Raleigh International UK Projects

Raleigh International UK Projects

Kappikadu Tribal Housing Project

In partnership with Raleigh India (part of Raleigh International), the Kappikadu Tribal Housing Project was implemented in January 2009, working in the tribal village of Kappikadu, in the Gudalur block of the Nilgiri District in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Our project with Raleigh involved the construction of new all weather houses for the Kattanayakan (kings of the forest) tribe, who are identified by the Indian government as a primitive tribal group, with ancestry in the area for thousands of years.

Prior to the project, this disadvantaged and marginalised tribal community were mostly living in substandard mud walled and wild grass roof huts, which were insufficient to protect them against the elements and inclement weather conditions prevailing in this hill region for much of the year. Resulting problems included severe leaking during the monsoon and serious fire risk during the dry season. In addition the fragile huts provided little in the way of protection from dangers posed by local wildlife, in particular from the damaging / trampling of property by elephants, which was a frequent problem in this village.

Through the Kappikadu Tribal Housing Project, fourteen new secure all weather houses were built, in place of the old huts, for the sixty-four residents of the village. The project took place over thirty-six days, in two phases involving fifteen Raleigh volunteers working on each phase.

The new houses have greatly improved the living conditions and lives of the Kattanayakan people.

Muttilmoola Tribal Housing Project

Also in partnership with Raleigh India, the Muttilmoola Tribal Housing Project was implemented in July 2009, working in the tribal village of Muttilmoola, in the Gudalur block of the Nilgiri District in the state of Tamil Nadu.

This project strategy was the same as the above Kappikadu Tribal Housing Project and involved the construction of new all weather houses for the Kattanayakan tribe in Muttilmoola, who were living in very weakened and substandard housing conditions prior to this project.

Through the Muttilmoola Tribal Housing Project, seven secure new all weather houses were built, in place of the old huts, for the twenty-nine residents of the village. The project took place over sixteen days, and involved the efforts of fifteen Raleigh volunteers.

The new houses received a very warm welcome and a grateful reception by the tribal people of the Muttilmoola village, whose living conditions, day-to-day security and peace of mind, are now vastly improved, thanks for the project.

Eallamanna and Karathad Toilet Facility Project

The third project conducted in partnership with Raleigh India, was the Eallamanna and Karathad Toilet Facility Project, which was implemented in July 2009, working in the rural villages of Eallamanna and Karathad, in the Gudalur block of the Nilgiri District in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Prior to this project neither village had any toilet facilities, and instead people were forced to use nature, which posed a serious risk to health and sanitation, and also to hazards from wildlife.

Through the Eallamanna and Karathad Toilet Facility Project, twenty toilets were built in each of the two villages. The project took place over eighteen days, and involved the efforts of forty Raleigh volunteers from West Sussex University, with twenty volunteers working in each village.

These toilet facilities have greatly improved the health and sanitation conditions for the community members of Eallamanna and Karathad, and has enabled the villages to become stool-free environments.