Scad (Social change & development) is huge.. It was started by a man named Cletus Babu around 26 years ago and has developed into a project that provides support to the population through a large variety of means.
Scad is all about helping communities to help themselves, and education is a large part of this. We're on a 250 acre campus that provides education for around 8,000 students; with 3,500 living on site. There is a primary school located just near our accommodation that also educates the moderately/severely physically and mentally disabled (referred to as differently abled). This is complete with a stimulus room, physiotherapy room, orthotics equipment etc.
It's difficult to remember the huge number of ways that Scad supports people. There is a large scholarship and student loan system in place. They have set up an open village for gypsies to come and go, providing them with education and health care. There's a leprosy village complete with an on-site nurse for 35 families. Older people, who are often abandoned by families, are provided with a source of money and food. The salt pan workers in the area have been given support to have their employers provide them with better working conditions. There is a drive for tree planting, with the campus having a huge organic garden.. All over the area you see the Scad logo on building work and community projects..To say that it is a revolution in this part of India would not be an understatement.
(Much of Scad is funded by the education fees from students. Fees are determined according to the students' financial situation. The rest of scad is funded by charity, with UK charity 'Salt of the earth' being the main one).