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Kottapuram Integrated Development Society (KIDS)

Focus: Children and Youth, Disability, Women, Health, Livelihoods

BY focusing on women and their livelihoods in this coastal village largely dependent on fishing for a living, this organisation is changing lives in Kottapuram, Kerala, by making the community more self-reliant

Till date, Kottapuram Integrated Development Society (KIDS) have helped more than 35,000 women, including those with disabilities, find alternative sources of income.

Take 47-year-old Elsy Arackal, for example. Afflicted by polio as a child, she uses her hands to walk so her employment opportunities are limited. To make ends meet she used to roll beedis in a factory till she realised that it can cause cancer and quit.

Jobless Elsy would have starved were it not for KIDS giving her the opportunity to train and be employed by them as an artisan. That was three years ago.

Today, Elsy earns between ₹6,000 to ₹10,000 per month - weaving mats and baskets and making flowers from natural fibre - and has managed to buy herself a three-wheeled scooter modified to her needs.

Elsy is just one beneficiary of the multifaceted community interventions that have been carried out by KIDS since they started. Sadik, for instance, is one among more than 12,000 men who have also found a new lease of life thanks to this organisation.

Stricken by polio, deaf and mute Sadik was home-bound for 30 years before KIDS trained him like Elsy and gave him employment three years ago. Since then the 33-year-old has a monthly income of ₹6,000-7,000 - plus he has earned self-respect and dignity.

KIDS' other programmes include micro-finance, care of the elderly, welfare of children, fishermen and farmers, and healthcare - with a special focus on underprivileged cancer patients and their families.

This organisation has been working for 30 years to lift marginalised communities in the diocese of Kottapuram out of poverty and all the disadvantages that go with it. Give them your support.

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