Activities / Projects



    A recent innovation of FREED is ‘Gaon Mera’ (My Village) project. This program, initiated in February 2016, with the support of HDFC and facilitated by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), is implemented in Cherthala South Grama Panchayat in Alappuzha district. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life of the people, by addressing their basic needs. The first activity was to undertake a detailed need assessment participatory study, which identified drinking water scarcity, poor sanitation, poor health, low educational standards and poverty as the most urgent issues demanding solution. Accordingly, a number of programs were chartered and implemented, including:

  • 1.Drinking Water Supply
  • Fresh water is available in this coastal village, but it is not potable, due to the presence of pathogens and other pollutants. Hence, water purification was adjudged as the best remedial action. Two types of water purification technologies were selected: RO (reverse Osmosis) Plant and Water Filters. Accordingly, 5000 liter/day capacity RO Plants were set up in 2 Schools and 4 Water Purification equipments were installed in 3 schools and 1 PHC. A total of over 30,000 people benefit from these facilities. While water is free for the school children, a nominal 50 paise/liter is charged from the public. These assets are managed by a 15-member Beneficiary Committee.

  • 2. Improving Sanitation Facilities
  • With a view to improving the sanitation conditions of the schools, modern toilets were constructed in 2 schools and existing toilets were repaired in 3 schools.

  • 3. Health Care
  • Two activities were conducted under this: a free medical camp and supply of medi-care equipments, including cell counter, ECG machine, foaming machine, auto-dave and water purifier, to one PHC.
    The mega medical camp, conducted on 02.07.2016 at St.Francis Assissi High School, Arthunkal, in partnership with the Amrutha Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, was attended by 1500 patients suffering from various illnesses. Medical checkup was conducted by a team of 50 doctors from the Institute. A Televan, with mini-operation theatre, was a specialty of the camp. Nurses from K.V. Nursing College and N.S.S. volunteers from St. Micheal’s College, Cherthala lent their helping hands. Consultation, treatment and medicines were free and follow-up was assured by the doctors.

  • 4. Educational Support
  • With a view to improving the educational status of the children in the Panchayat, three actions were taken: distribution of learning materials, in the form of picture books, to all the 47 anganwadis in the Panchayat; supply of play materials in the form of sports kits and indoor game articles in 2 LP schools and 1 Hs school; distribution of cycles to 282 children.

FREED is engaged in a variety of inter-linked interventions, including:

  • Facilitation of people’s organizations, such as SHGs, JLGs, Federations, Producer Companies.
  • Capacity development/Skill building.
  • Promotion of micro-finance and micro-enterprises.
  • Nature conservation and environmental protection.
  • Regeneration of kavus (sacred groves).
  • Protection of water sources.
  • Promotion of traditional crafts and occupations.
  • Promotion of paddy cultivation.
  • Promotion of habitat development.
  • Linking and networking.
  • Lobbying and advocacy.
  • Documentation.

GuideStar India Transparency Key

FREED is awarded GuideStar India Transparency Key by GuideStar India NGO Transparency Awards 2016

FREED is awarded Best Performer Award

FREED is awarded Best performer award under SHG Bank linkage programme instituted by NABARD for the year 2015-16

Jala Arathy

A voluntary mission with broad-based peoples participation

A voluntary mission with broad-based peoples participation

A voluntary mission with broad-based peoples participation