Kalvi Kendra was founded in 1982 with the objective of building a human society as a follow-up of building houses to the Dalits, the victims of a well-known communal clash that took place in Villupuram town in 1978. A team of altruistic minded youth, under the guidance of Rev.Fr. Claude D’Souza S.J., and the able Leadership of Mr. S. Chinnappan, joined hands and planned to render succour to the riot-hit people by initiating a programme called “Villupuram Housing Project” and restored roof for the victims with their participation.

The pro-active role played by this team in the social life of the Dalits gave them the realisation that rehabilitation should not be the end. The idea dawned on them was that only education could liberate the Dalits from all their bondages. The need for formalising the organisation was then well conceived and as a result of such a need-driven realisation and conviction, gave birth to KALVI KENDRA, a resource centre for education and development, at the grass-root level. It attained its legal status in the year 1988 when it was registered under the Indian Trust Act.

Today, Kalvi Kendra is a secular, non-profit, non-governmental voluntary organisation. It has transcended the arena of education and embraced all aspects of empowerment for the marginalized people in the region of Villupuram. Therefore, Kalvi Kendra has become a household name among the deprived sections in Tamil Nadu.

  Legal Status  
  • Registered in the year 1988 under the Indian Trust Act
• Exempted from Income Tax under Section 12A & 80G
• Registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act
  Vision & Mission  
  Vision: Kalvi Kendra envisions an egalitarian and just society where the marginalized take active participation in the process of development to get their due share with rights perspective.

Mission: Empowering the deprived sections through building a human society.
  Board of Trustees  

1. Rev. Fr. Claude D' Souza SJ

Founder, Chair person of Kalvi Kendra. He was the director of AICUF ( All India Catholic University Federation). He is a social thinker and scientist. He had promoted number of social action groups in Tamilnadu. He evolved a new concept called Cluster School Movement. He visualizes the meaningful spirituality through humanitarian services.

2. Mr.S.Chinnappan
A master degree holder in sociology. He is the founder secretary of Kalvi Kendra. He has been the managing trustee as well as CEO of the organisation. He has been working in development sector for the past 34 years. He was member in Strategy Cell of Tamilnadu Women Development self help groups. and also state level master trainer for SHG concept. He is recognised by the Government of Tamil Nadu as a resource-person over the “Self Help Group” concept. He has already been to South Africa to advise about community development through SHGs. He is also the editor of a well-known monthly magazine among women SHGs, “Muttram” (meaning “Courtyard”). It is edited at 2, 00,000 exemplairs in all Tamil Nadu and promotes information dissemination among SHGs members to give them a platform to share their experience.

3. Mr.G.Prakasa Raja

A Master degree holder in Sociology. He has been in the field of social development for the past 30 years. He is expert in monitoring and evaluation. He is also master trainer for SHG concept.


4. Mrs.Jyothi Amala

Master degree holder in History and Sociology. He had the experience of teaching in the school. She has been actively involved in women liberation. She has attended International Conference and meetings on women rights. She is also founder of a gross root NGO called WIDA.


5. Dr.A.C.H. Malini
A Medical Doctor who attended many International conferences on Health & Women’s right.

  Organisation Strategies  
  • Building rapport with the Target group
    Since Kalvi Kendra is working at the grass root level it is required to adopt the following methodology and approaches to establish a good rapport with the target population and the community.
    • Interactions with the people, community leaders.
    • Involving in solving their problems and issues,
    • Participating in their family and social functions,
    • Giving counselling and guidance as per the need of people.
    • Establishing Relationship with PRI, CBO’s.

  • Generating Awareness
    Awareness on socio, Economic, Education, political and cultural situations to the community is created through organizing seminars, workshops, meetings, cultural programmes etc.,
  • Forming & Strengthening People’s Organizations
    Organizing the target population and forming into people’s organization (CBOs, Associations, SHGs, Federations, Occupational groups in the community)
  • Identification and assessment of Problems and Needs
    • Collection of Information, problems and needs by using PRA tools.
    • Formulation of programmes in participatory manner.
    • Participatory joint appraisal of the community.  
  • Building Capacity of  the Target groups
    • Training for attitudinal change to break their mindset.
    • Imparting Trainings on Procedural aspects of the programmes formulated
    • Imparting required skills among the target population   (technical, managerial and cultural skills)

  • Facilitating and supporting the development activities of the target population 
    Supporting their Economic , Social and community development activities by way of providing information, linkages with various stakeholders, imparting training programmes, giving guidance and counselling with the appropriate experts.
  • Lobby and Advocacy
    Motivating the PRI and Peoples organization to Lobby with Govt. Departments for influencing the policies relevant to the development. 

