The Ian Haynes Memorial Centre is a community development project based in the small village of Sevattur, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu. With a strong emphasis on education and providing holistic care, the project aims to assist disadvantaged people within the community such as the elderly, widows and vulnerable children.
Education is seen as a key tool for breaking the cycle of poverty for these beneficiaries. In India people are almost guaranteed a good job if they can speak English. Therefore, the project provides quality English education to the beneficiaries at the centre and has future plans to build an English-Medium school.
Sustainability is an increasing focus of the project, with development activities including the growing of crops (ground nuts and mangoes) for income generation and the rearing of chickens for food production.
There are plans to further expand the project by helping widows in the area to become self-sufficient through micro-enterprise and vocation skills development.