New Block Inaugurated in College

The Bhoomi Pooja of the M and  N Block at the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu,  was done on 5 March. The function saw participation of the staff and college students.

The main block has been expanded and now measures 16,760 square feet.  We thank India Nippon Electricals Limited and Lucas Indian Service Limited, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, for supporting extension work of the main block.

The donor of the N Block measuring  Block  measuring 26,996 square feet is Sri. Sandeep Raheja of Unique Estates Development Co. Limited. We thank Sri. Raheja for supporting our cause of educating rural India.

Caring for life

This is an institution that is built on care. Swami Dayananda Krupa Care provides care for the family, extended family, resident and the society at large by providing lifetime support to adults (men) with developmental disabilities. This facility provides answers to the big question confronting family members—‘Who After Me.’

Spread over 10 acres and located in Maduvanakarai in Sriperumbudur, 40 kms from Chennai, Swami Dayananda Krupa Care, Tamil Nadu provides lifelong care and individualised assistance in a spiritually uplifting living space.

We have 37 residents in the campus who live in a safe, secure and hygienic living environment. Swami Dayananda Krupa Care is built on 4 Cs:

  • Compassion for the aged parents
  • Compassion for the extended family
  • Compassion for the resident
  • Compassion towards the community

Our residents are engaged in various therapeutic activities throughout the day. The aim is to improve their happiness quotient and overall well being. Such activities include marbling, Goshala upkeep, nursery management, weaving and agarbatti making.

As we have created a proven model, the next step is make Swami Dayananda Krupa Care into ‘A Centre of Excellence’ for adults with developmental disabilities by adopting an integrated approach.

We are planning to build a resource and training centre, an activity centre, health station, expansion of living spaces and construction of other ancillary infrastructure.

If you would like to support us, please contact us at + 91 -44-24987955/66 or +91-9500060153, or write to us at contact@aimforseva.in

New Year: New Hostel for Boys

The formal inauguration of AIM for Seva’s Chatralayam for Boys in Tondikatti,  Karnataka was held on December 28 2019. Located in Belgaum district, this 4,595 square feet Chatralayam will support and provide value-based education to 100 boys from the neighbouring villages.

The Tondikatti hostel project is supported by LIC Housing Finance. Last April, a Bhoomi Pooja of the AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Tondikatti was held.

Guest and dignitaries from the nearby villages such as Bijaguppi, Bundikhurd, Kunnal, Kamakeri, Guttugoli and Hosakoti attended the event.

We thank LIC Housing Finance for supporting our journey in educating rural India.

World Disability Day celebrated at Swami Dayananda Krupa Care

It was a clear morning and a big day.  About 42 kms away from Chennai, the residents of Swami Dayananda Krupa Care got together to celebrate World Disability Day in a very special way.

The 10.5 acre facility located at Maduvankarai, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu bore a festive look with colourful festoons, balloons and decorative rangolis greeting the guests. World Disability Day was celebrated in the premises with Mr. B.Charles Prabakaran, assistant director Commissionerate for the Disabled Welfare, Tamil Nadu presiding over the function. Dr. Sathyodhan from the medical department at M/s. Delphi TVS was also part of the function.

The parents and extended family members and staff from AIM for Seva central office also participated in the function. The programme began with Bharata Desa Hitaya and it was followed by the lighting of the lamp.

Special Parent—Support Group by Swami Dayananda Krupa Care

In line with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3), Swami Dayananda Krupa Care has launched a Special Parent- Support Group.

It’s critical that parents of a child with special needs have a good support system in place. Besides learning to cope with the unique aspects of their child’s disorder, such a network will also help them learn how to manage their feelings and emotions when faced with the challenges of raising a special child.

The Special Parent-Support Group aims to provide a platform for parents of special children where they can meet each other and discover, through their common experience, and in turn act as a support for their peers.

At each meeting, a specific topic will be delivered and appropriate guest speakers will be invited on a regular basis as part of continuous education and training efforts.

This initiative is spearheaded by Dr Radhika Soundararajan, Director, Swami Dayananda Krupa Care. A psychologist by training, she will equip parents with clarity of intellect to deal with the challenges of life, using the principles of psychology and Vedanta. “We would like this Support Group to evolve as a network where the participants can eventually have access to all information and other requirements with respect to developmental disabilities,” says Dr Radhika.

Topics Include:

  • Orientation – Understanding Myself, Understanding My Child
  • Day to Day Living
  • Stress Management
  • Positive Interventions
  • Sibling Relations
  • Communication Challenges between child and parent
  • Explaining Grief

Date: Every Alternate Friday, starting from December 6, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This is an open group. All are welcome (no fees will be charged). To register, please call +91-95000 82142.

Welcoming Retreat

The ‘Swami Dayananda Saraswati Memorial Centre’, now renamed ‘Jnana Pravaha’, was inaugurated by Swami Paramarthananda Saraswati on March 19, 2018, at Manjakkudi, the birth place of our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Gathered for the auspicious function were revered Swamis and Swaminis from across India, dignitaries and devotees of Pujya Swamiji.

Located at the heart of Swami Dayananda Campus in Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, the centre has been carefully designed. Spread across 3,106 square feet, it is built of teak wood and has been dressed with sandstone flooring. The exterior brims bright with traditional red oxide floor, solid wooden pillars and a sunken garden area with granite that creates a picturesque welcoming view.

Jnana Pravāha is equipped with a lecture hall with all attendant facilities like comfortable seating arrangement for around 40 students and a dais for the Acarya, audio-visual facilities and a white board for class-room sessions. The acoustics and air-conditioned ambience with adequate lighting in the presence of Pujya Swamiji’s murti presents a calming study-friendly ambience.

Dipped in quietness, Jñāna Pravāha is a welcoming destination for Vedanta retreats, lectures, discussions and meetings of AIM for Seva. The centre has an archive of Pujya Swamiji’s three-year courses as audios, e-books, a library of Swamiji authored books, reading room and is a complete aesthetic and spiritual hub.

Rice to the Occasion

As part of a collaborative project with The Park Chennai, Spirit of the Earth presented six varieties of artisanal heritage rice at the ‘Rice of Change’ food festival held last month.

Executive Chef Ashutosh Nerlekar and Sous Chef Wayne came up with a menu which crossed borders. The rice, though wonderful when cooked and topped with ghee, found its way in a spectrum of dishes like the Portugese falboured soup, caldo verde; the bisi bela bath was stirred together with a strain called the Acharmati, but had broccoli and asparagus. The chefs ensured that the flavours and the fragrance of the rice grains were intact, but gave each dish a twist.

“It was very interesting to get associated with Spirit of the Earth. There is so much in food that is to be explored. These ancient rice varieties are interesting to handle, to see how each grain is different from the other in terms of texture, aroma and taste. To add to that, these grains are grown organically, needless to say this is the way forward in terms of healthy eating,” says Ashutosh Nerlekar, Executive Chef, The Park.

Through this festival, Spirit of the Earth not only introduced and spread awareness of these long lost grains, but also reminded us that rice – the grain that is gluten-free and non-allergic – can take many avatars, if only we give it a chance.