The ACORD Trust is started to impart technical knowhow to the rural people with the locally available raw materials, to train them the basic knowledge in the administration of local bodies and redressal of grievances by approaching the appropriate personnel, etc., The Trust’s topmost priority is to give training to the members of the SHGs and village people. It is not out of place to mention that both the Trust and the participants have benefitted with the financial assistance of the Government and Agencies. The Trust has been organizing Training programmes and Seminars in various Panchayats, a few of them is given. I. A seven days Training Programme was conducted from 3.8.06 to 6.10.06 in a phased manner. 12 members from 180 SHG from 36 Panchayats and this in total 2160 members participated. They were given training in the basic functions of organizing SHG, manufacturing of products, maintaining of accounts, marketing of finished products, etc., A special programme was arranged for the Animators and Representatives of the SHG. Two each from 180 Unions participated. The 360 members took part in a 3-day programme. While the Animators were given training to lead the SHG’s in the basic functions of the SHG and administrating the Representatives to look after the basic facilities for the local people by representing to the appropriate body. The concept of the people, for the people and by the people is taught to all the people. II. A programme was arranged for the people of Tsunami hit area in Thoothukudi District. They were trained to make household and ornamental products out of palm leaves. This gave them self reliance from their income. This Skill Development Programme was conducted in Manapadu Village of Udankudi Taluk in Thoothukudi District from 9.5.07 to 9.6.07 in which 396 members from 25 SHGs participated and benefitted. III. Another Training Programme contemplated by the P.O. Mahalir Thittam, Madurai District was conducted in Kottampatti Panchayat Union and then in Tirupal Panchayat Union. This 7 day programme from 27.5.09 to 3.6.09 and 18.6.09 to 25.6.09 respectively. 35 members from 2 SHGs participated. The extensive training programme was arranged to make handy products from palm leaf and coconut leaf with the raw materials available in the locality in abundance. These programmes gave them to develop the skill among the rural people and make them self reliance in all aspects. It is well aware that ours is a developing country in Agriculture, science and Technology. 70% of people are still bellow the poverty line even after 62 years of independence. Our foremost objective is to uplift these people by launching suitable training programmes. Out of ignorance, most of the people are addicted to smoking inspite of many steps taken by Government. Our mission is to make the villages smoke free villages. The Trust is launching many programmes to release them from the clutches of smoking.