Samvad with Bombay Jayashri Ramnath

It was a musical Holi morning with Padmashri Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath enthralling the audience with some beautiful compositions. She started with a Ganesh Bhajan.  During the course of the interaction, Thangamani Rathiname (from the Moonchild album) which Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath had dedicated to the children of Manjakkudi was played.  Manjakkudi is the Janmabhoomi of our Founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

AIM for Seva’s anthem, Bharata Desa Hitaya composed by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and sung by Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath was also played. At the end of the programme, Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramanth sang another composition of Pujya Swamiji on Goddess Sharada.

AIM for Seva USA organised a Samvad with Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath. In between the songs, the acclaimed musician spoke warmly of her association with the Founder of AIM for Seva and SDET (Swami Dayananda Educational Trust), Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, her musical journey and her experience of teaching music to the school and college students at Manjakkudi, the birth place of our Founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

Sri. Srini Raman, Chief Operating Officer, AIM for Seva USA, began the proceedings of the virtual event by giving the audience a brief overview of the All India Movement for Seva that was founded in the year 2000 by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

In her introductory remarks, the Chairperson and Managing Trustee of AIM for Seva, Ms. Sheela Balaji gave an overview of the ongoing community development work at Manjakkudi. “Pujya Swamiji used to always say that Manjakkudi is an ideal village where everything is where it should be, in its place. The village has been as per Vaastu Shastra. It has been a privilege to be involved in this work and do seva for AIM for Seva and Manjakkudi. I thank each one of you for giving support.”

The Chairperson and Managing Trustee then shared briefly how Manjakkudi has transformed over a 15 year period. “After setting up a college, school and Vedapatashala to foster traditional learning, we felt it was necessary for the people and students in the region to know and appreciate classical music. After all, the Thanjavur belt is home to the Carnatic musical trinity (Muthuswami Dikshitar, Shyama Sastri and Tyagaraja) and in the days of yore, the Kaveri delta was known for its fine arts and musical tradition which migrated to the cities.” In 2009, Ms. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath gave her first musical concert and in 2014, the Swami Dayananda School of Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam was started. “Over 300 students are benefiting from this every year,” Ms. Sheela Balaji said.

In her introduction, Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath said she was blessed to be part of the AIM family. Recalling her musical journey, Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath said that she would always wake up to her father’s Sadhana and go to sleep with music. “My journey was surrounded by people who fostered art.” Talking about her association with Pujya Swamiji, Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath said she visited him in Anaikatti a few times. “He appreciated arts and I decided to be associated with this movement. I have received lot of knowledge from teachers and I wanted to share the same with others.”

Talking about her musical seva in Manjakkudi, Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath said how this was a small and tiny village where everyone was warm, affectionate and showered hospitality. “As many of the parents are not exposed to the arts, the students come with a clean slate. There is eagerness in their eyes.”

Sharing an anecdote of a musical class, Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath once asked the students what the word moon meant. “One child wrote it was a dot on my mother’s forehead.  Soon, the blackboard was filled with ideas. These are beautiful experiences and such treasures need to be opened up,” Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath said.

Last year, Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath came forward and raised funds as ambassador for the upcoming Swami Dayananda Centre for Learning at Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu.  For this purpose, she had dedicated one song from her Moonchild album, Thangamai Rathiname to the children of Manjakkudi. The Bhoomi Puja for this facility was done a few days back and this centre is expected to be opened by the end of this year.

Healthy Living

With everyone anxiously awaiting a medicinal remedy to counteract Covid-19, prevention is better than cure and this aspect is the hallmark of traditional medicine systems such as Ayurveda.

Sometime back, AIM for Seva USA held a webinar on ‘Ayurveda and Immunity—For Good health at all Times.’ The speaker was Dr. Parthasarthy  R, Director and Chief Vaidya, Swami Dayananda Jayavarthanevelu Ayurvedalaya, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Dr Parthasarthy dwelt on the three doshasVatha, Pitha and Kapa and how it was important to follow a diet and lifestyle pattern that did not disturb the three doshas. “To have the doshas in equilibrium, we need to have a proper daily routine as well as seasonal routine.

One should wake up 45 minutes before sun rise (Brahmamuhurtam), exercise in moderation and avoid heavy food at night.”

