Chatralayams

Last mile accessibility and high dropout rates often mean that students in rural areas find it hard to avail of opportunities for education. AIM for Seva has helped to address both issues through its network of Chatralayams or student hostels.

The origin of the model lay in Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s conversation with a tribal woman in 1999, when he visited the hills of the Anaikatti range in Tamil Nadu. Swami Dayananda Saraswati was astonished to discover more than 100 tiny hamlets nestled within the mountains. In one of the villages, he enquired of an elderly lady from the Irula tribe, “What help do you need?” The lady, named Papammal, immediately responded “Swami, my children need to walk seven kilometers to school, across the forest which is very unsafe. Why don’t you build a hostel and help them go to school?”

Swami Dayananda Saraswati inferred that the last mile education conundrum in India could be resolved by establishing a hostel network across the country, wherein the hostels would be situated in close proximity to schools. Students could live in this place and attend the nearby school. The hostel environment would be clean and neat and would focus on providing an education plus support. This would include tuition, fortified food, yoga, music and other extracurricular activities. These free student hostels came to be known as Chatralayams.

The first Chatralayam was set up in 2001 in Anaikatti. Today, AIM for Seva has 104 Chatralayams across 16 states in India – and it is through this network that we help to enable access to value-based education to children in rural India.

All our Chatralayams are managed by our sadhu and sadhvi coordinators, who have been disciples of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The staff employed at our Chatralayams (free student hostels) comprise a warden, cook and a helper. Security personnel and CCTV (close circuited television) provide ample protection and a secure environment for our students.

MILESTONES:

2001: First Chatralayam for boys instituted in Tamil Nadu

2004: First Chatralayam for girls instituted in Andhra Pradesh

2014:  AIM for Seva’s 100th Chatralayam instituted in Uttar Pradesh

Chatralayam Locations

13 Chatralayams | 313 Boys | 112 Girls

Anantapur District | 20 villages supported | 12 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Chittoor District | 20 villages supported | 10 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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East Godavari District | 20 villages supported | 31 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Guntur District | 20 villages supported | 39 boys educated
Kosuri-Doraiswamy AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Guntur District | 20 villages supported | 30 girls educated
Lalitha Devi Sistla AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Kadapa District | 20 villages supported | 51 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Krishna District | 20 villages supported | 16 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Krishna District | 20 villages supported | 30 boys educated
Tiruvikrama Bala AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Kurnool District | 20 villages supported | 63 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Tribal Girls Chatralayam

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Prakasam District | 20 villages supported | 53 boys educated
G.V.K.C. AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Vizianagaram District | 20 villages supported | 55 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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West Godavari District | 20 villages supported | 19 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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West Godavari District | 20 villages supported | 16 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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1 Chatralayam  |  45 Boys

Sheikhpura District | 20 villages supported | 45 boys educated
Sumitra Surma AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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1 Chatralayam  |  26 Boys 

Rajnandgaon District | 20 villages supported | 26 boys educated
Sonal Kotecha AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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9 Chatralayams  |  232 Boys  |  62 Girls

Ahmedabad District | 20 villages supported | 18 boys educated
Hiraben & Shantilal Shah Hostel AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Amreli District | 20 villages supported | 30 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Dahod District | 20 villages supported | 21 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Adivasi Chatralayam for Boys

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Kheda District | 20 villages supported | 50 girls educated
Ohm Shri Shiv Sankalp Seva Trust AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Panchmahal District | 20 villages supported | 9 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Adivasi Chatralayam for Boys

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Panchmahal District | 20 villages supported | 12 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Adivasi Chatralayam for Girls

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Panchmahal District | 20 villages supported | 73 boys educated
Mayur Patel AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Rajkot District | 20 villages supported | 40 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Surat District | 20 villages supported | 39 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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1 Chatralayams  |  43 Boys 

Rohtak District | 20 villages supported | 43 boys educated
Shri Chunilal Vij AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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12 Chatralayams  |  370 Boys  |  203 Girls

Bagalkot District | 20 villages supported | 60 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Bangalore District | 20 villages supported | 44 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Belgaum District | 20 villages supported | 45 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Belgaum District | 20 villages supported | 40 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Belgaum District | 20 villages supported | 35 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Bellary District | 20 villages supported | 15 boys educated
Smt. Rudramma Gorli AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Bidar District | 20 villages supported | 71 girls educated
Dr. Rangrao N Jadhav AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Chikkamagalur District | 20 villages supported | 47 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Chikkballapur District | 20 villages supported | 48 girls educated
Smt. Sowmya Kesanupalli AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Dharwad District | 20 villages supported | 17 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Mysore District | 20 villages supported | 40 boys educated
Sri Kaveri AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Udupi District | 20 villages supported | 103 boys educated
Jaya Smrithi Dhama AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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3 Chatralayams  |  57 Boys 

Alappuzha District | 20 villages supported | 18 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Palakkad District | 20 villages supported | 27 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Thiruvananthapuram District | 20 villages supported | 12 boys educated
Janaka Janani Kripa Gurukulam AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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11 Chatralayams  |  493 Boys  |  87 Girls

Dewas District | 20 villages supported | 72 boys educated
AIM for Seva Pushpeshwar Chatralayam for Boys

