24 months have passed and Partex Hand-in-Hand project in the village Panapuram has now come to an end.
You can read about our performance in the final report here.
I recently revisited the village of Panapuram in Tamil Nadu, South India, with other delegates from the Partex Group. The purpose of our visit was to see firsthand how the donation made by Partex, through the charity Hand in Hand, had improved the lives of the villagers.
Hand in Hand helps villages in remote parts of the world through their Village Uplift Programme (VUP), which has 5 main focus areas:
- Self help groups and micro finance
- Education and the elimination of child labour
- IT & governance
During our visit we saw various small businesess which had been supported through the establishment of a self help group and a micro finance loan. These included a small village shop, core (rope) manufacturing from coconut husks, yoghurt and cheese making, SARI and rug weaving.
Educational Projects had been established where children were encouraged to stay on at school - one young man has been sponsored to study medicine at university.
The project has provided for regular health visitors who are trying to eliminate anaemia from the villagers, provide education on healthy nutrition, provide eye clinics and cataract treatment, and distribute medicines.
Water filtration systems have been installed, eliminating water born diseases. The village has a toilet block offering proper sanitation. Biogas created from the waste is collected and used to fuel small cookers.
Citizen centres have been established, each outlying community now has internet access. The register of births and deaths is now done electronically instead of a 2hr walk to the nearest city!
The visit was a very humbling experience for all the ambassadors and will live long in our memories.
As an ambassador for Partex Marking Systems, I was selected to visit Panapuram village in a remote part of South India. The purpose of the visit was to see the work being done by the charity, Hand in Hand Organisation which is supported by Partex with substantial donations over a two year period.
The Pananpuram Village Uplift Programme has five main focus areas: Women's Job Creation, Child Education, Citizen Centres, Healthcare and Environment. During my visit, we opened 3 school buildings after providing teaching equipment, opened a wireless computer room (1 computer), planted various trees to provide shade in the playgrounds and also to harvest fruit and weaving materials.
Most importantly we implemented a working water filtration machine which ensured water pumped up from a bore hole in the village was clean and safe to drink.
The project also helped in providing teachers and doctors who visited the village on a weekly basis.
Anne Katrine Åhlén-Grundel
|Welcome sign||A warm welcome||Children happy
to recieve toys
|New water filter||Deligates plant
Partex's branch expansion into India has resulted in Partex supporting Hand in Hand; a company dedicated to increasing the quality of life through creating job opportunities for the local people. The manager of Hand in Hand, Percy Barnevik, has shown that creating jobs is a highly effective way of helping an area develop and that micro-entrepreneurs are key drivers for economic growth.
Hand in Hand’s work in India and Africa shows that when given support and training, women living in poverty can develop into successful business people, running small family companies. Women are usually the guardians of their childrens' futures and demonstrate a high level of responsibility when given the opportunity to invest a micro credit in their businesses. Research shows that on average, women who live in poverty use 92 cents of each extra dollar of income to improve their children’s health and education. Hand in Hand provides microfinance loans via a group-lending model. Repayment of the disbursed micro credits is 99,4%
Hand in Hand have displayed impressive results after 7 years of work in India: 850.000 women have been mobilized in self help groups creating more than 1.1 million jobs. This means that hundreds of thousands of children have been brought back from hard labour to better improving their education for a better quality of life. On top of that almost 3 000 citizen centres and IT facilities have been established, and health checks for 290 000 people have been carried out under the Health and Hygiene Programme. 307 000 households are covered by waste management under the Environmental Protection Programme.
We at Partex will finance Hand in Hands work in the small Indian village Panapuram. Panapuram has around 3.600 inhabitants and is located near Bangalore, where Partex India's facilities are located. In total the project will last for two years, during which time we will be reporting its progress. Our three “Partex ambassadors” - Anne Katrine Åhlén Grundel (Partex Sweden), Johnathan Pilling (Partex UK) and Tomasz Dembkowski (Partex Poland) - will be on hand to do this. Sophie Lööf, part owner of Partex, will also be involved with the project.
The first task of the ambassadors is to visit Panapuram in March.
For additional information about the project, please contact:
Sophie Lööf, Partex Marking Systems
Phone: +46 (0)551 20100