Resource Institute of Social
Education was founded the tenth days of May 1982 by ROCHE Victor who had
earlier been involved in some community development work in different
parts of South Arcot District.
The founder of RISE was a Dalit who knew the economic and
social problems of his community. The main idea of starting this charity
came to ROCHE Victor while he was working in a project ANIMATORS FOR
RISE functions as a non-profit, non-sectarian,
non-political and non-governmental organization for promoting in the
field of conscientization, adult education, development and women’s
liberation in our project. So, at the beginning, RISE had to provide the
main needs of the population:
Milk animals were provided to widows to make them self-reliant.
Drinking water. For 5 villages, RISE deepening well which provide
Drinking water supply to 5 villages by arranging tap
connection from over-head tanks.
Building of houses. With financial help of the government, RISE built 48
Houses for Homeless Dalits.
Construction 5 Burial ground for Dalits people of 5 villages.
Distribution of animals. RISE gave goats, ducklings, plough bullocks.
They were used to establish small enterprises, which provided at 650
In the same time, RISE acted for the awareness of the population. To
obtain its, RISE organized different camps, programs, and meetings:
AGRICULTURAL LABORERS PROGRAM
“Awareness Education Program” for the benefit of 5000 agricultural
explained the agricultural laborers rights and hike in the wages.
RISE organized 18 “Agricultural camps” to educate and enlighten the
Dalit people and
the marginal farmers about improved technologies of agriculture and
measures. Camps were covered 20 villages.
HEALTH CARE PROGRAM
“Cultural program on health awareness”: This program covered 20 villages
persons in Villianur Commune.
“Reproductive Child Health Program” in 48 village. RISE explained about
nutrition, necessary vaccines to protect the children, and a proper
“Community health program”: In 25 villages, RISE organized meetings with
to explain about the necessity to keep clean the house, the village and
to improve the
“Medical camps”: RISE conducted medical camps with the help of
to provide a free medical check-up for the people. RISE provided the
treatment for the needy
one for the particular illness.
HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM
“Awareness camps for Dalit youths”. 10 villages benefited of camps to
rights, for the teenagers.
“Skill development program in tailoring and embroidery”. Dalit Muslim
Women of one
village learnt to tailor and embroider.
“Community organization for Dalit Washer men”. This community was
created to fight
for Washer men rights.
Later, the community organization added 25 Women Organizations in 25
were supported with micro credits delivered by RISE. These organizations
were involved in
bringing basic amenities to their villages.
In 2001, RISE joined a Network called DMK: Dalit Mannurimai Kuttamippu (Dalit
Federation). This Network is composed by 16 NGOs, and supported by
DMK organizes national level program on issues such as human rights,
political rights of
Dalit, Dalit empowerment and women rights.