Regular Activity

Self Help Groups
Self help group is a small voluntary association of poor people, preferably from the same socio-economic background .They come together for the purpose of solving their common problems through self-help and mutual help. The SHG promotes small savings among its SHG groups have members and they are given a reasonable interest.

SHG’s are primary groups of TMS members. At present there are 120 SHG’s and the total membership of TMS is 2952. Each sanghams has six member committee including a president and a secretary who control and lead the activities of the sangham. This year 672 sangham meetings were held of which 7 meetings were called specially in the TMS Office.

Counselling is a unique, one-to-one relationship between two people who agree to meet privately and regularly for a period of time with the aim of restoring emotional well-being to the client. The people at the coastal area face lots of emotional and psychological problems specially the youth and married couple. Many children in the coastal area are addicted to different kinds of drugs and many families have marital

problems realizing a high demand on counselling our organization has designed a new counselling programme. Through this programme we provide counselling for all types of people in kollam costal area. We have counselling programme from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.for booking and more details contact FCDP-TMS office.

Production unit
FCDP-TMS have three different production units. The purpose of these production units are to give employment for the women at costal area and to provide healthy and hygienic product to the customers. At present we have MASALA PRODUCTION UNIT, HOME CARE PRODUCTION UNIT, TAILORING UNIT. All the three units are supervised by FCDP-TMS staff and the workers are from the SHG groups. The products are made and distributed by the SHG members.

Awareness programmes
Awareness programmes are designed to provide certain kind of information to the public to know their surroundings and current situation. The people at the coastal area are minimally educated and they are exploited in many ways so social awareness programmes among the folks are very much important. FCDP-TMS are organizing different awareness programmes on regular intervals on different topics. Through the right intervention and awareness our organization is changing the face of fisher folks.

Skill training programme
FCDP-TMS conduct different kinds of skill training on every month for its SHG members. The ultimate aim of skill training is to improve the skills and knowledge of SHG the members and prepare them to start different types of income generating programmes and slowly increase the living standard of the fisher folk.

Small Saving Scheme
Small saving scheme was initiated with the aim of creating a habit of saving among the members. These savings could be withdrawn by them at any time for their family and other requirements. Moreover, all the repayments are through these daily savings. The 120 SHG’s are grouped into 14 sections and each of the sections which have three or four sanghams are looked after by one field staff who visits the homes of each sangham member every day to collect their savings. This also helps to keep in touch with every member every day and ensure their full participation in all activities and know their needs and concerns. During this period Rs.7867655.00 was collected as savings of which Rs.7855301.00 was withdrawn by the members.

Fixed Saving Scheme
The daily savings are often withdrawn by the members for their various needs as well as for the repayment of advances. Hence little balance was left as their savings which could not be utilized for any long-term or emergency expenses. So TMS has introduced a Fixed saving scheme which allows the withdrawal of such savings only after a period of three years. This also helps TMS to have more rolling capital that is required for credit Union, SESS and other economic programmes. At present there are 312 members in this scheme and the amount collected from them during this period is Rs.212865.00

Credit Union
Credit Union is a project to avail loans to the members for their family needs and for starting some self employment activities. Loans are given up to the tone of Rs. 2000.00 to 10,000.00 of which 25% has to be their share of contribution. At present there are 1835 members in the credit union project. These loans have to be repaid in monthly installments within a period of 18 months. Those who repay the loan completely at any time can avail the loan immediately without any delay. This year 67 new members were given credit union loans. All together 393 members availed the loans during this period

Tailoring Unit
This is the garment making unit of TMS functioning in Don Bosco Welfare Centre. There are 7 members of TMS engaged in this unit for making and marketing garments for women such as Nighties, Chooridars, Skirts, School uniforms, Midi-Set, Frocks etc. These products are also bought by the TMS members and exhibition and sales are conducted throughout the year in different places on important feasts and festivals. This section is managed and monitored by a five member committee.

General Clinics
1. Register new and repeated patients visiting the clinic and maintain the register.
2. Doctors present in the OPD of the centre in all working days and see all the patients visiting the clinic.
3. Providing medicines and doing investigation based on the sickness.
4. Refers the patients to Bishop Benziger Hospital in case of emergency and complications.

Domestic Budgeting Programme (DBP)
This is a programme to supply the household provisions to the family of the members on an advance basis. The members of this programme can purchase provisions from TMS provision Store. At present there are 60 members in DBP. The repayment is made through the daily savings.

TMS Bakery
This is another income and employment generation programme of TMS. Four members are employed in this unit. Bakery items are made and supplied for tea party etc. and also sold to the public. A six member committee is monitoring and controlling its functioning. With the active cooperation of the members and well wishers this unit is functioning well.

Self Employment Support Scheme (SESS)
Over 450 members of TMS are fish vendors who sell fish in the markets or go from house to house selling fish to make a livelihood. They rely on the money lenders who charge exorbitant interest, for the initial investment. To free them from the clutches of the money lender to an extent and to support them with credit facilities, TMS started the Self- Employment Support Scheme. During this year 65 members were given these loans. All the members engaged in fish vending are requesting the loans but we are unable to meet the requests due to limitation of funds. All the members who benefited from this scheme are actively cooperating by making the repayment regularly as per the rules of the scheme.

Public Telephone Booth
TMS started a public Telephone Booth in Don Bosco Welfare Centre at Pallithottam. This is a great help for the people especially the women of the coastal area living around. This is also helping TMS to generate income and employment.

Diabetic clinic
1. Check blood and urine sugar regularly.
2. Check for any diabetic complication injuries.
3. Dietary recommendation
4. Insulin injection
5. Teaching self-administration of insulin & urine testing for sugar for the patients

General functions of CHC
1. Medical care
2. Mother and Child Health Care (MCH) including family planning
3. Safe water supply and basic sanitation
4. Prevention and control of locally endemic diseases.
5. Collection and reporting of vital statistics
6. Education about health
7. National health programme as relevant
8. Referral services
9. Basic laboratory services

Antenatal (Prenatal) day
1. Mother assessed for
• General health, BP, urine testing, weight, abdominal palpitation, foetal heart rate.
2. Providing TT injection & supplement folic acid, iron, calcium & vitamin tablets
3. Conducting Health education on:
• General health, hygiene, nutrition, rest & sleep, activity – domestic & sexual, regular check-up, exercises, family planning, spacing, mother craft, confinement, baby care & breast feeding, etc.
4. Prepare mother for any emergency.
5. Categories high-risk pregnancy – Refer.

Well baby clinic
1. Usually for children under five
2. For growth monitoring and charting
3. Other overall growth parameters are assessed like speech, social development, fine and gross motor development, cognitive etc. (by DDST scale)
4. Any deviation from normal is handled accordingly or refer
5. Immunization and supplementation
6. Health education on breast feeding, complementary feeding, prevention of respiratory infection, diarrhoeal diseases, malnutrition, accidents etc.
7. Care of sick children
8. providing supplements

Home Visit
1. Doctor continues the clinic in center & few students may be posted here
2. Other students go for home visits along with the teacher or community worker.
3. During home visits
• Observes sanitation of house and surroundings
• Checks all members of the family for any ailments
• Carries out procedures as and when needed
• Gives health education as per the felt need
• In case of a need does follow-up
• Refers to center on any particular day as per the need

Progress of the project will be documented and reports such as quarterly, annual and final evaluation reports will be made available. The project will be evaluated during the execution as well as at the end of it. Internal evaluation will be conducted by FCDP as an ongoing process. At the end of the project the impact will be evaluated and the results will be used for further planning.