25 School children supported through CORD Build-A-Future program along with their parents participated at CORD Ulavanoor Office for Pujya Gurudev’s Mahasamadhi Aradhana on 3rd August 2020.
Thanustan Tharmaraja was just 15 years when his father left him and his two sisters leaving their mother as a single parent and sole bread winner to struggle to support the family without any regular source of income. When CORD came across the family the mother was helped to start a livelihood project tailoring to earn some income to maintain the family.
Thanustan was almost dropping out of school when CORD extended the support to him and his two sisters who were in great difficulty to continue their studies. CORD enrolled Thanustan and a sister to its child sponsorship program. From Grade 9 onwards Thanustan received educational assistance to pursue his studies. He made the best use of the opportunity offered to him by CORD and today he is a proud undergraduate at Jaffna University following a degree in Mass Media and Psychology. We are genuinely proud of his achievement and wish him all success in his studies.
CORD initiated cashew processing facility at Paranthan provided employment to deserving women who face severe economic hardships during drought months where no agricultural activities are possible. The centre was able to provide employment to around 12-15 daily paid women and two permanent staff. In order to ensure highest quality and hygiene of the final product, all good manufacturing practices were adopted and processing activities are closely monitored. The final product is well accepted by the customers and demand is growing for the product. Further, CORD was able to pay a better farm gate price to the poor growers as well. Income generated from sales will be utilized to purchase raw nuts during the next season. The raw cashew nuts will be collected from the small time growers at a higher price to encourage the cultivation in the area.