Social Education Centres (SEC)

  • Number of Social Education Centre (SEC) = 55
  • Non Formal Education
  • Social Education Day
  • Eco-Club
  • Children Parliament
  • Monthly Competitions
  • Educational Tour

Arunthathiyar Makkal Nala Urimai Sangam (Arunthathiyar People’s Welfare Association)

  • Year of Establishment: 2019
  • Number of Sangams :27
  • Bi-monthly Meetings
  • Economic Empowerment through Micro Credit Savings
  • Social Empowerment through Legal Intervention
  • Political Involvement (Panchayat Elections)
  • Issue Based and Right Based Interventions



Monthly Training Programmes

  • Animators Training
  • Training of Trainers (ToT)
  • Staff Capacitation
  • Cyber/Soft/Entrepreneurial Skills Training
  • AHAL Cultural Troupe Training
  • Budding Writers Training
  • Exposure Programme for the Staff



  • Residential Camp for 10th and 12th standard students
  • Study Skills Development Camp
  • Spoken English Coaching Camp
  • Summer Camp
  • Dalit Leadership Camp
  • Village/Rural Exposure Camp



  • Pongal Culturals Day
  • Women’s Day
  • Arunthathiyar Convention
  • Sports Day



  • Weekly Review Meeting
  • Monthly Review Meeting



The Jesuits who came for their formation experience to the backward districts of Thiruvannamalai and Villupuram personally witnessed the discrimination done to Arunthathiyars by the dominant caste groups and the deprivation of education, political ostracization and social exclusion. They felt that it was the opportune time for the Jesuits to mission themselves for the cause of Arunthathiyars in a tangible way by founding a Social Action Centre in Kilpennathur where the target people are thickly populated. AHAL Social Action Centre was started in 1999 spearheaded by Frs. Joeseph Michael, Eugine Muthu and Arockiaraj Raphael. The main thrust of starting a Social Action Centre was to empower Arunthathiar women, youth and children.



    • To empower the target group through our accompaniment and empowerment programmes and trainings.
    • To fight for their own socio-economic and political rights and needs.
    • To foster first layer and second layer community leadership through active peoples movement.


Districts:                          Thiruvannamalai and Villupuram

Number of Taluks:           08

Number of Unions:         13

Number of Panchayats:  18

Contact Villages:              65

Number of Households:  12000


    • Educational Empowerment,
    • Economic Development,
    • Social enhancement,
    • Political Advocacy and Lobbying

Sub Sectors

    • Social Education Centre
    • Arunthathiyar Makkal Nala Sangam
    • Training Programmes
    • Special Programmes
    • Camps
    • Meetings
    • Legal Assistance
    • Welfare Programmes
      • Scholarships
      • Relief Work
    • Publications