On matters relating to sleep, Ayurveda states that apart from the duration (7 to 8 hours), quality of sleep is also important.  As per the Ayurvedic texts, 10 pm to 2 pm denotes Kali Yama where melatonin production is at its highest which is crucial to the body repair mechanism.

Eat less is the latest fad and Ayurveda has propagated it much before. “You have to eat half stomach and reserve 25% of the organ for liquids,” said Dr Parthasarthy. Consumption of non-vegetarian food for nutritional purposes was permissible within the tenets of Ayurveda.

The webinar ended with a question and answer session.

Virtual Walkathon: All for a Cause

With the pandemic refusing to fade way, virtual and digital is the new way of life. Be it zoom calls, online classrooms or virtual concerts, e-meeting your colleagues, classmates and audience is the new normal.
And when people get together for a fitness initiative to support a cause like educating rural India, such fund raisers leave a deeper impact in the minds of all stakeholders.
AIM for Seva, USA team recently completed a Good Karma 5k (run/walk,) a few days back. This virtual walkathon saw participation of 1,357 people from across the country (See Box: AIM for Seva USA Chapter wise Participation). Participants registered online for a small fee ($25) and then ran/walked/jogged in their own treadmills and neighbouring parks.
Some of the participants made donations to AIM for Seva while some others (small companies) sponsored the event. The new entrants got an opportunity to witness the good work done by AIM for Seva on ground. What’s heartening is that some of the new members have expressed an interest in our existing projects.
“All our Chapter Sevaks had been working very hard for the past six weeks to turn this event into a success.  We could clearly see Pujya Swamiji’s smile and grace flowing through all of us, especially in his 90th Jayanthi and 20th year of Seva movement,” Srini Raman, Chief Operating Officer, AIM for Seva, USA said.

AIM for Seva was able to raise $ 25,000 through this event. “We met our goal of branding, awareness and fundraising and more importantly, continued with the Seva movement work,” Srini Raman said. He added that it was encouraging to see people wanting to do good and feel good amidst the pandemic situation and other disturbing events taking place in USA currently.

Another north American chapter, AIM for Seva Canada too raised $ 20,000 through a virtual walkathon fundraiser on 31st May.

Walk to Educate, AIM for Seva Canada’s annual walkathon went virtual this year. Each of the participating families were asked to raise $100 in pledges.

USA Chapter Wise Participation

Name of Chapter No of Participants
New Jersey 328
Detroit MI 229
Albany NY 216
San Diego CA 152
Hartford CT 65
Knoxville TN 50
Atlanta GA 48
Raleigh NC 47
Orlando FL 30
Dallas TX 26
Chicago IL 24
San Francisco CA 23
Little Rock AR 19
New York NY 19
Washington DC 16
Austin TX 15
Boston MA 14
Philadelphia PA 9
Dayton OH 8
Seattle WA 7
Pittsburgh PA 6
Fort Meyers FL 2
Elmira NY 1
Fort Lauderdale FL 1
Houston TX 1
Peoria IL 1

Corona Virus Awareness Programme

With India reporting 112 cases of the novel Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19), awareness building assumes greater significance than ever before.

A Corona Virus Awareness Programme was conducted for all students and staff members of Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, On 12th March. Sri.M.G. Srinivasan, correspondent of the college presided over the function.

Smt.V.Hema, principal in-charge welcomed the gathering. Dr.K. Balakumaravelu, retired medical officer, Kodavasal,Tamil Nadu, and Dr. Sivagurunathan, medical officer, Primary Health Centre, Tiruvidachery, Tamil Nadu, spoke about the origin of the disease, causes, symptoms, transmission and precautions. The medical practitioners gave pointers on how to identify the disewipase early and how to protect oneself from it. The doctors listed out the ‘do’s and don’t’s with respect to CoronaVirus and indicated its symptoms, fever, cough and shortness of breath. Precautionary measures include hand, respiratory and surface hygiene. The medical professionals also demonstrated handwashing and mask donning.

Sri.M.R. Rajagopal, manager-Wipro and Dr.N. Kanakasabesan, Dean – Academics, Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, attended the programme.

On 11th March, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared the Coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. A pandemic is declared when a new disease for which people do not have immunity spreads around the world beyond expectations. There are now more than 153,648 confirmed Coronavirus cases across 146 countries.

