their projects. I would have never thought that I would one day visit Erode, or Tirrupur or Salem but there I was sitting with friends whom I had met for the first time but had a shared goal. This was going to be a great experience.
My first visit was to the Panchayat Union Middle School in Anaikalpalayam. The Government School has education up to Middle School i.e from Class 1 to Class 8. There are 67 children in this school who study in Tamil. After getting the permissions from the School, I entered a noisy class, which disciplined itself within seconds of our arrival. The ladies Circle has done several projects in this school which has included distribution of water drums for the toilets. The Ladies come back to the school to celebrate important festivals and distribute prizes to the deserving students.
Our next stop in the city was the Municipal Girls Higher Secondary School in Karungalpalayam. The Government School dedicated to the education of the girl child has 887 students (Wow!), who are educated from the middle to the higher school. I reached in time to hear the closing bell ring, and was soon surrounded by the students. Being more camera-shy than the boys, the girls shied away from the camera. The Ladies Circle has a mid-day meal project in this school as well distribution of the NSS uniform to selected students. The Circle also works with a orphange and have distributed cooking utensils at timely intervals. Thank you Tablers and Circlers of Erode for a wonderful time!