Rural Developement Organisation (RDO) is a duly registered voluntary agency founded in 1999 and working for the betterment of the marginalized in Pudukkottai District of Tamilnadu. RDO is headed by an enthusiastic woman and is ably supported by Board comprising mostly of women members. Thus, the organization understands the problems of women, especially rural and works for their betterment.
Pudukkottai District was carved out of the erstwhile Trichy District. The district has no neither natural resource, nor surface water adequately and the region is semi-arid. Thus, the opportunities for employment are very limited and the percentage of people living Below Poverty line (BPL) is more acute than other districts. In Tamilnadu the driest district is considered to be Ramanathapuram and Pudukkottai is the closely second.
RDO is functioning in Arimalam, some 15 kms from Pudukkottai. Our main thrusts are children’s education, women empowerment, income generation and HIV/ AIDS awareness. As the initiation, we have facilitated the formation of Women SHGs in Arimalam, Avudaiyarkoil, Aranthangi and Manamelkudi blocks and implementing all thrusts every where and now RDO is one of the leading organizations in the district involved these activities.
In the aftermath of Tsunami, which hit the Coromandal coast on 26th December – 2004, RDO had involved with Disaster Mitigation works. Though the damage caused to 14 villages in this district and may not be vast when compared to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore, the misery of those affected is as severe and their condition is pathetic. As the overall damage was limited, the extent of support given to Pudukkottai district has also been very limited.
The affected people have to receive their just needs and they need to be empowered to put them back on the pre-tsunami levels.
In this scenario, RDO has been plying with best embracement to give the affected people in the costal villages a façade of relief. In RDO’s working blocks, Avudaiyarkoil and Manamelkudi blocks are costal areas on the Bay of Bengal and were highly affected by Tsunami.