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.
Sevalaya houses many kids like Ilayaraja, each with tons of potential. All they need is a helping hand to realize their dreams. You can give with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED.
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What the beneficiary gets
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.
5 July, 2020
Memorable learning experiences
Memorable learning experiences
On 7th September 2019, 200 children of Sevalaya had a memorable day. As guests of His Excellency the Governor of Tamilnadu, Banwarilal Purohit, they attended a colourful function at the Raj Bhavan. They had tea with the host and received gifts from him.
200 students of the Children’s Home and 8 care takers went on a trip to Vandalur Zoo on 25th August 2019. The children were thrilled to see crocodiles, snakes, many species of birds, zebra, monkeys and wild animals like bear, the white lion and the white tiger. The trip was sponsored by Rotary Club of Madras Magnum.
198 children from Sevalaya participated in Rotary Diwali Nite at VGP, orgnised by Rotary Club Dist 3232 Universal Kingdom on 12th October 2019. The children were welcomed with breakfast. They then played on the various ries and had fun. Delicious lunch was served to them students. It was a fun filled day out for the children.
24 students from Sevalaya's Children's homes participated in the 27th Rotary Neeta Talent contest for children held at Kamaraj Memorial Hall by Rotary Club of Madras T Nagar and Neeta Memorial Charitable Trust on 22nd November 2019. Orphans and differently abled children from 50 NGOs participated in this programme. Sevalaya children presented 2 group dances and 1 skit in their alloted time of 10 minutes. Sevalaya students won the overall 2nd prize in this event. 3 students participated in the drawing competition. Bhoopathi of Std IX bagged the first prize among 50 participants.
22 July, 2019
Sevalaya’s Mother Teresa Girl’s Home and Swami Vivekananda Boy’s Home houses nearly 170 children. The children are mostly orphan and destitute. The children are provided with quality food, education, opportunities for skill development and talent promotion in an atmosphere of love and care. The children do their prayers in the morning and evening. They are provided fruits twice a week and ragi porridge daily morning. Medical Checkups are conducted regularly.
Nila Mutram activity is conducted on every Saturday evening. During this activity, children selected a theme every week and act it in the form of telling stories, drama and dance. This helps them to get a wide knowledge on various topics. The residents of the Children’s Home are instilled with a sense of social responsibility by interacting with the residents of the Old Age Home. They also get to understand their responsibility towards sustainable environment by learning organic farming and other eco-friendly initiatives. All these together make them confident, well- rounded citizens of the future. The children were taken to temple every Friday and they sing devotional songs.
Sevalaya’s Hostel students actively participated in Rally on the theme of creating awareness of Voting to the nearby village people at Puliyur . It was organized by Dr. Ambedkar Law University – NSS Students. This was held during the month of March 2019. Sevalaya’s Hostel Students actively participated in the Motivational Class conducted by Ms. Santhi, Headmistress of Alamathi School. The students thoroughly enjoyed the session. This was conducted during the month of February. Also, visited the Station Mandir, CRPF at Avadi during the month of January.
Sevalaya is doing work in ensuring the good health of the Children’s Home residents. In addition, there are comprehensive playing facilities for the children. This again abides by Swami Vivekananda’s dictum that a good game of football can do as much to the awakening of the spirit as reading of the Gita.
Story from the field
Sathish R, now 13 years old, is from Old Karuvakshi, in Villupuram comes from a poor family background. His father Mr. Raja and mother Ms. Sivagami are brickworkers, as they do not have sufficient income to educate their son and were very much worried. When Sevalaya came to know about this, Sevalaya took responsibility on taking care of Sathish R, who is studying in Class IX, is a well disciplined boy, who maintains and keeps his surroundings neat and clean. He is now staying in Sevalaya Hostel and continuing his studies. He has improved a lot after he joined in Sevalaya. He actively participated in the yoga training, fire awareness safety programme and also in other interesting activities like tongue twister. He is excellent in drawing and won runner price Playing Hand Ball recently conducted in competition held in Erode. His performance is always well appreciated by the teachers.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||200|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||175|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Kasuva Village, Thiruvallur District|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||4357918|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||4385015.34|
30 October, 2018
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 FY18-19||200|
|Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year||176|
18 May, 2018
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.