Reaching the Unreached
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"My name is Kanniponnu. I am residing in South Street of Ayyampalayam. I am 23 years old. There are five members in my family. My husband's name is Picthaimani. His first wife ran away with another man leaving her two children to his acre. He married me. He was already an HIV/AIDS patient. He hid this fact from my parents before my marriage. Now he is not able to do any hard work. I am partially blind and so am unable to go for work. My mother-in-law is earning a meagre income  from picking waste paper from roadsides. We were living in a hut with much inconvenience. We requested RTU's assistance for a house. Now we are living in this house safely. We are also given a monthly assistance of Rs.500 under RTU's Home Sponsorship Scheme. We are living a happy life now. We are ever grateful to RTU for its timely assistance."
Rural Housing Programme
Depending on the availability of funds there is an ongoing programme of building specially designed brick-built, tiled-roofed houses at a cost of around £750 per house. There is a constant need in the villages for good, low-cost housing.  80 houses were built 2008, 282 in 2009, and 164 in 2010 (in 16 villages).
For the poorest villagers, palm-leaf huts are too often the only place that families can live and care for their children. These are insecure  and only last a year or so. They are too often shocking, inadequate and unworthy of human beings.
In October 2008, in the village of Pattiveeranpatti, 7 of these thatched houses were destroyed in a fire caused by an electricity power leakage. There was no government assistance available and the families approached RTU.  After surveying, RTU immediately built the houses; and also provided clothing and other assistance for the affected families.
Each house occupies 314 sq ft and is constructed on a concrete base. The window and door frames, and the door itself, are made from ferro-cement to avoid insect attack. The roof trusses are of steel for the same reason.  All the materials needed (apart from the trusses) are produced by the Cement Product Unit of RTU.
EARLY 2011. 50 houses have been completed in the village of Sulapuram, an hour's drive from RTU's base.. Brother James wrote of this village: "I have been building houses, and other things, since the end of 1950ís, most of the time replacing shockingly bad hovels. Still, 60 years later, I am appalled by the conditions in which families are forced to live. The most basic of shacks which can be demolished in half an hour are still to be seen in remote villages out of sight of most people. I still find myself standing in front of deplorable hovels and my heart sinks in dismay. If I could not stay in one of these wrecks for even one day why should a family with children be obliged to do so?"
Since the programme began, over 7800 houses have been built, including more than 60 entire villages. RTU houses are strong, durable, weather-proof and well designed, with the features rural dwellers want: a shady veranda, a living room and cooking area, and a washing area.
A unique feature of this programme is the participation of foreign volunteer groups. Besides monetary assistance they offer their labour for this programme. Volunteers from Britain made the programmes in each of the last few years a great success.  (These volunteers are provided and organised by Lasallian Developing World Projects, not by RTU-UK. Click here for more information.)

It only costs £750 to provide a life-changing house for a poor village family.

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