It takes a little bit of initiative and a whole lot of passion to make big strides in rural development. And that's exactly what BRF seeks to do. The Bannari Rural foundation (BRF) was started in the year 2002 with the aim of providing urban amenities in rural areas. It is the brain child of Sri S V Balasubramaniam, a noted industrialist, Philanthropist and Chairman of Bannari Amman Group of Companies. He believes in service to mankind is service to God and is actively involved in various community development programmes like health, sanitation, education, environment, water conservation, and livelihood. BRF works tirelessly to enable rural development in some parts of Tamilnadu. The Foundation works to provide basic amenities and a better quality of life to villages. And the efforts have indeed paid off! Children are heading to well-equipped schools; there is bctter sanitation facilities; safe water is available in plenty and of course, the people's necessities are being met. However, there are miles to go and BRF is heading forward with great passion.
The Bannari Rural Foundation (BRF) was registered in 2002 as a non-profit charitable trust under the aegis of Bannari Amman group of companies. To nurture the Corporate Social Responsibility in Sathyamangalam area of Erode district in Tamil Nadu, the BRF was initiated by the Philanthropist and Chairman of Bannari Amman Group of Companies Dr. S V Balasubramaniam. The Foundation has been established as a resource centre for providing urban amenities in rural areas.
The Foundation undertakes a wide range of training and capacity building programmes on Health, Sanitation, Education, Environment, Water Conservation, Livelihood Projects
To achieve the vision of our former president Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam under PURA scheme (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), the Foundation has taken up many developmental initiatives towards that direction with the following objectives:
The BRF ensures increased access to health services and hygienic living to the villagers. Health camps and eye camps are organized on the 4th Saturday of every month with the co-operation extended by Sankara Eye Hospital, Coimbatore and Rotary Club, Sathy.
The Foundation provides household sanitation facilities wherever feasible and also strives towards making Panchayats “Totally Sanitised” in the real sense by providing sanitary complexes in each habitation. It empowers the community to manage the resources on their own.
The Foundation has constructed individual household latrines in Sadumugai, Thiginarai, and Ikkarai Negamam Panchayats in Sathyamangalam Taluk and Thensangampalayam Panchayat in Anamalai Block for the benefit of the economically weaker sections of the society utilising the Govt. subsidy of Rs. 1200/- in addition to the BRF’s contribution of Rs.1500/- per latrine.
The BRF started a Balwadi at Sembadapalayam village in 2003. More than 20 children in the age group of two to three regularly attended the class. The Foundation provided uniforms to the children every year. On request of the Govt., the Balwadi centre was handed over to the Govt. for further maintenance from June 2007 onwards.
Tree Planting Programme As part of the conservation of eco-system, planted avenue trees on temple lands and school campus. The BRF has planted avenue trees on both sides in Highway roads 5 kms from Sathy to D.G. Pudur and another 5 kms from Sathy to Kodivery. Besides fencing the saplings, the BRF is regularly watering the seedlings.
The rainwater harvesting programme has been implemented in Sathyamangalam, which is located in the North West part of Erode district in Tamil Nadu. This block has the average annual rainfall of 776.5 mm. The average rainfall has drastically come down due to deforestation. The reduction in the rainfall has resulted in the water table going down.
The Foundation initially constructed six check dams at a cost of Rs. 41.79 lakhs in Sathyamangalam Taluk with the assistance of District administration and the BRF’s contribution during 2004-2005. The Govt. in the PWD department, after thorough investigation and careful examination of the proposal from the BRF, sanctioned 15 more check dams vide G.O No.242 dt 06.06.2008. The 15 water harvesting structures were completed during 2008 – 2009.