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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

We all aware of the fact that any opposition to Allopathic medical system that is a powerful medical giant would immediately suppress any upheavals against them with severe repercussions. Hence, we don’t propose any direct conflict through this project. We plan changes in an evolutionary way through these following techniques.  Gathering locally available home remedies and herbal Practices and systematically recording them  Scientifically proving their authenticity and effectiveness  Getting authorizations from Health Institutions & Govt. Departments  Promoting home remedies and herbal practices among people through education and training  Building self-confidence in people that they can heal 85% of diseases by themselves; 15% with a nurse and 5% through a doctor  Training local women as herbal guides to their villagers  Remunerating Herbal Guides  Propagating ‘Health care by people’; ’Home remedies; herbal plants and herbal medicines through media. We wish to use the participative leadership style through which:  Beneficiaries would increase their participation in organizational and financial responsibilities.  Project holders (NGOs) would decrease their organizational and financial responsibilities. People would increase their participation year by year and be independent from the sixth year. After discontinuing the partnership with GHR from the fourth year, COMFORD along with NGO collaborators would enjoy the equal partnership with beneficiaries. From the sixth year, we would replicate the project in new areas of Tamilnadu and enable new groups not only to enjoy a healthy living but also to handover their traditional home remedies and herbal practices to future generations.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

8000 interested rural persons from seven Districts of Tamilnadu, India who are:  Unaware of the Allopathic business code: ‘Pay the bills for the diagnosis, treatments and medication given’.  Frightened through false information about the dire outcome of diseases and the urgent need to undergo high cost treatment.  Enslaved to fall in line with the allopathic medical system and to give up herbal and home remedies;  Thrown into increased sufferings; financial insecurities; property losses; inability to fulfil educational and social needs of children; pre-matured deaths; and suicides.  Deprived of the age-old Government facility for free admission, diagnosis; treatments, medication etc.  Ignorant of their own home remedies and gave them up under the pretext of not having the magical immediate healing  Seeking magical immediate healing from pain and diseases  Forced to distrust herbal practices as unscientific and superstitious

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

My idea enables people: To lead and handle affairs by themselves. To be knowledgeable; skilled and capable to groom each other as:  Utilizers of locally available home remedies for ordinary ailments  Utilizers of herbal seeds, roots, stems, flowers, and fruit etc., for severe illnesses.  Preservers of herbal seeds, shrubs, plants, bushes and trees  Enablers of everyone to make and use traditional herbal medicines.. My idea is neither a free distribution to affected communities nor doing ordered jobs and submitting reports. By the end of the fifth year, people would be 100% responsible for their programs. NGOs would be either consultants or well-wishers. This is going to differ us from other Change agents. If you ask me the question: What would you do for finanance once the Project of GHR gets over? People would reply as: “Ask us. We would collectively decide and tell you what our course of future plans” would be. This process would be a successful one.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Full Scale Roll Out: I have already tested and scaled this idea significantly with the intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

We are 8 NGOs of Tamilnadu State, India collaborating with each other and promoting the p-e-o-p-l-e based health and herbal care among rural villagers for the past eight years.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

In the year 2010, when I was conducting health and herbal sessions in villages of Thoothukudi District, women were complaining of uncontrollable fever intermingled with joint paints and bleeding. I taught them to make Nilavembu decoction with locally available 9 herbal plants. As the viral fever was spreading to many villages, I had assisted 8 NGOs to prepare the Nilavembu packets; distributed it to 30000 persons and saved their lives. Seeing the success story, the Health Dept. had approved it.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Indian Allopathic Medical System in 70 years, though achieved Medical Monopoly, had failed to make people healthy. It had secretly turned the Allopathic System, a multi-national business industry. When NGOs were against the System’s secret Agenda, the Allopathic Medical System tried to control them through techniques of Suppression; Trend changing; Life threatening; Bribing; Modern Innovation and facilities. Though those Multi-faceted attacks of the Allopathic Medical System had crushed some efforts of NGOS and Social Groups, it did not succeed in closing those efforts of NGOs. As an alternative, NGOs had brought the new move: P-E-O-P-L-E PROCESS.  Pooling  Educating  Organizing  Powering  Locating  Enabling people to be alive and be masters of their own destiny. This P-E-O-P-L-E PROCESS was not to bring in commotion against the medical giant but to enable people to manage their health affairs by themselves by bringing their Heads, Hands and Hearts together.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

COMFORD TRUST will collaborate with NGOs and implement ‘P-E-O-P-L-E BASED HEALTH CARE’. Collaborators would be: Leena - AUSSI ; George - MBSG; Edwin M. John - VHAK; Antony Raj - MAGRES; Joseph Xavier - PAGE; Xavier - SIDT; Erskine -SPEECH; Kasturi -WWTC. They would groom villagers as:  Herbal Guides;  Managers of 80% diseases;  Herbal Skill trainers;  Educational motivators  Women herbal entrepreneurs  Bottom to top administrators The collaborative process would introduce:  Promotive Care through health education; nutrition; herbal programs  Preventive Care through Pregnancy Care; Mother and Child care; student care;  Curative Care through Hospital based diagnosis; treatments;  Specialized Care for referrals; seriously ill; accidents; chronic diseases; disabilities.  Bottom to top administrative care  Educational Care through Programs of awakening; motivating; enlightening; & responsibility-sharing. Recording, analyzing and publishing.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Jebamalaidass has worked in VHAI Delhi; MMH - Madurai; UNICREF – New Delhi; TNVHA – Chennai. We, COMFORD, SIDT, AUSSIE, MAGRES, WWTC, VHAK, SPEECH, MBSG, PAGE are:  Scholars in Sociology / Social leadership / Rural Development / Community Health / Herbal medicines  Networkers with National Organizations - VHAI - INSAF - CHAI - Avizhthem; NCK etc.  Workers in Orural / Coastal and tribal areas for 25 years  Founders of 2500 self-help groups; and 20 rural and tribal village schools.

Geographic Focus

Kanyakumari, Nellai, Thuthukudi, Virudhunagar, madurai, Dindigal, salem Districts -Tamilnadu INDIA

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The project is for five years. Three years would be with the partnership of GHR Foundation. From the 4th year, people’s representatives and NGOs would share responsibilities as given below. Years President Treasurer Member Secretary represented Advisors 1 COMFORD SIDT SPEECH VHAK Guna WWTC 2 COMFORD SIDT VHAK Guna Manikka MAGRES 3 COMFORD SIDT Guna Manikka Selvi PAGE 4 COMFORD Guna Manikka Selvi Albert SIDT 5 Guna Manikka Selvi Albert Rajesh COMFORD These names are figurative as examples

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Thanks Mr Jabamalaidass Arulsamy for your good project, am interested to join you since you have developed idea which is almost the same as mine.Let us develop our ideas into life.

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