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  Experience sharing visit of the PRDA staff
   
  In November 2007, 15 staff members of PRDA selected from among its Mirissa field office (10), Gampaha field office (2) and the head office (3) participated in an experience-sharing visit to Tamil Nadu and Kerala states in India. This visit was jointly supported by Actionaid Sri Lanka and PRDA. Actionaid Sri Lanka is a partner of PRDA since 2005. The visit was coordinated by the Actionaid office in Chennai. This programme facilitated visits to the following organizations, meetings and discussions and interviews with relevant groups.
 
   
1. PRAXIS, Nagarcoil –Women self-help groups, carrying out credit programmes and livelihoods and housing programmes.
2. TRUE, in Tirunelveli district –Self-help groups of men and women and their federations and the care-giver groups in their psychosocial programmes.
3. Visited another Actionaid partner in Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) district, working with excluded community groups.
4. Visited a partner organisation of Actionaid – This organization provides support for cashew processors to secure their fundamental rights, to organize themselves as community groups, to initiate savings and credit programmes and conducts education programmes for children of cashew processors and awareness creation programmes for parents and teachers.
5. Mithranikethan, Kerala - An organization established in 1956 in Kerala as an innovative education programme for empowering rural youth. ‘Education for Life’ is the key emphasis of Mithranikethan and aims at personality development of youth and children through teamwork, leadership training, vocational training etc. Mitranikethan is a residential community, engaged in a variety of educational activities. This campus is located on a 60 acre land and includes a nursery school, primary school, high school, people's college, rural technology centre, farm science centre, dairy unit, education research centre, indoor stadium, open stadium, library, open air auditorium, tea house, guest house, health centre, computer lab, silk weaving unit, fruit processing unit, tissue culture lab, biotechnology lab, water testing lab, hostels, staff quarters, vocational training workshops, marketing outlet and a bakery.
   
 
PRDA team in Nagarcoil, South India on their experience sharing visit
 
PRDA team interacting with fisher women in Kanya Kumari, South India
 on their community development experiences
 
PRDA team photographed with fisher folk in South India
 
   
 
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