Province of Chennai
Province of Chennai

KAVASAM, Mangalapuram

Status : House
Foundation : 1998
Diocese : Archdiocese of Pondicherry – Cuddalore
Specific Apostolate : Education, Health & Development Apostolates

KAVASAM is one of the communities of Claretian Missionaries, located in Mangalapuram village on the main road connecting Viluppuram and thiruvannamalai. It is 20 Km away from Viluppuram.

This missionary community was established with the view to promote social inclusion of the poor, dialogue, peace, justice, and the defence of the integrity of creation, that it is a joyful witness of Kingdom of God. In view of reaching the poor, the community has developed the following activities:

Education help to the poor

  • A hostel for the poor scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, and backward caste (known as Dalits) students is run with the approval of the Villupuram District administration. Around 40 students are staying in the hostel and do their school studies in the near villages of Kakkanur and Othiyathur.
  • Financial support for around 20 poor students to pursue their higher studies, who are mostly from the nearby villages.
  • Summer residential courses for the Primitive Irular Children for a period of twenty days in collaboration with the Primitive Irular Protective Front. Around 120 students participate in it every year.
  • Sponsored child programme with the help of the organization called IIHD from Chingelput is arranged for 40 students.

Foot reflexology and Alternative medicine

  • Foot reflexology treatment is given on three days in a week. Around 150 patients get treated in a week.
  • Foot reflexology course is given to people whenever there is a need.
  • Siddha Herbal medicine is promoted.

Housing for the poor

  • Primitive Irular people are supported to construct the government given houses.
  • Financial assistance is given to families who have lost their houses in accidents.

Standing with the Marginalised:

Human right activities are carried out in collaboration with Primitive Irular Protective Front.

Women Empowerment Project

Women empowerment programmes are organised among Primitive Irular people. They are helped to empower themselves economically through projects like cement block making.