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You can help a poor child like Raja chase their dreams!

Ilayaraja is from a poor family. He lost his father when he was a child and his mother was the only earning member of their family. She sold peanuts at a railway station.

This hardly got her enough money to feed her three children every day. Since she struggled to make ends meet, education was not even an option for her kids. She had to make the painful decision to place Ilayaraja in the care of Sevalaya.

But Sevalya proved to be a blessing for the family. They provided Ilayaraja a safe space to learn and grow. They gave him shelter, a caring environment and good food. They looked after his education so that he would have a chance to make more of his life.

Ilayaraja was a bright student and worked hard. With Sevalaya's support, he graduated school and did a course in Computer Science. Today, he is employed in Tata Consultancy Services. When he visits Sevalaya, the kids there look up to him as a role model.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Shelter Home
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Sevalaya's Swami Vivekananda Boys Home and Mother Teresa Girls Home for destitute boys and girls provide shelter for orphans, poor and destitute boys and girls. Nutritious food, clothing shelter, good education and medical aid are provided to all these children.

The family background of the children is verified when they are brought to Sevalaya for admission. Close to 2000 children have been provided with free education through this program. Every year 150 destitute children take shelter in the home. Food, shelter, clothing and basic education should be the right of every child. Poverty should not be a hurdle for any child to have access to basic rights.

You can donate to this program and change that for a child. You can see a child like Iiiayaraja grow up to achieve his dreams.

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About The NGO

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Sevalaya is a registered charitable Trust and work in poor villages around Tamil Nadu.Their vision is to serve the rural poor and transform them into an equitable, happy and fulfilled society with an improved quality of life.The organization is professionally managed and is governed by a Board of Trustees with a deep commitment to social development, drawn from varied backgrounds.

An advisory committee, consisting of people who have experience in various fields, share their experience and skills with the trustees and employees of Sevalaya, on a regular basis. Sevalaya draws its inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, and Mahakavi Subramania Bharathiyar. Sevalaya's Vision is based the following three mantras: "Educating even one poor child is holier than constructing thousands of temples" - Mahakavi Bharathi,

"India lives in its villages. The country can't be called developed until the last village is developed" - Mahatma Gandhi

"God comes in the form of food for a hungry person. Providing food is more important than teaching religion" Swami Vivekananda

Their longtime goal is to start a free University for the benefit of orphans, the destitute and poor children.

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Ngo Founder
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

V. Muralidharan

Area of Operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

destitute | education

Location Of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Tamil Nadu

Sevalaya has

provided free quality education to 2058 underprivileged students

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Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2014: Best Chennai-ite BIG Social Initiative

2016: Adarsh Pita Gaurav Purskar

2016: Maharashtra State AIDS Control Socitey

2014: Amazing Indians

2014: GuideStar India NGO Transparency Awards 2016

2016: World of Children Award 2016

2012: Lifetime Achievement Award

2014: Guidestar India Transparency Award 2016

2016: National Gold Karamaveery Chakra

2014: Award for Most Committed NGO of the Year

2016: Guide Star Transparency Award

2016: Best NGO Award

2017: Health Care Leadership Award 2012

2017: Amazing Indians Award

2017: Advanced Level- Guidestar India Platinum

2016: Pune Samman

2015: Civil Society Hall of Fame

2015: Outstanding institution for Social Work

2014: Times Now-"Amazing Indians Award"

2016: Spirit of Humanity Education Award

2016: Rashtra Vibhushan Award

2015: The International Alliance for Women Award

2014: Women's achiever award - NGO category

2016: Airtel Delhi Half Marathon - 2014

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Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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Program Updates

Program Updates

30 October, 2018

Sevalaya's Update


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Program Update

Sevalaya is a charity, registered in 1988.Inspired by Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, Sevalaya serves the poor, orphan and destitute children and senior citizens and works for rural development. Sevalaya's Swami Vivekananda Boys Home and Mother Teresa Girls Home shelter around 175+ orphan/destitute children. Sevalaya provides food and accommodation, education, health care, sports, dance, music, entertainment, tours, skill development trainings and talent promotion in an atmosphere of love and care. These children are taken care of till they become self-reliant.. Many children are now well placed as software engineers, bankers, teachers / professors, police, electricians and mechanics.

Story from the field

V N Jagan from Mamandur near Thiruthani lost his mother when he was 7 years old. His father earns a living by grinding idli batter and selling it. Jagan's grandparents stay with them but his grandfather is blind and grandmother is too old to take care of the children. Jagan who is now in Std VIII and his brother came under Sevalaya's care this year. "I love this place. I feel at home here. My appa (he refers to Boys Home caretaker G Krishnaswamy) takes very good care of me. I like the school very much" says a happy Jagan. Sudha Anand, a volunteer from Dubai and her son Siddharth who were recently at Sevalaya teaching Chess and Rubik's Cube to the children is amazed by Jagan's intelligence. "He quickly grasps and understands the concepts" observes Sudha. Jagan, who has always been a topper in his class, shows keen interest in sports. A very friendly boy, he helps other students and is very happy with the various opportunities he gets to explore his talents. "When I am well settled in life, I will come back to Sevalaya and be of service to the organisation which serves the needy" concludes Jagan.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19200
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year176

18 May, 2018

Sevalaya's update


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Sevalaya's special activity called Nila Mutram, was conducted for both old aged people and children who live without their parents. Elders shared their knowledge & stories with the kids. A small drama was performed by the kids in front of them, so that both kids and old aged people felt that they were united as if with their own grandparents and grandchildren. To improve self-knowledge and patriotism, we insisted the kids to select the books of Gandhiji, Vivekananda & Bharathiyar and present their book review once in a month. To motivate the kids, Sevalaya conducts education and entertainment tours periodically. Last month, we arranged a tour to Bangalore by flight which was an unforgettable experience for the kids! Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19 - 190 Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 - INR 4500000

Gomathi's story E. Gomathi came to Sevalaya at the age of 11. She began her studies here from Std VI. Her father had expired and her mother is a housemaid. She stays at Sevalaya hostel. She has a good helping tendency and engages herself in helping small children to get ready for school, at the same time ensuring that she is also present at school at the right time. She also assists aged persons living in the campus for their regular activities. Now she has reached the final stage of school in class XII. Though she is average in academics, our physical director identified her interest in sports and gave her special training in athletics for the past 5 years. She has also delivered hard work as an athlete, as a result of which she won Divisional level in 3000 & 5000 meters in athletics. She has now been shortlisted in Queen Mary's College for B.Sc Physical Education under sports quota.

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