About Tamwed

The Nilgiri Hills, India from Ruth Davies on Vimeo.


Tamwed grew out of long term professional and social links between people in the West of England familiar with India and South Indian NGOs and the communities they work with. Since 1997, mutually beneficial projects, training and exchanges between India and the UK took place organised by a West Devon-based community organisation called West Devon Environmental Network (WestDEN)

Immediately after the tsunami at the end of 2004, a group of staff and trustees from WestDEN together with local people met to consider how they could offer long term support to people in areas they were familiar with and to extend links to bring communities in the two countries closer together.

Jothi Ramalingam, who had been West DEN's Indian project co-coordinator and Justine Squire from Tavistock who happened to be in India at the time, visited the tsunami-affected areas and sent back information and photographs. We discussed with Jothi and Justine the possibility of linking West Devon with a community that had been affected by the tidal wave but was not receiving support from any of the larger Indian or foreign NGOs. After two years of support for smaller NGOs they were in a better position to attract funding and expertise from elsewhere - including the Indian Government.

By 2006 Tamwed had become a registered charity with the objective of helping to overcome poverty in areas of greatest need. By 2009, Tamwed was working with three NGOs: CRUSADE to the north of Chennai, GAWDESY near Thanjavur and the ISLAND Trust in Kotagiri. As organisations became more financially self-sufficient we began to concentrate on projects with beneficiaries that had the greatest need. Our single partner from 2015 is the ISLAND Trust, an organisation that does important work with tribal people in the Nilgiri Hills deal on health, climate change adaptation, agriculture and other issues that aim to secure a sustainable people for tribal communities.

Preparing Medicinal Herbs

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