"What good did the creature of the earth do to the clouds that pour the rain? So indeed should you serve society seeking no return. There is no pleasure in this world or in the other world equal to the joy of being helpful to those around you. Do not lose the opportunity for this rare pleasure."
(THIRUKKURAL is one of the greatest poetical composition of antiquity written ever in Indian Literature)
New children are admitted to our orphanage periodically. We normally admit kids who have lost both their parents. Currently, total strength of our ashram is 300. Inflow of children is balanced with the outflow of children that graduate from 10th class every year. Generally, children who have one parent alive are not admitted, but the ashram board makes certain exceptions based on their poverty levels etc. Pure orphans are our first priority.
We provide a hygienic environment, balanced nutritious food, clothing, shelter, education, morals, basic family values, culture, and above all the true value of love and affection.
We get an unexplainable sense of satisfaction by serving these children.
Old Age Home:
The idea of starting an old age home was proposed by His Holiness Sankaracharya of Kanchee Mutt when he visited the orphanage. It is due to his efforts a home for the aged was started in the year 1985 and inaugurated by SHRI R.Venkataraman, the then honorable vice-president of india.
One of the major advantages of our organization is that all the 300 orphaned kids have the support of the 80+ senior citizens who themselves are neglected by their kith and kin. The kids do not feel that they are born as orphans and they can select one or more of the 80 senior citizens as their father, mother, grandma or grandpa. In return, the senior citizens get love and affection from more than 300 tiny tots when they need it the most.
We currently have approximately 20 employees helping take care of the orphanage and the old age home.
The Ashram has a dispensary in which a Doctor takes care of not only the kids & elders of the institution, but also the villagers of Chengalpattu MGR District. In addition to taking care of the physical health by having Doctors, Nurses, and Ayas to support thousands of human beings within our premises, we also take care of mental health needs such as counselling, outdoor activities, keeping the environment clean with greenery and so on thereby resulting in upbeat perspective of life for everyone.
The organization runs both primary and high schools accredited by the State Government, which benefits the orphans and thousands of rural children in and around Chengalpattu MGR District.
Total number of children in all schools = ~4000
Total number of staff & caretakers = ~300
Total number of villages served = ~50
SOME OF OUR KEY & UNIQUE INITIATIVES
A Seminar On Promotion Of National Integration And Mass Feeding :
Dr. S. Rajaram wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to sanction grants for conducting 5 Seminars during 5 National Festivals of our Country. The Government accepted his suggestion for a seminar and mass feeding for thousands of villagers for five festivals. Due to his initiative the organization conducted seminars on promotion of national integration and mass feeding by inviting key individuals and Ministers. Thousands of villagers attended the seminar and got benefited. This approach resulted as a very good platform for the villagers to understand the reality of life, create sense of Unity, and promote National Integration.
Rehabilitation Of Srilanka Orphan Children:
The riots in Sri Lanka was a rude shock for everyone as the people from Indian origin were badly affected. When the trouble started, Dr. S. Rajaram wrote to the Government of India that he is prepared to admit 50 orphan children who are parentless or helpless in the orphanage and try to rehabilitate them. He proceeded to the refugee camp in Mandapam near Rameswaram and worked in the relief camp for a week along with Shri Ramakrishna Mission. He identified the children and fulfilled all the formalities and gave asylum to 50 orphan children at Sivananda Gurukulam.