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Dewas District | 20 villages supported | 62 girls educated
Gayathri Devi AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Dindori District | 20 villages supported | 57 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Hoshangabad District | 20 villages supported | 74 boys educated
Smt. Jamunabai Chanchlani AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Indore District | 20 villages supported | 59 boys educated
Bapu-Buddh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Jabalpur District | 20 villages supported | 43 boys educated
Late Baldevraj Papneja AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Katni District | 20 villages supported | 71 boys educated
Bhim Saroj Khanna and Gera Nirula AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Khandwa District | 20 villages supported | 32 boys educated
Maa Anandmayi Tripura Vidyapitha AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Khargone District | 20 villages supported | 26 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Khargone District | 20 villages supported | 25 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Narsinghpur District | 20 villages supported | 59 boys educated
Smt. Krishna Rani Papneja AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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11 Chatralayams  |  387 Boys  |  33 Girls

Kolhapur District | 20 villages supported | 14 boys educated
Ravi Rai Ces AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Nagpur District | 20 villages supported | 62 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Pune District | 20 villages supported | 42 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Pune District | 20 villages supported | 28 boys educated
Sadanand AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Pune District | 20 villages supported | 30 boys educated
Smt. Susheela & Shri. Madhukar Rao AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Pune District | 20 villages supported | 41 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Sindhudurga District | 20 villages supported | 45 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Sindhudurga District | 20 villages supported | 40 boys educated
Dayasagar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Sindhudurga District | 20 villages supported | 33 girls educated
Kumari Deepa Devi Singh AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Wardha District | 20 villages supported | 52 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Washim District | 20 villages supported | 33 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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2 Chatralayams | 54 Boys

Kalahandi District | 20 villages supported | 28 boys educated
Dayasagar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Keonjhar District | 20 villages supported | 26 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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1 Chatralayam | 26 Boys

Puducherry District | 20 villages supported | 26 boys educated
IEROM AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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2 Chatralayams | 141 Boys

Jaipur District | 20 villages supported | 96 boys educated
Arsha Vidya Tirtha AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys
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Udaipur District | 20 villages supported | 45 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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24 Chatralayams | 625 Boys | 246 Girls

Coimbatore District | 20 villages supported | 55 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Tribal Boys Chatralayam

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Coimbatore District | 20 villages supported | 39 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Tribal Girls Chatralayam

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Cuddalore District | 20 villages supported | 30 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Dharmapuri District | 20 villages supported | 27 boys educated
Anugraha Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Dharmapuri District | 20 villages supported | 22 girls educated
Emirates AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Dindigul District | 20 villages supported | 36 boys educated
Dayasagar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Erode District | 20 villages supported | 27 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Kancheepuram District | 20 villages supported | 37 boys educated
S. Viswanathan Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Kanyakumari District | 20 villages supported | 29 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Kodavasal | 20 villages supported | 33 boys educated
Swami Dayananda Residential Vedic Chatralayam

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Namakkal District | 20 villages supported | 100 boys educated
AIM for Seva Sat Dharma Trust Chatralayam for Boys

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Perambalur District | 20 villages supported | 41 boys educated
Swami Ranganathananda Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Thanjavur District | 20 villages supported | 20 boys educated
Bragathsundara Kujambal AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Theni District | 20 villages supported | 52 boys educated
Seshachariar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Tirupur District | 20 villages supported | 67 girls educated
Atmalaya Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Tiruvannamalai District | 20 villages supported | 31 boys educated
Kuppusamy AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Tiruvarur District | 20 villages supported | 36 boys educated
Arun-Divya AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Tiruvarur District | 20 villages supported | 20 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls (Senior)

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Tiruvarur District | 20 villages supported | 37 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls (Junior)

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Tiruvarur District | 20 villages supported | 24 boys educated
Smt. Sukanya Shankar Memorial AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Vellore District | 20 villages supported | 22 girls educated
AIM for Seva Dayatirtha Chatralayam for Girls

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Vellore District | 20 villages supported | 22 boys educated
Venkat Shanker AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Villuppuram District | 20 villages supported | 39 girls educated
Bhavani Arun AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Villuppuram District | 20 villages supported | 25 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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5 Chatralayams  |  211 Boys

Adilabad District | 20 villages supported | 45 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Kamareddy District | 20 villages supported | 34 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Khammam District | 20 villages supported | 20 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Mahbubnagar District | 20 villages supported | 37 boys educated
Smt & Sri Satoor Rajasri & Rajalingam Goud AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Medchal-Malkajgiri District | 20 villages supported | 75 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Tribal Boys Chatralayam

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5 Chatralayams | 193 Boys | 30 Girls

Bhadohi District | 20 villages supported | 83 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Ghaziabad District | 20 villages supported | 27 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Lucknow District | 20 villages supported | 55 boys educated
Shri Giridhari Lal Seth & Dr AB Seth AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys
(AIM for Seva 100th Chatralayam for Boys)

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Mirzapur District | 20 villages supported | 28 boys educated
Seth Bhavani Das Binani AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Unnao District | 20 villages supported | 30 girls educated
Madhu & Rajkumar Nigam AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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3 Chatralayams | 52 Boys | 15 Girls

Chamoli District | 20 villages supported | 16 boys educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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Dehradun District | 20 villages supported | 15 girls educated
Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls

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Pauri Garhwal District | 20 villages supported | 36 boys educated
Rani Girija Devi AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys

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