Talk on Ishvara and Saraswati Antarvahani

On the auspicious occasion of Saraswati Puja (25th October 2020), AIM for Seva organised a virtual fund raiser for the girl child. Programme highlights included a talk on Ishvara by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati from the Hastamalakiyam camp, Rishikesh (April 2009) and Saraswati Antarvahini by Kalakshetra Foundation.

We have happy to share that till date, over 3,163 people have viewed this programme and counting.

The event began with Saraswati Antarvahini by the Kalakshetra repertory. In her introduction, Smt. Revathi Ramachandran, director, Kalakshetra Foundation explained to the audience that Saraswati is a river which is mentioned in the Rg Veda but lost her significance in the post Vedic period. “She came to be associated with knowledge, arts, literature, music, dance and so on. Saraswati is symbolic of intelligence, creativity, imagination and education.”

The dancers then mesmerised the audience with Saraswati Antarvahini. In their presentation, they brought to life the concept of ‘Saraswati’ – a timeless idea that cannot be captured in a given space. The ancients offered a naama and ruupa to this idea. They named it Saraswati. If it flowed through the terrain with a physical source, course and destination, it is called nadi Saraswati. If it is contained in a stone or wood through a ritualistic installation, it is called pratishta Saraswati. If it is manifested in words, it is kaavya Saraswati. If it is enacted through a dancer, it is called naatya Saraswati. In essence, Saraswati is a powerful catalyst of our civilisation.

The dance programme was followed by Pujya Swamiji’s talk on Ishvara. Pujya Swamiji begins the discourse with a powerful statement —Idam sarvam iisha vaasyam—all that is here, known and unknown are Ishvara and that is the truth.”

Pujya Swamiji then goes on to add that Ishvara in essence is limitless consciousness and stresses that Ishvara is always within us and can’t go away from us.

Pujya Swamiji makes his audience see that Ishvara is not a matter of belief, but a matter of understanding. He illumines the fact that Ishvara is manifest in the form of one mahā order which includes all orders. The infallible order is Ishvara. Pujya Swamiji says that we have to intimately recognise the order that is total—Ishvara in all its detailed manifestation in our life. We can’t gloss over with a general statement, ’all that is here is ishvara.’ “It is then that you are in touch with Ishvara.”

In the abiding presence of Ishvara as order of orders, the jīva’s thoughts and emotions are validated. As they occur, they have a place in the order. That understanding frees us from guilt and helps us do what is to be done. If we have that understanding, we can relax.  Pujya Swamiji makes us ask ourselves: Can you be away from Ishvara? The answer is that Ishvara, who is manifest in the form of order, pervades the jīva all the way – and we cannot be alienated from him at any level of our life.

We conclude the section by sharing some testimonials received from the audience who watched this programme.

*  “Educating a girl child is a noble cause and my request to all Pujya Swamiji’s devotees to sponsor at least one child.”

Sri. T.R. Mahalingam
* “Wonderful creation of Ishvara followed by what promises to be an engrossing talk on Him. We are thankful to AIM for Seva.”

–Sri. Pravat Kumar Mishra

  • “Since this year, I have stopped taking gurudakshina from students and asked all of them to support activities of AIM for Seva. Some had donated during Navaratri and others wish to do more regularly. Hoping that the pandemic will cease so that we can actively contribute much more. “

–Swamini Sumatmananda ji

  • “Great performance, very thankful for the premiere invite and wishing the team all the very best for many more wonderful performances.”

Sri. Jawahar Narayanan

 The Sound of Music, Chants and Stories at Sembangudi

AIM for Seva is happy to share and announce that evening classes on slokas and bhajans has commenced again from 14th April 2021 at the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu.

Classes begin with an arathi and prasadam distribution in the end. Students then play for half an hour in the evening in the vicinity of the Chatralayam campus. Yoga classes are conducted in the mornings.

Since last year, the coordinator of our girls Chatralayam in Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu, Swamini Swaminathapriya ji, has embarked on disseminating cultural and value-based education to students in the village.

Sembangudi which is in close vicinity to Manjakkudi, the birthplace of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, boasts of a hoary musical tradition. One of the doyens of Carnatic music, Semmangudi Srininvasa Iyer hailed from this village in Tiruvarur district in Tamil Nadu.