Sustainability Strategy:

  • Training the target population on self administration (Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation)
  • Creating  apex bodies
  • Federations, consortium or resource centres at different level is created (Panchayat, Cluster, Block and District level)) for joint action, collective bargaining by the community.
  • Facilitating linkages
  • Facilitating the community and apex bodies to create linkages with different agencies for continuous and independent actions for their development.
  • Facilitating  to tap local resources( Private/Govt./Community) for financial self support
  Principles by Kalvi Kendra  
  Ensuring peoples’ participation
Mobilizing local resources
Collaboration with Govt departments
Developing Indicators of Sustainability
Motivation of Right Perspective
Cross Cutting Issues of Gender equity & Environmental aspects.
  Our Partnership  

Cordaid & Habitate for Humanity

Hand in Hand, SEEDS, ASK, Social Watch and LIC of India

  People whom we are working with  
Kalvi Kendra aims to empower women who are living below the poverty line inclusive of all caste, special focus is on Dalits, Children, People with disability and Vulnerable to disaster .
  Area of Operation  
  Kalvi kendra is working in 430 Villages and 3 town panchayats in Tamilnadu State & Pondicherry Union Territory.  
  Developement Approach  
  Since 1982, true to its name, Kalvi Kendra has been giving utmost importance to awareness education of its target group. 

For Kalvi Kendra, the concept of Education means:
  • Awareness building, non-formal, formal and informal
  • Human rights education, right-oriented education, development education
  • that drives a person to evolve and lead a goal-directed, social perspective life
  • that upholds human dignity in a holistic perspective and strives for the overall human development

The founding principle on which the community intervention programme of Kalvi Kendra is centred around is that “people should have access and control over the resources such as natural resources, institutions meant for the people, government schemes and programmes”.
Today, Kalvi Kendra gives a special focus for an egalitarian, gender sensitive and just society for women. It strongly believes that through proper orientation, training and direction, socio-economic empowerment of women could be achieved. 
Through its programme, Social status can be raised by:

  • Continuous awareness generation,
  • Supporting their aspirations and struggles  
  • Supporting social action programmes
  • Facilitating  grass root advocacy for policy changes

Economic improvement can be achieved by:

  • Increasing savings and thriftiness and keeping track records with financial institutions to prove the creditworthiness.
  • Awareness building on entrepreneurship development
  • Skill formation for economic activities and improving income-earning capacity
  • Linkages with financial institutions and insurance agencies to have continuous access to credit systems and risk cover respectively
  • Imparting managerial training programme
  Organogram of Kalvi Kendra  
  Team & Expertise  
Administrative staff: 5
Financial Staff: 4
Technical Staff : 7
Field Staff : 30

Our Advisors:
Dr.Vetrivel Ph.D
Dr. Mohan Nesa Muthu M.D
Dr.Prabahar Ph.D
Mr.Kasturi Rangan Rtd Dpty GM, NABARD

The Trustees, Staff are trained in the reputed training Institutions
AICUF - Chennai, State Resource Centre for Non Formal Education- Chennai, TNCDW - Chennai, NIRD - Hyderabad, SIRD - Maraimalainagar, Agri University - Coimbatore,Vishwa Yuva Kendra - New Delhi, ASK - New Delhi,  ISI - Bangalore, IIRR - Phillipines & Gujarat, Habitat for Humanity - Philippines, Govt of Malaysia, DANIDA - Denmark, Helpage - Ethiopia.

Training programmes Undergone:
Social Analysis, Non formal and adult education, SHG concept, Community Development, Poverty reduction programmes, Panchayat Raj Institution, NGO Management, Micro Finance Management, Organizational Scanning, Disaster Risk Reduction,  Housing, Water and Sanitation, Livelihood Protection, Water Shed Management.