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Moving on

ATRRP has been involved in relief and rehabilitation work since the tsunami hit in December, 2004.
Now, two years after, it is time to move on. We have officially concluded all relief and rehabilitation work.
From here on, we will focus all our efforts on long term sustainable development projects for communities in the coastal area of Auroville.


In order to represent  this shift,  the Auroville Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation Project (ATRRP) has changed its name to Auroville Coastal-area Development Centre (ACDC).

ATRRP has been involved in relief and rehabilitation work since the tsunami hit in December, 2004. Initially, our projects focused on the communities that were directly affected by the tsunami. Over time, however, we have begun to target other populations as well. Our programme has gradually widened from tsunami relief and rehabilitation activities to overall development work.

At this time, almost two years after the tsunami hit, we officially conclude all relief and rehabilitation work. From here on, we will focus all our efforts on long term sustainable development projects for communities in the coastal area of Auroville. Our name change represents that shift.

This shift is occurring all over Tamil Nadu in government and non-government agencies alike. As Mr. C.V. Shankar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at Relief Commissioner's office, Government of Tamil Nadu, said recently: “Now we are at a turning point in moving from relief and rehabilitation to more long term and sustainable development of the affected areas and their populations and in reducing risks for future disasters.”

Please note that the term “Coastal-area” in our new name refers to the region surrounding Auroville, extending far beyond the actual coastline, approximately 30 kilometers inland. The area we cover is situated in Villupuram district (a coastal district) and includes Vanur and Marakkanam blocks. However, our Knowledge Resource Centre reaches out to NGOs and communities beyond Villupuram district and supports groups and Government institutions all along the coast.

Our programme of activities includes:

• Livelihood
• Environment
• Capacity Building
• Microfinance
• Knowledge Sector and NGO Coordination
• Shelter and Infrastructure

The Auroville Coastal-area Development Centre (ACDC) with the Village Action Group (AVAG) form “Village Action”, which is a unit under Auroville Village Action Trust (AVAT).

If you require any further information please contact us at our office:
Auroville Coastal-area Development Centre (ACDC)
Aurelec
Auroville 605 101
Tamil Nadu
India
Phone: +91 (413) 2622184, 2622797
e-mail: acdc@auroville.org.in