Inspired by Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi & Mahakavi Bharathi
Sevalaya was founded by five young people - Mr. V. Muralidharan, Mr.K.
Thangaraj, Ms. M.Bhuvaneswari, Mr. V.Dwarakanath and Ms. V.Lalitha.
It started functioning on May 29, 1988 with 5 children in a small
rented house at Sivanvoil village. During 1990-91, with the support
of philanthropic minded public, Sevalaya began operating its own premises
situated in 1.52 acres of own land at Kasuva, a remote village near
Chennai which did not have any medical and schooling facilities.
In 1991 Mahakavi Bharathiyar Kalvi Nilayam (School) was started.
In 1993 Mahatma Gandhi Health Care Centre started functioning. During
1995-96 Swami Vivekananda Library was opened. All the above facilities
are provided free of cost to all the villagers of Kasuva and neighbouring
Sevalaya has taken upon itself this role of the society and is determined
to play its part to its best ability. Sevalaya accepts responsibility
of supporting these children till they are able to stand on their
own legs. It is also our desire that the children so brought up should
become good citizens and help the society to the best of their abilities.
Today Sevalaya owns 5 acres of land and shelters 148 children .
Sevalaya renders its services without any distinction of caste, creed,
religion, language, gender, etc. The children in the home and the
school are brought up in an atmosphere free from such prejudices.
They are imparted good value systems, particularly the teachings of
Gandhi, Bharathi and Vivekananda who are the inspirers for the organization
The Swami Vivekananda Home for Boys and Mother Theresa Home for girls
house the 74 boys and 74 girls . They are cared for by 4 hostel wardens.
The children are brought up in an atmosphere free from prejudices
based on caste, creed, gender, language, religion, etc. Sevalaya's
aim is to make the children self-reliant. They support them till they
are on their own. They support their higher studies in ITI/Jr. College,
etc till they find suitable employment. They constantly identify special
talents(e.g., music, arts) in our children and encourage them in developing
Mahakavi Bharathiyar school is a free school, from Balwadi (pre-K)
to 10th std. for children at the home and from neighbouring villages.
There are 371 students today in all. The staff includes 15 teachers
& 1 volunteer. The school provides value-based education with special
emphasis on craft-education to enable them to become self-reliant.
The children are imparted the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda
and Mahakavi Bharathi, who are the inspirers for the organization.
They have currently embarked on a project to construct a school complex
to provide better facilities.
The Mahatma Gandhi Free Medical center provides health-care for the
children & staff at the home. A Nurse practitioner and visiting doctors
manage the center. The center is also open for all people from neighbouring
villages and provides much needed medical facilities free-of-charge.
Periodic health camps are conducted by this center when a team of
specialists visit and conduct check-ups. Follow-up action is taken
by the nurse practitioner. An average of 150 patients visit every
week. The center also administers/distributes medicines
Swami Vivekananda library contains over 4000 books including rare
volumes such as Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda.
Several biographies of famous people, children's books, books on self-improvement,
etc are available. The library also has a reading room and subscribes
to magazines such as 'Wisdom' and 'Ramakrishna Vijayam'. The library
is open for the people from Kasuva & other nearby villages. The library
is run by an volunteer
Old Age Home
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Old Age Home is a proposed facility to
provide food & shelter for destitute old men and women. The Japan
Embassy sanctioned a grant for $65,000 towards the construction of
the old age home at Sevalaya. The building construction is expected
to complete shortly and the old age home is expected to function early
Vinobhaji Goshala is a haven for cows. We rear cows which provide
good milk for the children. We also protect cows that have out-lived
their period of "utility" and will otherwise be destined for the slaughter-house.
The Goshala is managed by the children and a full time staff.
Today, the Sevalaya community consists of 148 children (74
boys and 74 girls aged four through fifteen) that are under the care
of the home, 223 children from neighbouring villages that study at
the Mahakavi Bharathiyar school. 4 resident wardens, 1 nurse, 15 teachers,
4 non-teaching staff, 1 volunteer, visiting doctors, the board of
trustees, the advisory committee members and numerous well-wishers
& sponsors from all over the world such as yourself!
The campus is self-sufficient in many ways - They grow their vegetables,
tend to the cows at the goshala, take care of the environment around
them and of course they also have lots of fun playing games. The children
produce a magazine in Tamil called Vidiyal Currently, only a single-copy
of this magazine is published as the entire magazine is handcrafted.
You can make a difference
Sponsoring 1 child
You can sponsor one child at the destitute home at (INR) Rs.4,200
Sharing your joy/special occasion on any
You can share your joy on a day that is special to you (e.g. your
birth anniversary, wedding, etc.) with the children at Sevalaya by
sponsoring their meals for that day.
Milk (Morning or Evening) Rs. 300/
Breakfast Rs. 750/-
Meals (one-time) Rs. 1000/-
Meals (one-time) with fruits/sweet Rs.1500/-
Meals (whole day) Rs.2500/-
Meals (whole day) with fruits/sweet Rs.3000/-
You can sponsor meals for the children on a particular day of your
choice every year with a one-time endowment.
Meals Rs. 25000/-
Meals with sweet Rs. 30000/-
Helping construction of the new school
We have embarked upon a project to construct a school complex consisting
of four floors with well-ventilated and lighted class rooms, a well
equipped library, science & computer laboratories, an auditorium,
a prayer hall, play ground, etc. We appeal to you to donate liberally
for this noble cause.
Sponsor items from the children's wish
We have asked the children and the teachers to create a Wish list
of things for their class/school. If you would like to sponsor any
item from the list please let us know what items you would like to
sponsor and mail us a check for the total amount.
All cheques should be drawn in the name of Sevalaya and should be
mailed to the following address below,
3, I Link Street,
Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
firstname.lastname@example.org (+91) 44 - 446-8202 Fax 446-8205
(+91) 44 - 6344243, 6344244
From Chennai Central Suburban Station please take trains going to
Tiruvallur or Arakkonam; alight at Thiruninravur (50 minutes travel
from Chennai Central). From Thiruninravur take buses going to Periya
palayam alight at Kasuva village. The last 1.5 kilo metres has to
be walked. There are sign posts.