Bullock-cart Workers Development Association (BWDA), registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act was started on 2nd October, 1985 with the mission of rendering selfless and dedicated service to empower poor bullock cart workers, rural artisans, needy women and children in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
In the first 12 years, BWDA formed self help groups (SHGs) of bullock cart workers and other weaker sections, especially women to build self sufficiency and facilitate empowerment and poverty alleviation. BWDA also linked SHGs to local banks to meet their credit needs for managing their livelihood and income generating activities. Later in 1999 BWDA started direct lending to improve access to finance to empower the underprivileged in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
BWDA has taken long strides in social development and appreciates the fact that a great deal can be achieved through education. Ensuring good education is essential for the survival of our nation and the sound growth of the younger generation. However, majority of our members are unable to send their children for higher education, due to economic inabilities.
BWDA Arts and Science College was started in June 2008 by Dr. C. Joslin Thambi, Founder of BWDA to address the disparity in access to educational facilities for the poor and lead the marginalized towards intellectual prosperity and thereby empower them. Our college seeks to provide educational inclusion for the downtrodden, marginal labourers, illiterate agricultural coolies and poor people from most backward communities who aspire higher education for their children. BWDA Arts & Science College seeks to amplify BWDA’s vision of a poverty free equitable society by using education as a tool for poverty alleviation.
BWDA has also established three schools and a polytechnic college to further access to education.