In addition to AIM for Seva’s Chatralayam, the Swami Dayananda Educational Trust (SDET), the implementing partner of AIM for Seva, runs two schools and a college in Sembangudi and Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu. SDET is keeping alive the tradition in the region by imparting value-based education and musical training to students from rural India.

“Value-based education is essential for the holistic development of a child. Value-based education develops a well-balanced individual with a strong character. Such pedagogy also promotes effective learning and underpins continuous improvement of the personal, social, moral and economic well being. It encourages children to stay connected to our deep cultural roots. By remaining connected to these roots, embedded in our identity is essential to our existence,” Swamini Swaminathapriya ji, the coordinator of the two girls Chatralayam in Sembangudi said.

The girls who are part of this programme are students of the Sembangudi (junior and senior) girls Chatralayam as well as others from the vicinity of the village.  The programme curriculum includes teaching of basic Sanskrit slokas, mantras and devotional prayer songs.

Our Founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati propagated an educational programme that he referred to as Sandhya Gurukulam. This was to be conducted in the evenings in villages, where children came together at a common place for learning. It was visualised as a wholesome concept which aimed at overall growth of a child. The idea was to shape young minds especially those who lived in rural and tribal lands. That’s because a child living in a far off mountain or a forested area is often left to fend for him or herself as parents grapple with issues relating to daily livelihood. Also, the impact of television has been strong in many rural areas that the child has barely time to cope with daily homework and studies, let alone imbibing good habits or knowing about one’s cultural heritage. The answer Pujya Swamiji felt was in the Sandhya Gurukulam model.

New Computer Lab Inaugurated AT Amreli Chatralayam

A computer laboratory with six computers has been inaugurated at the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Amreli, Gujarat, on 21st March 2021. This facility was inaugurated by Sri. Hasmuk Patel, campus director, Primary/Madhyamik/High School/Higher Secondary School and Engineering College of Vidyasabha Campus, Amreli, Gujarat.

Local people from the surrounding areas graced this computer lab inauguration event. The room bore a festive look with balloons and other floral décor. The programme commenced with lighting of the lamp by the hostel coordinator, Swami Nityasuddhananda Saraswati ji and a Chatralayam student. This was followed by a group prayer by the Chatralayam students.

Swami Nityasuddhananda Saraswati ji thanked the donor of the computer laboratory, Smt. Hitaishi R. Zaveri from (USA) and appreciated her association with the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Amreli, Gujarat.

Six new computers (central processing unit plus monitors) have been installed at the Chatralayam premises for the benefit of the students.

Donor : Smt. Hitaishi R. Zaveri  (USA) in the name of Pushpa Chttranjan Mehta.

Thank you for your noble endeavour.

A New Chapter

The Tiruvikrama Bala AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, added a few feather to its cap recently. The Swami Dayananda Vanaprastha Ashramam at the Gudivada Chatralayam campus was inaugurated on the auspicious day of Ugadi (13th April). Ugadi marks the beginning of the Telugu New Year. On this occasion, a Lakshmi Ganapathi Homam was performed to mark the inauguration.

The coordinator of the Gudivada Chatralayam (Swami Sthairyananda Saraswati ji) said that a new form of seva has begun in the name of Vanaprastha Ashramam.

As per the Hindu tradition, the Vanaprastha stage is a transition phase from a householder with its greater emphasis on worldly things to one with greater emphasis on Moksha (spiritual liberation). Here in Vanaprastha, the idea is to advocate the journey to peaceful life with discipline, seva mind, satsangs and perfect dedication to Bhagavan.

The Gudivada Chatralayam houses boys in the age group of 9 to 22 years. They come from the neighbouring 23 villages. A kitchen garden, library and computer centre is located in the premises for the benefit of our students.

The alumni from the Gudivada Chatralyam continue to retain ties with the hostel. From finding employment as a lab technician to setting sights in the hospitality sector, entering the world of move making, the former students from the Gudivada Chatralayam continue to make AIM for Seva proud .

Art-science intersection on the banks of the Kaveri

On 6th March 2021, a small and quiet Bhoomi Puja was done to commence work for a new project– Swami Dayananda Centre for Learning. The programme saw participation of Sri. M.G. Srinivasan, Trustee, Swami Dayananda Educational Trust (SDET) as well as few students and teachers from the Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu.

