The context

Despite its thriving economic development, India faces many difficulties to ensure human development and particularly, to take up the challenges of fighting against poverty. The rural population is most affected.

In order to allow everyone to own their home, the Indian government has offered every household a plot of land. However, owing to a lack of resources, people usually build an unsteady hut very sensitive to rough climatic conditions.

Likewise, the villages are often short of schools or classrooms, or decent sanitary infrastructures.

It is in this context that the students of the ICHEC Housing project intervene.

The development project

The participants, divided into small teams, each in a separate village, will finance and help to build several houses for poor households in Tamil Nadu - (Southern India). In some villages or towns, they will help to build classrooms or sanitary buildings, according to the local needs. They will work during 3 weeks on a building site with Indian workmen from various building trades. This experience will also allow them to live according to the rhythm of a southern Indian village. . 

The partners

Our first and earliest partner is the Bishop of Salem, who launched a project to build houses or schools for impoverished households, in the framework of his diocese.

Our second Indian partner is Mr.Govindaraju, director of the Indian NGO Sevaï, in Trichy. This NGO works for community development in 250 villages (agriculture, microcredit, schools, etc.). This center and its director are Hindus.

We also work with a Christian nun, Sr Annamary, in Tirunelveni. There, as well, the project consists in building houses for poor households or schools.

Our latest partner is Mr. Rajagopal Doria Raja, director of Kodaikanal Wilderness Club, which manages activities linked to improving living conditions of rural populations in the region of Kodaikanal.

These are the partners who organize the building sites and take care of accommodation and logistics for the participants during their stay. In return, the students finance and help to build the houses or schools.

Every day, the students also have the opportunity to meet the local population (families, children) and discover their way of living and of thinking.