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KYNAROU is a NGO that carries out development projects, improving the access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for the deprived populations of Southern India (Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry)

Created under the 1901 Act, KYNAROU takes its name from the Tamil word “well” and was formed in May 2004.
The association has its headquarter in France and a branch office in India.

In France, one employee and ten volunteers work within the association, which is present throughout France, with its headquarter in Paris and offices in the Région Centre, Région Pays-de-la-Loire, Seine-Saint-Denis and Hérault.

In India, the team is made up of ten local employees and one French volunteer (Volontaire Solidarité Internationale – VSI). The offices are located in Pondicherry and Theni.

Looking to develop the local governance of the association, we created in March 2014, a structure formed under the Indian law. Kynarou India Trust (KIT) is the twin association of Kynarou France and is managed by our Program Director, Radja Mourty.

We also organize regular parties and cultural events in France in order to make known our actions in India.

Since November 2007, KYNAROU has become a trust. Donations are tax-exempted up to 66%. For any donation, we will send you a donation receipt, which you must attach along with your tax return.

KYNAROU is a NGO that carries out development projects, improving the access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for the deprived populations of Southern India (Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry)

Created under the 1901 Act, KYNAROU takes its name from the Tamil word “well” and was formed in May 2004.
The association has its headquarter in France and a branch office in India.

In France, one employee and ten volunteers work within the association, which is present throughout France, with its headquarter in Paris and offices in the Région Centre, Région Pays-de-la-Loire, Seine-Saint-Denis and Hérault.

In India, the team is made up of ten local employees and one French volunteer (Volontaire Solidarité Internationale – VSI). The offices are located in Pondicherry and Theni.

Looking to develop the local governance of the association, we created in March 2014, a structure formed under the Indian law. Kynarou India Trust (KIT) is the twin association of Kynarou France and is managed by our Program Director, Radja Mourty.

We also organize regular parties and cultural events in France in order to make known our actions in India.

Since November 2007, KYNAROU has become a trust. Donations are tax-exempted up to 66%. For any donation, we will send you a donation receipt, which you must attach along with your tax return.

Birth of the Association

Kynarou was created following a first humanitarian mission, where we worked with people from scheduled caste. Those people were suffering from lack of water and sanitation, due to the persistence of the caste system.

Our main mission is to design and implement projects in order to sustain the local communities’ development, establishing sustainable access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, in the poor villages of Southern India.

Furthermore, we were strongly motivated to start our actions because the demand of assisting in the improvement of supplying drinking water and building sanitation facilities was directly coming from the local people (Non Governmental Organizations, Self Help Groups, social workers, parish, Panchayats (village headman)).
We had to respond to this request urgently and effectively.

The “Water and Development Initiative” (“Initiative Eau et Développement”) brings together the projects carried out since 2008. Its purpose is to standardize drinking water networks and health facilities in backward areas of South India in order to improve the living conditions of the local population through health and hygiene enhancement. Indeed, health and hygiene can be considerably improved by safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation facilities.

Why water?

he Indian society is a sensitive context bringing together poverty, untouchability, health and food problems. In addition to that, people are often suffering from lack of water in rural and deprived areas. Water is sacred for the Hindus, and for a long time it has been prohibited to downtrodden people who were accused of making it impure by touching it.

In many villages in Southern India, access to good water in sufficient quantity is far from being a daily reality:
20% (twenty percent) of the populations have no access to safe drinking water,
60% (sixty percent) of the untouchables have no access to water for basic hygiene,
80% (eighty percent) have no electricity.
Only 7% (seven percent) have access to safe drinking water, electricity and toilets.

he Indian society is a sensitive context bringing together poverty, untouchability, health and food problems. In addition to that, people are often suffering from lack of water in rural and deprived areas. Water is sacred for the Hindus, and for a long time it has been prohibited to downtrodden people who were accused of making it impure by touching it.

In many villages in Southern India, access to good water in sufficient quantity is far from being a daily reality:
20% (twenty percent) of the populations have no access to safe drinking water,
60% (sixty percent) of the untouchables have no access to water for basic hygiene,
80% (eighty percent) have no electricity.
Only 7% (seven percent) have access to safe drinking water, electricity and toilets.

Principles of action

Improving

the access to water and sanitation by the standardization of the hydraulic and sanitary structures in villages

Promoting

empowerment of the populations by the creation of management committees of the water within every village

Raising

awareness on good hygiene practices and water management

Philosophy of action

KYNAROU’s projects follow those three objectives in order to ensure the viability and sustainability of our actions.
We also pay attention on carrying out our projects with the greatest objectivity possible. If the unequal caste system must be taken into account, our goal remains to give access to safe drinking water for all, without any distinction of caste and religion.
After each project, the local people should be autonomous and able to manage the structures built up. Thus, the identification of the village is very important for the sustainability of the project as well as the inhabitants’ motivation.

KYNAROU’s projects follow those three objectives in order to ensure the viability and sustainability of our actions.
We also pay attention on carrying out our projects with the greatest objectivity possible. If the unequal caste system must be taken into account, our goal remains to give access to safe drinking water for all, without any distinction of caste and religion.
After each project, the local people should be autonomous and able to manage the structures built up. Thus, the identification of the village is very important for the sustainability of the project as well as the inhabitants’ motivation.

We do not choose villages according to their castes. Indeed, many villages are composed of communities of different castes which refuse the sharing of the water.
As we don’t want to be responsible for potential conflicts, we prefer working in villages where the water is shared among the communities and where caste rivalries are as low as possible. The villages we help are not necessarily untouchable ones. But, as a matter of fact, most of villages with water scarcity are untouchable, and thus, the targeted populations are untouchable.

Kynarou’s method

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Plan development projects in the field of water in collaboration with local communities and partners.

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Educate the children and raise awareness among the populations on water management and basic hygiene.

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Establish water management committees to ensure the proper functioning of hydraulic structures.

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Build water supply networks, sanitation and purification facilities, and community toilets.

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Support and train Self Help Groups to ensure the self-management of the populations regarding the new hydraulic structures.

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Strengthen partnerships with local actors.

Our Team

In France

Chairman

Antoine Soive

Treasurer

Olivier Lehideux

Chief Office Executive

Sophie Lehideux

Vice-chairman

Brice Katakawa

Technical expert

Thomas David

Technique

Louise Barthod
Rémi Luthereau

India

Mickaël Bruckhert
Marie Eliçagaray

Human Resources

Julien Soive
Émilie Gaussens

Communication

Bassimat Papa
Volunteers

Région Centre

Frédéric Frenard

Région Pays de la Loire

Dominique et Annie Soive

Région Occitanie

Sophie Lehideux

In India

Chairman & Education advisor

Ali Liakath

Programme director

Radja Mourty

Coordination

Neelakandan V.

Engineering & building coordination

Riyasudeen J.

Social coordinators

Meena R.
Dhivadarsini N.

French volunteer coordinator (VSI)

Anand Nawle

Financial assistant

Vaidhegi

Fund raiser

M. Rajendran

Statutes of the Association (in French)

Icône pdf
Statuts Kynarou

Activity reports (in French)

Icône pdf
Rapport d’activités 2011

Icône pdf
Rapport d’activités 2013

Icône pdf
Rapport d’activités 2014

Icône pdf
Rapport d’activités 2015