Virutcham Magalir Munnetra Kalzangiam (VMMK)
wird verwaltet von Vijaya K.
Virutcham Magalir Munnetra Kalzangiam (VMMK-previously known as Virudhunagar Magalir Membattu Kazhagam) is a non-profit organization established by a group of socially concerned Women in the year 1997 and registered under the society’s act of Tamil Nadu. Secretary of VMMK Ms. K. Vijaya has been a long-standing social worker in the district and she heads the organization as a founder and is supported by a core and volunteer team who are from the communities it strives to serve. This includes young girls and boys in their youth and includes 30 of them in the staff from MSM community in different capacities. VMMK in implementing its projects collaborates with a wide range of institutions: other NGO’s in the district, CBO’s, Government Departments in the district and other civil society groups. It is this collaborative approach and the pool of external advisers/experts that VMMK has access to, have helped in quality delivery of its programmes and helped in it achieving the award for the best NGO in Tamil Nadu at the State Level for its contribution to women development from the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 2013. Secretary of VMMK serves in different capacities within the bodies constituted by the district administration such as the Child Help Line, Women Help Line, Eve Teasing Committee, Crime against Women, Consumer Rights Protection Committee and Free Legal Aid committee in the Magistrate Court at the district level and Vice president in National Council for labour (NCL)- a national level trade union.
Main focus of VMMK interventions are on women, Children, Transgender and MSM (Men Sex with Men) looking into their livelihood, access to welfare and protection of rights. VMMK has organized 169 women SHGs, 18 Transgender SHGs, 14 SHGs of disabled and 27 SHG’s of Men. VMMK organized about 20000 unorganized sector workers and help them establish a Trade Union. Besides VMMK has also organized about 900 MSM and 635 Transgender. 2100 Children of these workers are included in various Child welfare projects like, crèche, Education, Nutrition support, Eradication of Child Labour etc.
The vision and mission of VMMK reads as follows:
VMMK visualizes a society where the marginalized and the disadvantaged will be a force for their own socio-economic development.
Enabling marginalized and disadvantaged people to achieve Socio-Economic empowerment and have greater control over their lives and livelihood.
State: Tamil Nadu; District: Virudhunagar; Blocks: 11; Panchayat: 65; Working Villages: 180
More recently VMMK has commenced working in Odisha with the formation of ODI (Odisha Development Initiative) - a network of 22 small and emerging NGO’s in the state.
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