A beautiful and naturally well-endowed KALMADU NAGAR that is at the boarder of DS divisions- Karaichchi, Kandaawalai and Oddusuddan, has been selected as the model village by IRDG to carry out its sustainable livelihood project.
Naga Narendran commented that he was very impressed with the level of enthusiasm of the village leaders, they were looking for much needed “hope” to improve livelihood and economic activities in the village.
Antonyrajh of Kalmadu Nagar said "we are at the boarder of two districts and have been missing out on development initiatives, many times. We feel that we have a great opportunity to collectively work, make use of this opportunity and are very grateful to IRDG for it".
Kalmadu Nagar is in 3679 hectares with 809 families and 2759 population that include 165 female headed and further 91 very poor families. The roads and basic village infrastructure are seriously deficient; however it is a very proud community boasting considerable number of educated people and ambitious youth. There are three minor tanks and ample water and fertile land.
Kalmadu Nagar came to notice of the IRDG by accident, as its village leaders were very eager for some stimulation and leadership support. They repeatedly visited the IRDG Kilinochchi office to make a case for their village and that could not be ignored.
Naga Narendran said “I am so pleased that we have chosen Kalmadu Nagar as there are many compelling reasons why it must be selected for IRDGs pilot project, but the one in particular is its eagerness to come together to develop their village and prosper. I clearly notice that the leaders are committed and the village is being mobilised to rethink for themselves how they should reorient and re position for sustainable job creation.
The recent announcement by the government in its 2017 budget measures for rural job creation, support for micro and small businesses and various donor community assistance would be fully utilised to facilitate reinvigorating Kalmadu Nagar.