Watershed Program

Watershed Program (1979 – 2002)
The issues in Natramapalayam and surrounding hilly areas were partially attributed to the limited and unpredictable rainfall. In order to find enough water to cultivate the land and provide for themselves and their livestock, the inhabitants of the region were required to migrate regularly. The frequent migration put severe strain on the old and young, and the inconsistency of the crop harvests led to malnutrition and starvation.

In 1979 IVDP initiated a watershed program along an area of hills in the Denkanikottai and Thally Blocks. This involved the planning and construction of 92 major and 239 minor check dams, built across streams or gullies in the hilly region. From 1979 - 1985 Oxfoam funded for check dams and from 1986 - 2002 NCOs, Belgium gave funds for constructing check dams.

The check dams are designed to retain monsoon rains, leading to increased groundwater levels, and storing water for the irrigation, livestock, and domestic requirements of the villagers.
The check dams constructed resulted in groundwater levels rising by 40 feet leading to successful harvests throughout the year. It has also created water stores allowing the inhabitants to isettle in their native villages. The benefits are being appreciated by 40,000 people across 60 villages in the Denkanikottai and Thally Blocks.

Child Friendly Village Planning Project

Child Friendly Village Planning Project (CFVP) – working with UNICEF Chennai (2005 – 2007)
With the support of UNICEF Chennai, IVDP initiated the Child Friendly Village Planning Project in five blocks ( 139 panchayats)  of Krishnagiri District, to improve health, water, sanitation, and education among women and children.
CFVP schemes
  1. HIV testing for pregnant women
  2. Child labour schools
  3. Sanitary napkins
  4. Sanitation classes
HIV testing for pregnant women
In order to minimize HIV transmission from mothers to their children, 150 pregnant women were tested across five blocks in April 2007.
Child Labor Schools
The CFVP team identified 32 child laborers in the village of Ariyanapalli and 20 in the village of Madhinayapalli. This led to the opening of child labor schools in the respective villages later on
Sanitary Napkins
Study revealed that uterus cancer and urinary tract infections were common among the CFVP operational areas.
Sanitation classes
The school students were made aware of personal hygiene, food safety, toilet usage and hygiene, village sanitation, safe drinking water.
Highlights of CFVP Programme
CFVP Exercise completed in 879 Villages
Total number of VLMCs formed 879.
Total Panchayats covered 139.
Total strength of CFVP team 145 Facilitators.
No.of Antenatal mother brought under ANC awareness camp 3731.
No.of Mother given awareness on PNC 18309.
No.of ANMs Tested on HIV 703.
No.of dropouts admitted in school 1349.
No.of garbage Pit/Leach pits dug 371.
No.of 1746 Kgs ‘Sathu Mavu’ given to Pregnant women/ Malnourished children
No.of children given Polio drops 17132.
No.of children given Vitamin ‘A’ Drops 19311.
No.of school children given awareness on Personal Hygiene 100608.
No.of SHG women had awareness on 18 indicators 35853.
No.of Adolescent girls received IFA Tablets 153748.
No.of Children helped to get Birth Certificate 792.
No.of Children admitted in Anganwadi center 154.
No.of families use safe drinking water 90%.
No.of families use iodised salt around 97%.
No.of families helped to construct Toilets 1134.
No.of places in where CFVP Slogan written 1309.


Health & hygiene (2006 onwards)

