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Updated: July 26, 2012 02:08 IST

Kulandei Francis’ visionary zeal fetches him the Magsaysay

R. Arivanantham
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Honour for Kulandei Francis’ developmental work in Tamil Nadu’s rural areas

“I never work for or expect any award.” This was the response of Kulandei Francis, who has been chosen for the Ramon Magsaysay Award for the year 2012, for economic empowerment of thousands of women and their families in rural India.

Mr. Francis, who had just been informed by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, told The Hindu that “it is a recognition of my hard and sincere work for over three decades for the development and livelihood improvement of the rural people in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts besides parts of Vellore district.”

Mr. Francis, Director of the Krishnagiri-based NGO Integrated Village Development Programme (IVD), thanked his staff and self-help members for their cooperation. “I could not have won such a prestigious award without them,” he said.

The Foundation said in the announcement that Mr. Kulandei Francis was being recognised for “his visionary zeal, his profound faith in community energies, and his sustained programmes in pursuing the holistic economic empowerment of thousands of women and their families in rural India.”

Founded 22 years ago, the IVDP was responsible for the formation of more than 7,000 self-help groups in the three districts. So far, the value of transactions through the SHGs was over Rs.2,500 crore and nearly Rs.250 crore lay with the accounts of the SHG members.

He was invited by foundation to receive the award at Manila on August 31. He would leave Krishnagiri on August 24 to receive the award, Mr Francis said.

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Hats Off to Mr.Kulandai Francis.It is indeed surprising to note that the
Media has not brought out the Noble Work of IVDP and Mr.Kualandai all
these years.Thanks to the Magsaysay Award,such great works are brought
to the limelight.I appeal to the Media to give adequate publicity to
such activities,which would inspire many others to contribute to their
work

from:  G Parthasarathy
Posted on: Jul 28, 2012 at 01:08 IST

Congrats !! Great job, the nation needs people like you !

from:  Ambika
Posted on: Jul 27, 2012 at 22:29 IST

we need more Franciss to help the poor in the villages who are suffering
a lot,hope and pray that Francis will try to help in other districts of
Tamilnadu by giving training to some volunteers who are interested to
help the poor people.

from:  l.s.mohandoss
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012 at 15:59 IST

Great Job! Congrats Kulandai!!

from:  Anu
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012 at 10:26 IST

Bravo Thambi !
More people like you are needed to show the way for the people to earn
their livelihood dignifiedly and unitedly. Congratulations.

from:  D.Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012 at 06:58 IST

Mr Kulandei Francis. Heartiest congratulations on the conferment of the Ramon
Magsaysay Award in recognition of the meritorious services rendered by you for the
emancipation of rural women. It is, indeed, a rare achievement and the entire
nation should be proud of you in this unique honour. The remarkable statement
that "I never work for nor expect any reward" is in the true spirit of a Karma Yogi
May you continue in your service for the noble cause you have undertaken during
your entire lifetime is my humble prayer.

from:  TSSREENIVASAN
Posted on: Jul 26, 2012 at 05:54 IST
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