My experience as a volunteer at RIDE

Sibylle, our French volunteer, is leaving RIDE to start a trip in Kernataka and Kerala. You will find bellow her feedback about her experience at RIDE.

” I stayed two weeks as a volunteer at RIDE office. During that time, I had the chance to understand RIDE’s priorities and key actions and see how my competencies could match with their needs. I realized I could help them through marketing and communication skills.

Working for RIDE is being flexible about the schedule as we face in India several electricity cuts every day (which is surprising at the beginning!). In between work office sessions, Jeyaraj took me everywhere : I visited several schools and villages and had the chance to meet with kids, teachers and key project coordinators. It was very interesting for me to see how Jey works with local NGO’s and how he manages so many different projects (children labor, women’s rights, self help groups, microcredit projects ..etc)

Being a volunteer at RIDE is also a amazing chance to understand and see the Indian culture from a daily life perspective. As I stayed at Jeyaraj and Britto’s house, I really felt like a new family member. They go out of their way to feel at home, safe and throughly looked after.

I cannot thank them enough for their kindness. I had a wonderful time !”

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Art exhibition in the village of Sevilmedu

Last week, was the 6th edition of the Education Exhibition in RIDE Rural School in the village of Sevilmedu.

For a week, kids, parents and teachers run an Art Exhibition inspired by school books. It was a way to develop kids creativity, to do team work and most of all, to learn about sciences, history, geography, Tamil culture.. etc. with a lot of fun!

Kids were showing with pride their creation!


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Students @ RIDE – Loyola College Chennai

As part of our outreach program, 150 students from Loyola College Chennai are going to visit RIDE in November this year. The event will be held in two batches at 70 to 80 students each staying for one week. They are going to visit the RIDE Education Center in Arpakam and surrounding villages. After a presentation about the RIDE program, given by RIDE director Mr. S. Jeyaraj, the students will gain essential knowledge about village life. Thereafter, a model game about village infrastructure and facilities will be prepared in groups. As students play an important role in future India, RIDE looks forward to offer this program hereby spreading its message about “Education to Empower”.

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RIDE – Supporting Orphanages and Disabled


Thanks for the support of people do help for our innovative programs to the poor and needy children; who are neglected by parents or by single mothers.  We are not able to continue of home for children in RIDE campus. Due to various reasons including Government Norms we closed it and helping some good orphanages who are suffering of lack of resources. This is our good steps to save children and do some close watch up on their performances.  The children belong to southern state of Tamilnadu, Andhra and neighbouring villages. Food will be provided three times a day  as well as a sleeping place and some basic materials. We are doing this service from the year 2014 and like       to continue for next coming years.

The financial resources for realizing this project have been partly raised through the “Love to Learn 300″ project at Thanks again to all donors who have made it possible to improve the living conditions of some of the needy children. As there have been currently LIONS CLUB and few donors helping this project we would like to encourage you to help RIDE to help small orphanages and NGOs who are concern about children. Every small  donations  welcome.

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A Milk Business has growing to a Success Story

Ms. Kuppamal and the Self-Help-Group ladies from Musaravakkam

Around 10 years back RIDE has started a pilot project with its first Self Help Groups (SHG) in the village Musaravakkam not far from Kanchipuram. We have organized meetings, educated the women and empower them to form units and found their own businesses within a Self Help Group Business. Now Musaravakkam has about 4,000 inhabitants and about 45 of them are organized into 35 self dependent and sustainable SHGs.

One of the most successful SHGs are running a milk business unit and is coordinated by Ms. Kuppamal. This 65 year old resolute lady and mother of 3 sons is also responsible as the SHG leader. With the help of RIDE Ms. Kuppamal has been educated in fields of agriculture and project management. So her SHG could become as one of the most successful projects within the RIDE women empowerment program.

Together the village women were able to buy qualitative milk cows which give around 10 liters of milk per day. A part of the fresh milk is offered to the Musaravakkam village people. The other milk is been supplied to a government milk farm in Chennai. The earned money is going to be invested by the women into their family’s income, house keeping and new farm machines for their agricultures.

