St. Anne’s Rural Women Development Education and Empowerment Programme, (SARWODEEP) a Social Service Unit of Sisters of St. Anne’s Congregation at Periyakulam, Tamilnadu, was started in 1990 with the motto “To Restore the Oppressed People from any form of Depression and Enslavement, which Leads to Peace, Justice and Balanced Development of All” and it provides the social dimension to the educational system and involves the socially consciencetized faculty members and the student volunteers from JAC in the activities of SARWODEEP meant for the target group of rural women, children and deserted women and widows, to liberate them from all kinds of shackles in life and work towards their betterment.
Women Self Help Groups:SARWODEEP founded 216 women self help groups consisting 2617 rural women in partnership with Mahalir Thittam, Tamilnadu women’s development corporation Ltd., Chennai, to engage them in savings, internal lending, credit linkages, availing loans and economic assistance for income generation activities with subsidy from the government.
PERIYAKULAM ST. ANNE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Affiliated to NIOS/TNOU, provides career oriented courses to the rural women especially school dropouts and married women, to make them employable and procure them easy access to jobs.
ANNE’S DAY CARE CENTRE
It accommodates the children between the age group of 3 to 5 and prepares them for primary education at regular schools.
ANNE’S DAY STAR
it is established for the mentally challenged children to promote self help and make them acceptable to their parents and neighbours.
ANNE’S COMMUNICATION AND CULTURAL ACADEMY (ACCA PRINTING PRESS)
It provides employment to the physically challenged destitute and rural women.
EARLY INTERVENTION CENTRE FOR MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN
The Government of Tamilnadu, Department of Rehabilitation, Chennai have approved for the establishment of two Early Intervention Centres for MR in Theni District with 25 children in each of them with 5 staff members to care of, to train the children.
ST. ANNE’S TAILORING & TYPEWRITING INSTITUTE
It widens the scope for self-employment.