CAUVERI seeks to creatively address and uphold the cause and dignity of the poor and the emarginated dalits, especially the young people and women.
Coordinated Action for Urban Village Empowerment and Resource Identification, CAUVERI is Registered under Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 27 of 1975, Regd. No.: TRY/2001/281, dated 19.12.2001, and based in the Provincial House, Kallukuzhy, Trichy. It has the Provincial as its legal and juridical representative, and the Secretary of the Province as the representative of the Development Office (DO).
It is responsible for all the socio-economic development programs and activities in the province. The DO does the strategic planning related to the socio-economic development activities leading to the development policy of the province. The DO is involved in 20 districts in the southern part of Tamil Nadu. It acts as the go-between the Province and the Donor Agencies, at least where it is demanded.
CAUVERI is a Development Office that bridges the gap between the need and the development. CAUVERI with two decades of professional experience has helped majority of the houses in the Province to do Strategic planning and to evolve development projects and programmes for their innovative and creative ministry. It is a firm belief that sustainable development cannot occur without good planning and an understanding of the needs of the target group. Development does not mean only to the economic growth. “Most writers on development come up with a set of similar developmental goals including reduction of poverty, increased economic welfare, improved health and education and increased political and social freedom. Development can then be defined as a movement in the direction of these developmental goals”.
When the Chennai Salesian Province was bifurcated to form Tiruchy Province, Cauveri was started as the social and Development Wing of the Province by Fr. Arul Maran who assumed responsibility as its first Director and coined the name “Cauveri” with the expansion namely “Coordinated Action for Urban, Village Empowerment and Resource Idendification”. The Vision, Mission and strategies of Cauveri was formulated and the office was functioning with one staff.
Rice and Dall was procured from the European Union and was distributed to the many houses and Boarding homes in the Province. It was a great help for the Boardings where hundreds of boys were being catered to. The financial burden for the various houses were reduced to a great extent. During these years Fr. Arul Maran conducted various trainings in OOIP (Objective Oriented Intervention Planning) with the help of South Research and DMOS COMIDE for the leaders and some like minded salesians in the Province.
Fr. Amala Joseph assumed the responsibility as the Director of Cauveri. He headed the initiative of doing Strategic Planning for all the Salesian houses in the Province which was initiated by Fr. Arul Maran. National level meeting of all the Development offices was held during the year which focused on Networking to a great extent.
Fr. Arul Maran assumed responsibility as the Director once again as Fr. Amala Joseph went for his studies abroad. Programme Project funded by Dmos Comide was started and was spearheaded by Fr. Arul Maran. This was a mega project for five years covering number of houses in the Province. Women SHGs were started and given a thrust in the Province. Technical Training centres were helped to offer quality training. A building for Vazhikatti – Career guidance and job placement centre was put up.
Cauveri played a vital role in rendering Relief services for the great disaster ‘tsunami’ that struck the coasts of Tamil Nadu on 26 December 2004.
Various works like distribution of Fibre Boats, Emergency Relief materials, clothes, Food and basic materials were carried out efficiently. Vocational training was provided to the youth of the coastal areas.
Fr. Thamburaj was appointed as the Director of Cauveri. During his time the Eco Clubs were started in many houses in the Province. A special vocational training project was initiated for the Sri Lankan Refugee women living in the Refugee camps in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu. This gave dignity and livelihood for the unfortunate women in the refugee camps.
Fr. Ricopar Royan assumed responsibility as the Director of Cauveri. During his tenure he revived the Eco Clubs and formed many more clubs and took the clubs to the next level and involved the community in Eco Initiatives. The ten points programme regarding Eco initiatives was formulated and taken to all the salesian communities. Eco Exhibition and Books on Eco Concerns were some of the great initiatives.
Fr. Arul Maran once again was appointed as the Director of Cauveri. Cauveri was given a new Logo and a new Website was launched to reach many donors and development partners.