Recently these hard working people were selected by the NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) as an excellent society. For their success the bank are going to commend them with an extra financial support. RIDE is very proud of this SHG as these people could transfer our mission “Educate to Empower” in this great way.

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Students @ RIDE – from different colleges

students from various colleges are coming regularly for their internship with us/ Some are from other countries and mostly from local colleges.

RIDE is doing this service  completely with out any charge directly or indirectly. We hope they may do more for the society in future.

The simple way is to call us over phone 9443368393 and fixed the time and work.

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Success Story of Mohana, a released child labor

Every month Ms. Kasthuri (53) from Kanchipuram comes to the RIDE office to pay back the loan she and her family once received with the help of RIDE. The support of RIDE came at the right time for Ms. Kasthuri and helped to change the future path of her daughters.

Ms. Kasthuri comes from a family of weavers, weaving the Silk Sarees for which Kanchipuram is so famous. In the 1990. RIDE published a survey reporting that over 40,000 children were working in the weaving industries in and around Kanchipuram. It was then RIDE director S. Jeyaraj and his wife Britto who went to visit weaver families to try to convince them to send their children to school, rather than allowing them to work. RIDE argued that education can turn to sustainable improvements of life conditions. In addition RIDE offered a loan program to those families who cooperated, to compensate the loss of income, help pay off their debts and be used towards school fees and expenses.

Ms. Kasthuri’s daughter Mohana (now aged 25) is one of these released children. This is her story: Unfortunately, Mohana failed in the 6th Standard (class) at the age of 11. Her mother, Ms. Kasthuri, who has 3rd Standard
degree herself, and her family decided to take their daughter out of school so that she could contribute to the family’s income. She took up the role of supporting her parents as they weave, sitting under the loom for hours at a time.

One day RIDE came to the family’s house and told Mohana and her parents how important good education is, especially for a girl. The argument of a long-term success of her daughter’s education and the possibility to receive a loan convinced Ms. Kasthuri and her husband to send their daughter back to school.

After 2 years in child labor, Mohana went back to the government school and finished 12th Standard. Recently she was able to achieve her degree in Bachelor of Computer Science. Ms. Kasthuri believes that the successful education of her daughter is a direct consequence of RIDE’s effort in child labor eradication.

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RIDE celebrating Gandhi Jayanti

On October 2nd, RIDE is going to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti festival at Sevilimedu village of Kanchipuram municipality. As this annual festival is dedicated to the life and work of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi it is held under the slogan “Non-violence is the key”. Trying to solve problems by showing violent behaviour will definitely lead to even more worse conditions. This has always been a key factor in Mahatma Gandhi’s life. In the evening there will be a folk theater featuring a stage, lights and music dealing with the above mentioned thoughts and ideas. The event is open for everybody. The fundraising process for the event is still on-going. Being a member of the Sarvodaya International Trust, RIDE hopes to carry out the event with the help of this fellow NGO.

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International Day of the Girl Child with RIDE on Oct. 11th!

Playing outsideThe UN has declared October 11th as International Day of the Girl Child this year. In partnership with the Asian Girls Campain initiated by The Garden of Hope Foundation, RIDE is going to celebrate this day. Accordingly to the message “Empower Girls. Empower the World.” RIDE is running successful programs in female empowerent for over 20 years now. Strengthen the girls’ rights is one of the key factors to built up a self-confident Indian society.

At the moment we are planning meetings and seminars at schools as well as some cultural program. This will be presented in the five different Tamil Nadu districts of Kanchipuram, Vellore, Tirumvanamalei, Tiruvallur and Villupuram. Further information coming soon on our website and Facebook page.

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RIDE picture postcards available

Thanks to former volunteer Emma McGinn, we are now able to offer picture postcards documenting RIDE’s every-day work, e.g. children at RIDE schools, scenes from our women empowerement program and rural Kanchipuram. With just 15 Rs per card, you can support the RIDE mission. For the time being, the postcards can be purchased at the RIDE office in Kanchipuram but we might sell them through a webshop in future. Nevertheless, if you would like to purchase some cards now, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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