Elisabeth Sanna Women Empowerment Center
Established in 2004 this center has been aiming at the economic self sufficiency and empowerment of women living in poverty and dehumanizing social situations. Initially it focused on women working in the granite quarries. Teaching them tailoring and providing each one with a sewing machine free of cost at the end of the course the center liberated numerous women from the granite quarries and made them financially self sufficient.
The center continues to offer two tailoring courses - each consisting of six months - for sixty women. Besides tailoring, they are taught also to make dolls, papad, pickle and jam.
They are also given awareness programs related to women, family and social life.
The centre has been functioning from its inception within the Pallotti School Campus. As the Government did not permit such activities within school campuses, we were forced to build a new centre. For the last 4 years the centre remained closed and a new building was under construction.
The newly constructed Elisabeth Sanna Women Empowerment Centre at Thani Nayagam Adigal Street, Pillar Salai, Madurai, about 300 meters from the Pillar Campus, was blessed and inaugurated by Rev.Fr. Andy Givel, the Provincial Rector of the Swiss Pallottine Province on 13 March 2023. Many former students who learned vocational courses like tailoring, embroidery, etc., were present. Some of them shared their experiences. They were testifying that the skills which they learned from the Centre helped them to lead a dignified life. They are today able to stand independent and support financially their families. Particularly they are in a position to educate their children.