team detail

Team Leaders and Executives
  • A. Aloysius - Founder

  • A. Viyakula Mary - Executive Director

  • R. Francis – Team Leader - CLFZ

  • C. John Henry – Team Leader - CRC

  • S. Arputha Mary - Team Leader & Trainer – Migrant Labour

  • M. Felix Jeya Kumar – Team Leader & Trainer – PPC

  • S. Antony selvi – Finance & Administration

  • G. Suseela – M&E Officer – CRC

  • S. Usha Rani – M&E Officer – LRC & PPC

  • C. Devaki – Team Leader – VSDC

  • M. Muthulakshmi – Accounts Assistant



Member Details

Mr. A. Aloysius, (savealoy@gmail.com )

Founder

Mr. Aloysius holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Diploma in Library Science and has completed certificate courses on leadership, management, communication, human rights, and International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards. He founded SAVE in 1993, and since has initiated various networks across Tamil Nadu. Significantly, he envisioned the Labour Resource Centre (LRC) to address violations of the rights of garment and textile workers in Tirupur. He has tirelessly focussed on the eradication of child labour through his work and representing in various fora, ensuring on-ground compliance with India’s ratification of ILO convention 182 (elimination of worst forms of child labour) at the regional and global level.

He was the state coordinator of the Global March against Child Labour and coordinated the rally in Tamil Nadu. He was also Convener of Child Rights Forum and founded the Clean Clothes Campaign Task Force in the state. Over the years, he has relentlessly drawn focus to the issues of garment workers, specifically migrant labourers, adolescent workers, and child labour and trafficking.

He convened a state level organisation of NGOs focusing the issues of migrant labourers and employment of adolescent girls and promoted the Tirupur People’s Forum (TPF); a platform consisting of trade unions and NGOs. He served in the capacity of State Convener of TPF from 2005 to 2012. He has initiated the Child Rights Forum for Girl Children (CRF (G)) to protect the rights of girl children at the state level. He also set up the Multi Stakeholders’ Initiative – Tamil Nadu (MSI TN) towards initiating social dialogue for establishment of sustainable and ethical standards in textile and clothing.

Ms. A. Viyakula Mary (viyakulamail@gmail.com)

Executive Director

Viyakula Mary holds Master’s Degrees in Computer Science and Psychology. Before joining SAVE team, she worked as a Computer Science lecturer. Being a psychology graduate, she facilitates counselling sessions and motivates victimized. She is a trainer and woman activist.

Her passion and engagement with activism started from school at an early age when she was the president of Young Student’s Movement and later when she held various offices including the President of Youth Movement.

Her learning trainings include life-scoping skills, HIV/AIDS awareness, Skills on counselling at Vellore Medical College, NIMHANS at Bengaluru, and gender academy course of ILO in Turin, Italy.

At SAVE, she applies her learning in trainings, counselling, and in guiding the communities. She has engaged in field based research on rights’ violation of women, factory based abuses, and issues related to garment workers and children. She has expertise on issues relating to gender based violence and has focussed on the formation of Internal Complaints Committees in textile mills and factories.

Mr. R. Francis – Child Labour Free Zone(CLFZ)

Team Leader

Mr R.Francis is a Diploma Holder in Community Health, obtained in 1975 from Christian Fellowship Hospital. He has undergone various trainings on development and capacity building programmes organised by the government and NGOs. He is trained as a master trainer cum resource person in the Financial Literacy and Credit Counselling Programme of NABARD.

Mr R.Francis is a Diploma Holder in Community Health, obtained in 1975 from Christian Fellowship Hospital. He has undergone various trainings on development and capacity building programmes organised by the government and NGOs. He is trained as a master trainer cum resource person in the Financial Literacy and Credit Counselling Programme of NABARD.He began his career as a health worker in Madhanapalli in Andhra Pradesh and later at Ambilikkai Hospital, Ottanchattiram, Tamil Nadu. He served as health program coordinator in Plan International’s Child Labour Project in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, and worked as Project Officer in OXFAM’s HIV/AIDS Project. From 1999 to 2004, he worked as a project coordinator in Water and Sanitation Project supported by the UK. Since 2005, he worked in theTsunami Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project for 3 years.

