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Sevalaya


"The first of everything should go to the poor. You have right to only what remains" - Swami Vivekananda

Sevalaya is a registered charitable organization (registered as a Charitable Trust under Charitable Trust Act Regn. No: 100/88). It runs an destitute home for orphan and poor children in the village of Kasuva near Thirunninravur about 40 kms west of Chennai, a coastal metropolis in South India. It is also engaged in activities for the welfare of the poor and the deprived.

Brief History

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 villages.

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

Destitute Home
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 their talents.

School
The 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.

Medical Center
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

Library
The 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 next year.

Goshala
The 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.

Community
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 per annum

Sharing your joy/special occasion on any day.
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/-

Permanent Endowment.
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 building.
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 list
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,
Registered Office
3, I Link Street,
Karpagam Gardens,
Adyar, Chennai - 600 020
sevalaya@vsnl.com (+91) 44 - 446-8202 Fax 446-8205

Service Center
Kasuva Village,
Pakkam P.O.,
Near Thiruninravur,
PIN: 602024
(+91) 44 - 6344243, 6344244

Getting there:
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.


 

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