Solar Energy & Sanitation Activities Promoted




Name of the Activity

No.of Beneficiaries as on Mar’17

Amount as on Mar’2017

No.of Beneficiaries 2017-18

Amount 2017-2018

No.of Beneficiaries as on Feb’18

Amount as on Feb’2018


Sanitary Napkin promoted


Rs.19.20 cr


Rs.3.98 cr


23.18 cr


Toilet promoted


Rs.48 cr




Rs.48 cr


Water Purify systems


Rs.34.40 cr


Rs.32 lak


Rs.34.72 cr


Solar lights promoted


Rs.31.20 cr


Rs.8.5 cr


Rs.39.7 cr


Less smoke stove promoted


Rs.4.9 cr




Rs.4.9 cr












Rs.137.70 cr


Rs.12.8 cr


Rs.150.5 cr

We believe that health and hygiene are the pillars of good living. Hence SHG members are encouraged to have Toilet, safe drinking water and sanitary napkins.
Toilet for all: with the help of Nationalized Banks and IVDP fund, 48,055  Toilets were promoted among its SHG members, worth of Rs.48 Crore.
Safe drinking water: IVDP promotes ‘pureit’ among its SHG members to provide safe drinking water. So far, 1,07,083 pureit water filters & Marvello RO worth of Rs.34.72 crore were given to IVDP SHG families and each pureit is given at 12% discount. 
Sanitary NapkinsTo prevent uterus cancer, RTI and UTI, IVDP promotes sanitary Napkins among the SHG members in collaboration with Bella and the napkins are given at 25% discount. So far Rs.23.08 crore worth of sanitary napkins(2,73,494 boxes) were purchased by members.
D.lights : 95% of SHG members use D-lights (5,66,338) d-lights and worth of Rs.39.7 crore


Envirofit Wood Stove : Each cook stove of envirofit saves 1 ton of carbon emission per year(with a 3 hour running in a day), so far IVDP having distributed 29,283 stoves to its members, have saved 29,283 tons of carbon emission, thereby helped in a clean environment.



Self Help Groups


Women’s Self Help Groups (SHGs) (1989 onwards)
Women’s Self Help Groups consist of 12 – 20 women from rural villages. Their aim is to work together to create a savings account, secure safe reliable loans, start income Generative activities, earn enough money and lead happy and contented life.





IVDP SHG DETAILS AS ON MAR'17 2017-2018 AS ON Jan'2018
NO.OF SHGS 11092 775 11867
NO.OF MEMBERS 202476 17064 219540
TOTAL SAVINGS Rs.470 crores Rs.71 crores Rs.541 crores
TOTAL DIVIDEND Rs.394 crores Rs.56 crores Rs.450 crores




DETAILS AS ON MAR'17 2017-2018 AS ON JAN'18
BANK LOAN Rs.2518 crores Rs.309 crores Rs.2827 crores
SANGHA LOAN Rs.2463 crores Rs.217 crores Rs.2680 crores
IVDP LOAN Rs.111.5 crores Rs.16.5 crores Rs.128 crores
SANITATION LOAN Rs.136 crores Rs.11.7 crores Rs.147.7 crores
Total Rs.5228.5 crores Rs.554.2 crores Rs.5782.7 crores

Since from the launching (1989) of SHG activities to till JAN'2018, the IVDP has helped above 2,19,540 SHG members to avail Rs.5,782.7 crores from all kinds of loans.  In the beginning IFAD gave funds for SHG development and later on direct links were given to SHGs by Nationalized Banks.

Besides this regular activity, IVDP promoted solar lamps keeping in mind the frequent power cuts. Till Jan'18, we promoted 5,62,000 lamps and reduced the usage of kerosene lamps. Our concern for educational services continue to be a priority and spent nearly Rs.22.5 crore as on Jan'2018  for various academic advancement of students.
Life Security Fund

This is a unique scheme, showing the entire 2 lakh members solidarity towards the death of their beloved members.Each new member has to Contribute Rs. 100/- as an entry amount.In the subsequent years the Premium Amount will be between Rs.100/- to Rs. 180/- depending upon the death ratio in the particular year concerned.

According to it, If a member dies due to natural cause her kins are given Rs. 40,000/- and the members who have become permanently disabled are given Rs.20,000/-.

From 2012 onwards the Compensation for death will be from Rs.40,000 to Rs.50,000, and for disability Rs.20,000 to Rs.25,000/-.

