"Vazhikatigal" (Tamil word meaning "Mentor") is an initiative launched by Agaram to go one step further than just sponsoring their education. A volunteer led program, this initiative is focussed on nurturing school children from remote parts of Tamilnadu and provide them with opportunities and training to bring out their skills and talent and paving a way for them to reach their goals.
Vazhai, an NGO who has pioneered in this concept of mentoring, has inspired Agaram to launch the mentorship program.
Agaram-Vazhikatigal nurtures school children in the remotest parts of Tamil Nadu. These children are from underprivileged background, whose parents are daily wage workers, who do not have time to care for the children. These children are sent to school until they are old enough to work and support their families.
Vazhikatigal is a mentorship program to nurture these children who are provided with a guide to help them with their education and overall improvement. Through Vazhikatigal, the mentor is regularly in touch with the student, interacts with them and guide them not just with education, but also help them with overall development. Students are also encouraged to write letters and postcards to their mentors.
This not only provides a means for regular update, but also helps in developing a healthy relationship between the mentor and the ward. In addition, these letters helps the student to improve their communication skills and helps the mentor to better understand the student and provide necessary inputs for the development of the child. In addition, the mentor meets or speaks to his/her ward frequently and gets to visit them once in two months. Workshops are conducted once in a quarter and this regular contact is priceless for the Child and these meetings are supported with training programs for the child.
Agaram provides the child with a guide to help them overcome their barriers and helps in enabling the students to succeed in life, by equipping them with the right amount of skills.