Emperor Asoka is known as Piyadasi (in Pali) or Priyadarshi (in Sanskrit) meaning “He who regards everyone with affection". All his inscriptions have the imperial touch and show compassionate loving. He addressed his people as his "children".

FHSM Calendar

Visit the FHSM Calendar for the year 2011-2012 for the activities, events and schedule of FHSM.


Theme 1: Poverty Alleviation & Eradication of Hunger

Poverty alleviation and economic sustenance through training

FHSM’s major strategy, focus and the tool to alleviate poverty among the rural poor and bring about sustainable economic empowerment and development remains in entrepreneurship training programs and awareness on specific schemes available from Government departments. For FHSM, Economic empowerment and development of women remains the key and the charging point for community development at large. The process involves organizing the rural women in small groups and encouraging them to be enterprising in small savings and managing money through SHG concept. FHSM then provides and facilitates credit linkage to women to undertake various small scale economic development activities based on available resources and skill sets. With this initiative FHSM has an outreach of more than 3000 beneficiaries especially from the weaker sections.

Sustainable Rural Livelihood and Application of Appropriate Rural Technology

All the spheres of development including economic, social, cultural have primarily benefited urban locations. Even in case of industrial growth, urban places got best of growth and prosperity. Many actions have been taken to fill this chasm between rural and urban growth. Several awareness programs have been initiated to create awareness about ecological significance among the rural population. Significant demonstrations have been provided to make best use of natural resources. Poverty in rural areas has remained by and large, the main focal point of governments and development agencies. Sustainable rural development is the most effective way to eliminate this curse. To improve the standard of living, governments have allocated more financial muscle for the rural areas. FHSM has created awareness programs for the tribal population of Kolli hills on various development programs & Government schemes & encouraged tribal farmers to involve in the application of appropriate rural technology in order for preserving the ecology and economic sustenance.

Restoration of Tsunami affected people and disaster management

East coastal belt of south India faced Tsunami crisis in the year December 26th of 2004 as a consequence plenty of people died and vast amount of property loss incurred. Many voluntary organizations came to stretch their helping hand. FHSM joined hands with Karuna Trust, UK for actively involving in relief and rehabilitation operations. When every relief organization focused its attention on primary fisherman folk, wherein FHSM particularized its activities to the needy, especially dalits for which FHSM conducted an extensive need assessment study for the regeneration of livelihood with the ambition of extending such work for the long time sustainability of this vulnerable groups. FHSM has taken up capacity building, relief distribution, and community center programs in Kollitheevu village, Vedaranyam and in Nagore, Nagapattinam district. In this project nearly 250 beneficiaries were covered.

Ernst Friedrich Schumacher was born in Germany in 1911. A Rhodes scholar at Oxford in the 1930’s, he fled back to England before the Second World War to avoid living under Nazism. Although Schumacher was interned as an enemy alien during the War, his extraordinary abilities were recognized, and he was able to help the British government with its economic and financial mobilization.After the War, E. F. Schumacher worked as an economic advisor to the British Control Commission charged with rebuilding the German economy. From 1950 to 1970 he was Chief Economic Advisor to the British Coal Board, one of the world’s largest organizations, with 800,000 employees. Schumacher's farsighted planning (he predicted the rise of OPEC and the problems of nuclear power) aided Britain in its economic recovery.In 1955 Schumacher travelled to Burma as an economic consultant. While there, he developed the principles of what he called “Buddhist economics,” based on the belief that good work was essential for proper human development and that “production from local resources for local needs is the most rational way of economic life.” Schumacher also gained insights that led him to become a pioneer of what is now called "appropriate technology": earth- and user-friendly technology matched to the scale of community life.

Wed, 16th Jan @ Chennai
FHSM meets with Walter Hahn from the German Dalit solidarity platform DSiD to discuss potential cooperation.

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