This upcoming art-science intervention is expected to be completed by October 2021. We thank Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, ambassador, for spearheading this project. We also take this opportunity to thank the donors who have come forward and contributed to our endeavour to educate rural India.

DETAILS OF THE UPCOMING CENTRE ARE SHARED BELOW.

The Swami Dayananda Centre for Learning at Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu has been set up with a vision to provide holistic learning to children from rural India. Over the last 15 years, Manjakkudi has evolved into an educational and knowledge hub and soon this tiny village will have another feather in its cap in the form of an art-science centre for learning.

Numerous scientific studies have pointed that the formative years of an individual hold the building blocks to a fulfilling life. It is in the early years that a child showcases his or her creative and experimentative side to the world. But such potential can only be fully realised in a proper environmental setting.

The Swami Dayananda Centre for Learning proposes to be one such fulfilling environment for children from rural India. We are happy to share that 95% of the students who are set to benefit from this art -science intervention are first generation learners. Their home environment is not conducive to holistic learning.

As a mark of affection to the children of Manjakkudi, acclaimed Carnatic musician, Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath came forward to raise awareness about this project. She partnered with Milaap, India’s largest crowd funding partner to bring in contributors for this cause. Smt.Bombay Jayashri dedicated a lullaby from the Moonchild album—Thangamani Rathiname— to the children of Manjakkudi.

For over seven years now, Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath has been teaching music in a creative way to the students studying in our schools and college in Manjakkudi and Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu.

“Children in India, especially in rural areas must be encouraged to imagine and dream, to listen to beautiful narratives, explore hands on and express, without restrictions. I firmly believe that a child’s emotional, social and intellectual development starts with the first lullaby heard. Just as how the lullaby soothes the child to drift into sleep, every child deserves a loving environment which nurtures and nourishes learning and opens up a world of beauty within,” she says.

The Swami Dayananda Centre for Learning will provide a space where teachers and educators will instill and motivate children to learn via the mediums of art, science, music and value education classes. At the Atal Tinkering Lab, they will have a space to think out of the box, explore and experiment.

In fact, history is rife with examples of scientists who were also artists and have contributed to both science and art in their own ways. For instance, Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most celebrated artist –scientist of the Renaissance era. Back home, the daily morning ritual of kolam is also a reflection of an art-science confluence, intricate geometric designs decorated outside many homes.

The Swami Dayananda Centre for Learning hopes to be one such ideal centre of intersection of the two disciplines.

This cause is extremely dear to Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath’s heart. “I take this opportunity to thank the students at Manjakkudi. From the context of a rural child, my experience has shown that musical education can be a great equaliser. It gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction to be deeply involved in this transformation process and witness the real change among the changemakers of tomorrow.”

Communication Lab Inaugurated at the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science

There is a new addition to the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu.The Communication Lab was inaugurated by the college correspondent, Sri. M.G. Srinivasan on 10th February 2021. This lab is located in the main block.

In his address, Sri. Srinivasan welcomed the faculty members and students and spoke on the importance of this facility for students. Sri. Srinivasan appreciated the efforts put in by Ms. Sheela Balaji, Chairperson and Managing Trustee, AIM for Seva towards this project that would enhance the communication skills of the students.

First and second year students have Communicative English and Professional English as part of their curriculum.

This lab would facilitate practicals for the same. Also, final year students can attend training sessions and take online exams in this research space.

The English Lab consists of 24 systems which are equipped with i3  10th generation processor, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB hard disk and a 10 KVA online UPS. The internet connection comes with upto 300 MBP speed while the software is Windows 10 operating system.

“An environment is being created where students can empower themselves by utilising the lab and enhance their communication skills,” V. Hema. principal, Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, said.

Spiritual Celebrations at Dighawat Chatralayam

To mark the first year of service to society, the coordinator of the Swami AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Dighawat, Uttar Pradesh, did a homam in the premises for the welfare of all.

Located in Aurai Taluk, Bhadohi District, Uttar Pradesh, the Dighawat Chatralayam is home to 83 in the age bracket of 7 to 17 years. The boys come from the 20 villages nearby. We thank the donors to this project, Dr Urmilla Khilanani and Dr. Prem Khilanani, for their endowment towards educating rural India.

