SEEDS is registered Voluntary organisation working for the welfare and development of women, children and farmers in Tamilnadu state, India.
Social Education Economical Development Society (SEEDS) is a non-profit society promoted by Mr. S.D. Pandian, a Sarvodaya Worker who had associated himself with Sarvodaya Movement of Achyarya Vinoba Bhave for nearly a decade. It is to be noted that both his father and grandfather were also Sarvodaya Workers and played active roles in the Sarvodaya Movement. With his rich experience in the Gandhian ideals and principles, he initiated development activities with the help of like-minded individuals in the surroundings of Aruppukottai, Tiruchuli and Kariyapatti Blocks. This initiative of Mr. Pandian gave legal birth of a society under the name and style, “Social Education Economical Development Society” (SEEDS)in the year 1995 under the Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975.
The mandate of the organization is to enable marginalized and disadvantaged rural women to achieve their socio-economic development through a process of organization and participation, and promoting child centered development. In pursuant to this end, SEEDS has been reaching out to more than 60,000 families in hundreds of villages in Virudhunagar, Ramnad and Thuthukudi Districts of Tamilnadu through implementation of different programmes supported by state and central Government and Foreign Funding Agencies and NABARD and other commercial banks and financial inclusion etc.
SEEDS at Glance
No.of Villages -178
No.of Village Panchayat - 134
No.of Blocks - 7
No.of District covered - 4
Experience in Development Sector -20 years
No.of SHGs - 850
No.of Families covered under various
intervention activities - 60000
‘’SEEDS envisages, a society, where poor and marginalized women are socially,economically developed with environmental consciousness and gender equity; and the children enjoy their childhood’’
‘’Enabling the poor and marginalized families by organizing themselves, and facilitatingtheir empowerment process to achieve their socio economic development through a process of organization, institution building, and effective participation’’
Documentation, Reporting, Agriculture value chain study, web site creation, crowd fund raising, online fund raising, Blogs.
Meals: We provide South Indian Vegetable meals for 3 times per day with tea and snacks
Accommodation: Accommodation will be provide at our office premises or in our Field office
Meals expenses : 100 USD for 30 days per head
Accommodation : Free of cost due to our office premises is utilised
We need the volunteer services on the above said 6 tasks. We will give needful information time to time for updating the above tasks. Mostly we need services on Research in rain fed agriculture and grant writing for rain fed agriculture development and betterment of small and marginal farmers.
Major Interventions/Activities of SEEDS:
Reaching 60000 Peoples who involved through SHGs Movement, unorganised women labour trade union, Farmers Producers organizations and financial inclusion.
Undertaking Watershed Program under NABARD in two panchayat-Alagiyanallur, Nandikundu over five villages covering about 600 farmers in 1170 hectares of land
SEEDS got a Empanelment as a Producer organization Promoting Institution (POPI) (POPI) to cover three districts by NABARD. With this recognition we have formed 4 FPOs in Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram and Thothukudi districts with 3150 farmer members.
Also SEEDS has been empanelled as a Resource Institution (RI) by Tamilnadu Small Farmers Agriculture Consortium (TNSFAC) for promoting Farmers Producing Companies. Under this authorization SEEDS has formed and promoted 3 FPOs in Virudhunagar and Madurai districts with 1700 farmer members.
Empowering elected women representative in associating with The Hunger Project (THP) in 4 blocks in Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram districts
Running Customer Service Points in association with State Bank of India at 49 villages in 3 blocks since 2011
Rural Distributor by TATA Global Beverages limited – Promotion of Tea sales in 15 Districts in Tamil Nadu
Poverty reduction through SHGs Micro Credit Programme with govt and other financial institutions.
Empowerment of women artisans in hand embroidery associated with ministry of Handicraft, Government .of India.
School support programme under Give India project
Participated National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) project under PEACE Trust and Ministry of Environment and Forest, Newdelhi.