COODU besides professionally implementing different programmes, has over time become a Skill& capacity building agency not just to people and their organizations but to different organizations in Government, Public, Private and Voluntary sectors. Many people have been trained and provided skills & knowledge by COODU Independently as well as collaboratively. For example, Ecotech Consortium in which COODU is a founder partner imparted training to PRI Representatives and SHG Federations Representatives of Perambalur and Ariyalur district on Solid Waste Management and organic farming practices.
COODU has undertaken Capacity building of Water Users Associations (WUAs) for Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) in the sub-basins of Upper Vaigai, Varattar – Nagalar, Upper Gundar, Sindapalli Uppodai, Therkar and Senkottaiar lying in the Districts of Madurai, Virudhunagar and Theni in which the following tasks were carried out.
|1.||WUA office bearers (Presidents & TC Members)||All the managing committee|
|2.||WUA Sub-Committees’ Members||members and sub-committee|
|3.||Farmers (including women)||members of WUAs|
Training activities under several watershed programmes were conducted by COODU facilitating knowledge sharing and proper implementation of activities under watershed approach. The different training programmes conducted include:
Exposure visits to model watershed projects within the state and other states in the country form an integral part of Watershed programmes. COODU organisesseveral exposure visits to various Watersheds, Agriculture Research Institutions and Model Farms.
In these days of pollution caused by the extensive use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides, COODU, realizing the danger posed by chemicals, organized a workshop on Natural and Alternative Farming in Ramanathapuram. The workshop was organized with financial assistance from the DRDA-Ramanathapuram with the participation of Dr. Nammalvar, a natural scientist and practicing farmer and attended by representatives from all watershed areas in Ramanathapuram District. The objective was to sensitise and motivate the farmers/ representatives attending the workshop and to propagate/ disseminate information/ practices in Natural and Alternative farming.
COODU has organised exposure visits for farmers to areas where natural and alternate farming are being practiced. COODU had organised visit to Vanagam in Karur District which is at the fore front of natural farming in the state. Being run by Dr.Nammalvar , Vanagam has been propagating natural farming techniques.
As part of the Clean Village Campaign, school sanitation activities were also undertaken. School headmasters and teachers were provided with training and encouraged to teach children the importance of hygiene and sanitation. COODU facilitated in construction of Toilets in schools and provided with water facilities. All village children were encouraged to use footwear and wash hands before and after eating/ using toilets. The children were seen as a good medium to spread the message of sanitation to the elders in the village.