Rs.3.24 crores have been distributed to 645 nominees of the deceased (Rs.50,000/- each) this year (2017-2018)

Rs.5,000/- is given immediately for the funeral expenses to the affected family from the groups general fund, culatively Rs.1 crore and 72 lakh has been distributed under this scheme.

Cumulatively, right from the beginning of the scheme Rs.23 crore 34 lakhs has been distributed to 5260 nominees of the deceased.


Dividend is an income earned from Sangha Loan interest and Special loan interest,  and the accumulated such amount is shared among the members in accordance with individual’s savings. 

This year (2016-2017)  3544 groups shared Rs.56 crores as dividend and Rs.39 crores of excess savings among the members.

Cumulatively right from the beginining IVDP - SHGs shared Rs.450 crore as dividend among the members.

Income Generative programs
The SHGs are the main formula for poverty alleviation. Hence, Loans are made available to members for starting income generative activities and we strongly feel that the women empowerment would take place only when the members start earning for their livelihood. Some of the Income generative activities people pursue are toffee making, pickles making, preparation of eatables, tamarind processing, rekxine making, rope making, mat weaving etc.,






As on MAR’17



ALL STUDENTS IN 1ST TO 12TH STD (Vetri Namm Kaiyil, Water Bottle, Mathematical kid)

Rs. 3.63 crores

Rs. 65 lakhs

Rs.4.28 crores

SHG members Children (Educational scholarship to IVDP SHG members children who scored above 90% in their public examination, Widow member children scholarship, Solar lamp to SHG member children, IVDP SHG staff children scholarship

Rs.5.05 crores

Rs.85 lakhs

Rs.5.89 crores

IVDP Nethaji School construction & establishment work

Rs.3  crores

Rs.1.5 lakhs

Rs.3.05 crores

IVDP Computer Academy, Hanumanthapuram

Rs.1.52  crores

Rs.1.1 lakh

Rs.1.53 crores

Educational Scholarship to College students

Rs.1.87  crores

Rs.44 lakh

Rs.2.31 crores

Educational service to Child Welfare Commity

Rs.5.35 lakh

Rs.6.7 lakh

Rs.11.52 lakh

Educational Material to Schools and Colleges

Rs.4.76 crores

Rs.47 lakhs

Rs.5.23 crores





Total Amount spent for Educational Activities

Rs.19.88 crores

Rs.2.5 crores

Rs.22.38 crores


Scholarships, cash awards and text book guides are extended to the poor children hailing in our operational areas.


IVDP Computer Academy, Hanumanthapuram Village, Dharmapuri District, 636 802

This center was started in 2008 and the rural students are empowered with IT skills to pursue high salaried jobs.

The institution is an Authorized Training Center of BICS InfoTech, Yellagiri Hills, Vellore Dt, Tamil Nadu.
Programmes Offered:
Diploma in Computer Application (DCA) comprising of spoken english, Computer Basics, MS-Office, DTP, Hardware and Networking, Fundamentals of Tally, Web Publishing, E-mail operations and Multimedia.
IVDP NETHAJI MATRICULATION SCHOOL (School for Tribal Children), Kottaiyur.

Our Mission : To Empower Tribals through education and opportunity
Our Aim  : To provide each student with an ideal learning environment to grow and excel from the time he/she begins education journey with us.

Our Vision :

  • Stress - free educational environment.
  • Quality Education to the disadvantaged.

Our Salient features :

  • Imparts Value - based education
  • Prepares the student for life
  • Creates a child - cantered environment
  • Builds good educator - students bonds
  • Fosters freedom and openness
  • Aims at building a family spirit
  • Provides skill - based training
Having realised, our founder undertook extensive travel and visited all the tribal villages in and around Kottaiyur and started Tamil Medium in the year 2001 and later he felt the need of English Medium then upgraded the same school as a Matric School in the year 2013.  At present 600 students are studying from LKG to X std. In this noble journey, Society of Sisters of St.Annes- Madavaram (SSAM) extends their helping hands with IVDP.


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