NGO: Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS)


Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS) was set up to empower the rural poor, by providing them educational, social development and humanitarian services. SVRDS works in the rural parts of Tamil Nadu, where people are extremely poor, and also suffer from high rates of malnutrition, illiteracy, unemployment and perpetual cycle of poverty.

IDRF Partner Since: 1996

Focus Area(s): Eco-friendly Development, Health, and Disaster Rehabilitation

Location: Tamil Nadu

Project Title: Village Ponds Desilting Program and Village Energy Program


IDRF has started a project in partnership with Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS) to desilt ponds(removal of bed-sand, weeds, and debris) in the villages of Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts. These ponds have been choked with silt and weeds as a result of annual flooding over the years. This has contaminated the water and made it unsuitable for human consumption and other household needs. The thick layers of silt have also reduced the storage capacity of these ponds.

These village ponds are about 0.4 to 0.8 acres in size and benefit about 5,000 to 9,000 people each. The villagers help in the desilting process by providing manual labor and it takes about 7 to 18 days to desilt one pond. The mud and debris removed from the ponds are used to strengthen the pond-bunds and plant tree saplings. Once desilted the ponds collect water through Rainwater Harvesting during the rainy season.

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A pond has been desilted in Maduramangalam village in Kancheepuram, where the entire community participated and the work took only 8 days to complete. 5,500+ people from this village and other nearby villages have benefited from this pond as water starts to collect in it.

Villagers participated enthusiastically by offering manual labor

Pond desilting program information session with villagers in Ramalingapuram