Porivarai community club was founded in 2018. Since its inception, it has been getting more popular among the local villages in the Nilgiris and its scope of activities has also been increasing.
That is why TNF partnered with the Porivarai Workshop to create a comprehensive space for all its initiatives under one roof. It was built using mud, grass and bamboo – the same way Irula ancestors built their homes. A tiled roof was constructed to facilitate electricity. The Nilgiris Foundation successfully fundraised for the workshop through the proceeds received from The Nilgiris Wild Food Festival – another TNF initiative that focuses on amplifying the local indigenous food and communities.
The new construction will further fuel Porivarai Workshop’s community radio station called Kwol radio (Kwol is a traditional Irula musical instrument). The community radio channel broadcasts carefully-researched ancient Irula stories, and traditional ways of living.
The inauguration of the Porivarai Workshop took place on April 21, 2023, and both Kannan, the leader of Porivarai Community Youth Group, and Sivaraj, an Irula community leader, were present among many other Irula members.
Ramya Reddy and Sarasasmeeta Pathy, two of the directors of The Nilgiris Foundation, cut the ribbon for the workshop, and several Porivarai members and TNF board members were also in attendance.