Society for the Development of Economically Weaker Section (SODEWS)

It all began as a dream of one man. A person with diverse experience in areas of finance, economic and social development, public administration and capital markets spread over Africa and India. K.S.Ramamurthy returned home to India to engage with one of the most challenged communities. In 1999, his organic efforts took the shape of Society for the Development of Economically Weaker Section (SODEWS) that now addresses education, health, environmental and livelihood themes. The activities are focused mainly in five blocks in Vellore District Tamil Nadu and one village in Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand. What began as a one man dream has now caught the imagination of many youngsters not even close to half his age. The SODEWS core team now has grown to include close to 30 like-minded individuals who contribute in various capacities. The organization itself has grown exponentially to include in its fold a strong volunteer force of 75 individuals who are engaged in different facets of Health and Education. SODEWS’ interventions are focused on education at Pre-Primary and Primary levels in an intense fashion and at Middle, High and Higher Secondary schools more through providing academic staff support and science initiatives. While this is the initiative with formal learning, SODEWS also runs 6 non-formal schools (Residential Special Training Centers – RSTC) which are considered bridging programs.