Nalamdana, meaning “Are you well?” in Tamil, is a non-profit organization based in Chennai, South India
They use innovative communication methods to provide knowledge about health to semi literate and illiterate audiences.
Response-driven participatory street theatre, interactive games and puzzles, audio and video cassettes, tele films, small group workshops, and television serials are some of the creative and innovative ways in which they reach out to people in a way that has been shown to have maximum message retention and seems to actually facilitate behaviour change.
I have been associated with Nalamdana since its inception in 1993 as a resource person for art craft and creative inputs. From 2009 through 2011 I joined the organisation as an employee, working with the adolescent girls and children’s health and empowerment programs.
The Nalamdana Youth Education and Leadership Program is very dear to me, and having seen so many of the recipients of this scholarship, who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, develop with the aid of this program into committed, responsible and independent citizens with leadership qualities and a generosity that has inspired many of them to give back in various ways to Nalamdana after they have made a success of their own lives, makes me feel that this a good working model for building a strong and responsible future generation for our country.
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