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YMCA Officials meet with Mahatma Gandhi in 1924http://www.ymca.net/images/ws_about_india.jpg
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YMCA Officials meet with Mahatma Gandhi in 1924





MAHATMA GANDHI'S 1924 meeting YMCA OFFICIALS MARTHANDOM YMCA SOUTH TRAVANCORE [NOW TAMILNADU] STARTED THE techniques of beekeeping IN INDIA IN 1924 ,AS A PROGRAMME OF SELF EMPLOYMENT

HONEY is synonymous with Marthandam. In the year 1924, Dr.Spencer Hatch,
a fraternal secretary from the North America, who was heading the YMCA Rural Centres, Marthandam during that period, found the existence of bees in the villages and in the hilly areas of South Travancore, brought the techniques of beekeeping from the home country and introduced among the poor villages around Marthandam as one of the self employment programmes. It was well accepted by the villagers and they could realize the importance of this trade. Thus, the YMCA Rural Centres, Marthandam pioneered in the field of Apiary in the country.From then on, the YMCA has been conducting the training in beekeeping. Thousands of beekeepers trained in the YMCA Rural Centres, Marthandam have been spread throughout the length and breadth of the Indian sub-continent.
Marthandam is on Facebook:-arthandam is the second biggest town next to Nagercoil & also a major trade centre across National Highway (NH 47) in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India, at the border with Kerala. Originally called Thoduvetty, it was a portion of Kanyakumari district which was added to the state of Tamil Nadu on November 1, 1956. Marthandam may have gotten its name from the ruler of Travancore, Marthanda Varma.Marthandam is famous for honey, nut processing, rubber and hand-embroidered
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INDIAN HONEY EXPORTS IN 2007--2008 Worth Rs. 933 MILLION RUPEES WORTH

Pune, August 8, 2009 (source: APEDA detailed product report for Natual Honey): India exported 12,231.2 metric tons (MT) of honey valued at Rs. 933 million to 41 countries during the year 2007-2008, according to the statistics provided by APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India).

YMCA India

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Hand captioned "Indian YMCA conference" and a YMCA sash can be seen.

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Uncaptioned, but it looks to me like quite a high-level gathering. Possible YMCA connections.

That was the philosophy of Spencer Hatch, the agriculturalist sent by YMCA World Service to Southern India in 1921, to head up the Rural Reconstruction Center in Martandam, an extremely impoverished area.One family at a time. One village at a time.
Hatch believed in teaching poor families practical skills that would double their incomes, such as bee-keeping and raising poultry or goats. By producing their own honey, eggs and milk, families could rise out of poverty.
Local YMCA leaders administered the program and were in charge of a school set up to teach practical courses, such as sanitation and health, leadership, improvement of livestock and co-op marketing.
In 1924, Mahatma Gandhi personally requested the president of the National Council of YMCAs in India, Dr. S. K. Datta, to serve as a member of the Unity Conference on relations between Hindus and Mohammedans.
In addition to rural reconstruction, the YMCA has conducted numerous educational courses on topics such as family health care, hygiene and vocational training. It has sponsored crusades to end hunger, literacy programs, job training and recreation for all children, including the blind. The YMCA has also established boys' homes, youth hostels and facilities for the disabled and destitute.
This tradition of YMCA World Service continues through efforts initiated and carried out by the people of India
themselves, without regard to religious or political affiliations.





MARTHANDOM YMCA PHOTO 1924 SHOWING HANDLOOM PRODUCTION USING GANDHI'S CHARKHA