Twinning for a Cause: Inauguration of Tailoring Classes and Sandhya Gurukulam at Bidar

The staff and coordinator of the Dr. Rangrao N Jadhav AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Bidar, Karnataka, recently unveiled an empowerment project for women from the surrounding villages.

Women from the neighbouring villages will be taught basics in tailoring everyday from 12 noon to 2 pm. Already, eight home makers have joined this course. The inauguration of this programme was held on 15th February 2021. Prominent dignitaries from the nearby areas graced the inaugural event.

When it comes to the girl child, AIM for Seva’s intervention goes beyond basic education. Through its community development projects, AIM for Seva equips women with vocational skills which will help give them a leg up on the road to progress.

The NGO is running three tailoring centres in Uttarakhand. Recently, an annual tailoring convocation was held at the three sewing centres located in Uttarakhand. A total of 27 students from Haripur Kalan, Shyampur Khadri and Bapugram graduated this year (2019-2020).

The coordinator of the Bidar Chatralayam also embarked on a Sandhya Gurukulam initiative in villages surrounding Bidar on the same day. The Founder of AIM for Seva, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati propagated a value-based educational outreach initiative that he referred to as Sandhya Gurukulam. This programme was to be conducted in the evenings in villages where children came to a common venue. It was visualised as a programme that aimed at overall growth of a child. The idea was to shape young minds especially those living in rural and tribal areas. That’s because a child living in a far off mountainous region or forested area is often left to fend for himself or herself as parents grapple with issues related to daily livelihood. Also, the deep penetration of television in rural areas coupled with gadgets has resulted in the child not paying attention to homework and daily studies, let alone imbibing good habits or knowing about one’s cultural heritage. The Sandhya Gurukulam model was an important step in culture validation for children in rural India.

Sandhya Gurukulam classes have commenced in three villages surrounding Bidar. Apart from daily tuitions, children are also being taught slokas in Kanada and art and craft activity are being conducted everyday.

At Rachappagondgaon village, Ms. Halamma. Is presently taking classes for nine students, while seven students have already enrolled at the Sandhya Gurukulam module at Morambi village while in Gorta village, 10 students have joined this programme.

New Beginnings

An expansion of the Seshachariar AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Cumbum, Tamil Nadu is currently underway. A Bhoomi Puja was performed to initiate construction of the first floor of the Chatralayam on 11th December 2020.

Spread over 3,150 square feet, the construction of the first floor at the Cumbum Chatralayam is being supported by AIM for Seva USA. This area will house an additional dormitory, a counselling room, a library / study room and an activity room along with five washrooms.

The boys residing and studying at the Cumbum Chatralayam are from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They come from 34 neighbouring villages spread across five districts.

Tailoring Convocation at Uttarakhand

While rural education is AIM for Seva’s mainstay, the NGO has also devised and rolled out other impactful programmes across India in the course of the last 20 years .

The charity that is focussed on rural India has impacted over 20 million lives via projects in healthcare, community development and sustainable living and day and residential care facilities for the differently-abled.

In terms of the flagship programme, Chatralayam, over one-fifth (21 out of 104) Chatralayams are for girl students. In addition, we run a K-12 school for girls in Khategaon district, Madhya Pradesh.

When it comes to the girl child, AIM for Seva’s intervention just doesn’t end with education. Through its community development projects, AIM for Seva ensures women empowerment enabling them to take their first steps towards economic independence.

Towards this end, we are happy to share that the annual tailoring convocation  at all the three sewing centres located in Uttarakhand was held  on  28th October 2020. A total of 27 students  from Haripur Kalan, Shyampur Khadri and  Bapugram graduated this year (2019-2020).  The one year basic course in tailoring follows the November-October calendar.

At this year’s tailoring convocation function, the students received the certificates and sewing machines from Swami Sakshatkrtananda Saraswati ji, Vice Chairman, Swami Dayananda Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.

The highlight of the event was an exhibition put up by the graduating students of their tailored ware stitched during the course of the year.

NEW AND HIGH

In this section, we present to you the latest updates of new projects from the field.

  • New Hostel for Boys

The formal inauguration of AIM for Seva’s Chatralayam for Boys in Tondikatti, Karnataka was held on 28 December 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, Karnataka 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.