Puvidham translates from Tamil to love for the earth. This is the inspiration for all the people and activities associated with this place.
Puvidham Rural Development Trust is a registered organization with focus on “Education for Sustainable Living” offering a humane and child-centered education environment for children in the Nagarkoodal area of Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu, India. In the process, developing a primary school, implementing effective organic farming techniques, Design and construction of Eco-Buildings, Art, Craft and Green Product Manufacturing.
It was an initiative which began in 1992 and since then has taken strong roots. It is the culmination of a dream, of Umesh, a mechanical engineer and Meenakshi, an architect who went about to build a community of people whose passion in farming and education could be translated into local opportunities. The activities have now evolved into Puvidham Farm, Puvidham Learning Centre and Puvidham Development Centre and are run under the umbrella of Puvidham Rural Development Trust.
Today, Puvidham is managed by a 80 strong family of committed children and individuals who are working to change the harsh and arid landscape into a sustainable and resource rich area. These initiatives are guided by well wishers and Trustees who have had exposure to realities of rural India, its concerns and potential.