He joined SAVE in 2008 and has been serving as the Project Manager for Women Development Programmes. With his strong calibre, he committed himself to creating Child Labour Free Zones (CLFZs) in Tirupur. He has wide-range of experience in working in various development sectors, managing various projects for the past 36 years.

He is very good at building excellent rapport with government officials and banks. He was able to mobilize a loan of Rs.10 crore for the women self-help groups promoted by SAVE. He involves in trainings, monitoring and women empowerment.

Mr. C. John Henry – Child Rights Cell(CRC )

Team Leader

Mr. C.John Henry holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, with specialization in Community Development. He is a PG Diploma Holder in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. He has 20 years of experience in the development sector. He has a strong understanding of project management, and leads a staff team in various programmes. He has committed involvement in programme planning and implementation, capacity-building of field workers, representing projects in project management committee meetings, documentation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and developing communication materials. He is also a trainer and NGO consultant. His span of experience include working with differently able children, juvenile girl children, migrant children, orphaned and semi-orphaned children, drug addicts, HIV/AIDS victims and affected persons/children. He is involved in rescue and rehabilitation of babies from infanticide.

Mrs S. Arputha Mary – Migrant Labour

Team Leader & Trainer

Mrs. S. Aruputha Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi and Master’s Degree in Child Care Education at Alagappa University, Karakadai, Tamil Nadu. She pursued a diploma in Community Development and Child Welfare at the Nava Nicmana Social Institute, Chennai.

After completing her studies, she worked in Bihar among children, particularly school dropouts, and disadvantaged women. She gained professional experience working in HIV/AIDS prevention project.

Currently in SAVE she is spearheading a fieldwork team that liaises with non-Tamil-speaking Indian migrants in Tirupur. She interacts with the wider community and provides training to migrant workers in the areas of occupational safety, labour rights (including linking migrant workers with local trade unions), stress management, gender and sexual harassment. She continues to assist underprivileged women.

Mr. Felix Jeyakumar – APC

Team Leader & Trainer

Mr.Felix Jeya Kumar has been is an active worker at SAVE for the past 18 years. He is in charge of prevention of child labour programs and sensitization programs in and around Tirupur. He is involved in the rehabilitation, health care, and psycho-social counselling of the tsunami victims of 2004. He was nominated as the Social Entrepreneur for the year 2008 by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for focussed youth development in Nagapattinam district. In 2009, he attended the international trainers’ training on psycho-social care in Sri Lanka on behalf of Basic Needs. In 2017, he participated in a knowledge gathering training on “Gender Academy,” a global event on gender, work, and development in the ITC-ILO Campus, Turin, Italy.

From 2010 onwards, he works as trainer and member of the fact finding machinery for identifying the challenges and denial of rights of textile workers, and has been supporting them with legal assistance.

Ms. S. Antony Selvi

Finance & Administration

Ms. S. Anthony Selvi holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Diploma in Data Preparation and Computer Software. She started her career as a computer teacher in a matriculation school. She underwent financial management trainings and made a successful transition to accounts in the year 2004 and worked as an accounts assistant in a garment unit before joining SAVE in 2007. She is currently Accountant (Administration) of SAVE.

She holds responsibility for maintaining finance records of the organisation as part of the administration.

Ms. G. Suseela - CRC

M&E Officer

Ms G. Suseela completed her Diploma in Cooperative Training in 1995 and underwent apprenticeship training at the Periyar District Cooperative Society, Nambiyur, in 1994. She completed her Diploma in Advanced Computer Software in 1998 at Satyamangalam, while simultaneously completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the Annamalai University.

She started work at the Handloom Weavers’ Coop Society and served from 1998 to 2000. She joined an export company as cashier and worked from 2000 to 2003. In the year 2008 she joined SAVE team and is in charge of M & E in CRC unit. Her responsibilities include managing the programs of CRC and coordinating the CRC team members.

Ms. S. Usharani - LRC & PPC

M&E Officer

Ms. Usharani has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology (IT) from the K.S. Rangaswamy College of Technology, Trichencode. She joined a software solutions company in Chennai as a system trainer in 2007. Subsequently she joined Cheran College for Women, Tirupur as a system administrator in 2010. She took a brief break after this to spend time with her family. She joined SAVE in 2015 and is currently employed as M&E programmer.

C. Devaki - VSDC

Team Leader

S. Muthulakshmi

Accounts Assistant