Who wants the sky, we only want a bit of love
Who wants the stars, we only want a flash of your smile
We don’t care when heavens fall
but it breaks our heart when you turn your face away
Siva Sakthi Sathya Sai Charitable Trust Chennai was established by Vijayakumari.C.C, who is a Montessori Teacher and a Diploma holder in Mental Retardation from NIMH, Secunderabad. She started her dream Home –Siva Sakthi Home in 1994 with 7 Mentally Challenged children in a rented premise. On the 18th of August 1998, the Home was shifted to its own building with the help of local philanthropists and donors. The Trust started another Home in Sri Raja Rajeswary Nagar, Bangalore which was inaugurated by Sri N.Vittal, Central Chief Vigilance Commissioner in 2000. Bangalore Home Building was donated by Sri C.S.Pani , Former ED of IDBI .
On the 17th of August 2002, the Trust launched another Home for Normal Destitute Children and Senior Citizens inaugurated by Sri.P.S.Ramamohan Rao, Governor of Tamilnadu. Honourable Justice Sri Renganathan Rtd.Supreme Court, Justice Sri.M.Karpagavinayagam, High Court, Chennai and Justice Smt.Prabha Sridevan, High Court, Chennai, Mrs.C.K.Gariyali IAS, Social Welfare Secretary, Tamilnadu attended the function.
In 2002, the Trust started another project for providing ‘Nutracueticals’ to 250 pregnant women from economically backward community at Villivakkam area with Nalmanam, another NGO. This support will be extended in future to 1000 women progressively. This will be extended till 24 months of the child. It is hoped that the children will have normal I.Q and healthy.
We started a new project called ‘Therapeutic Community in Green Ambience’ in the year 2004 at Singadivakkam village in Kancheepuram for Mentally Challenged Children, Destitute Children and Senior Citizens. Padmashri Dr.K.Anji Reddy, Chairman, Dr.Reddys Laboratories performed the Bhoomipooja of the project on 19 th January 2004. Horticulture-Green therapy is the key factor of this project. Green therapy is an approach based on living with Nature for bringing about improvement in the residents; Each and every member of this therapeutic community living together, communicating and helping each other for maximum social interaction. It is planned that the green therapy will provide a positive mindset in order to get best behavioural and self-help outputs. Padmashri Dr.K.Anji Reddy, Chairman, Dr.Reddys Laboratories has extended his generosity for aquiring the land for Horticultural Therapy at Singadivakkam village near Kancheepuram.We have constructed a Home for Mentally Challenged at Thiruvannamalai about 200 km away from Chennai. We have started the project on 7th March 2010.
Our Trust is recognized by the state and Central Governments. Our Trust is the member of National Trust and Registered with Rehabilitation Council of India. National Committee for Promotion of Social & Economic Development has approved our Trust to receive donations for our corpus fund u/s 35 AC(100% I.T.Exemption). Also the Trust is eligible for IT Exemption u/s 80 -G of IT Department. The Government of Tamil Nadu has certified our Home as a recognized institution u/s 52 of PWD Act.
Executive Members of the Trust:
The Trust believes in the co-ordinated effort of parents and the society to bring up disabled children. With this in mind, parents of the mentally challenged children (Residents) are selected as Trustees.
Consisting of eminent personalities from different walks of life, the advisory board helps the Trust in forming a vision and formulating the strategies for its accomplishment. It has also been instrumental in generating resources for the operations. The advisory board is also a great source of moral support in pursuit of our mission. Mr.P.N.Devarajan, our Chief Patron guide us in our endeavour to perform better.
The Trust periodically releases the books- based on the stories and life of world wide social workers, disabilities and its rehabilitation.( ‘Women Crusaders, We Salute You’ in 2002 and ‘RHYTHM’ in 2005 and 2006 Both books are compiled by S.Rajesh, Project Co-ordinator of our Trust). In 2007, we released the Autobiography ‘Kadavulin Kuzhanthaikal'(God’s Own Children)of Ms.Vijayakumari in Tamil to share her life time experiences and those of her children in Siva Sakthi Homes.
Funds Raising Programmes:
For creating more infrastructures for the disabled community, the Trust started fundraisers in the year 2004 to build Homes for the mentally challenged persons at Singadivakkam village in Kancheepuram. We conducted ‘Siva Sakthi Charity Nite’ in 2004 and ‘Siva Sakthi Utsav- a musical programme of Padmashri S.P.Balasubrahmanyam in 2005 at Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai. In 2006, we conducted a Musical Extravagenza with upcoming singers like Sreeram Parthasarathy, Sreelekha Parthasarathy, Madhumitha, Haricharan etc as the part of Siva Sakthi Utsav-2006. In 2007, Siva Sakthi Utsav organized a dance ballet ‘Sada Venkatesam Smarami Smarami’ choreographed by Mrs.Anitha Guha, a renowned Bharathanatyam dancer. In 2008 we celebrated Siva Sakthi Utsav on 27th September 2008 at Naradhagana Sabha, Alwarpet, Chennai at 6.00 p.m .’Thiruppavai’-A Ballet about the devotion of Andal to Lord Krishna will be the highlight of the programme. In 2009 we celebrated Siva Sakthi Utsav 2009-our Anniversary at Vani Mahal, Chennai on 31st October with a Dance-Ballet-Shri Venkatadri Vaibhavam-choreographed by Kalaimamani Krishnakumari Narendran.
Volunteers from Abroad:
Volunteers are the assets for any social organization. Our Trust is blessed to have such volunteers for assisting and sharing our work during all these years. So far, fourteen volunteers have visited from Changing World in UK and ELI in USA.
All the Homes are driven by values such as:
- Quality, replicability, scalability and networkability.
- Extended families where values, love, compassion and individual dignity will be raised, sustained and reinforced.
- Training, learning and development of human resources for maintaining these institutions. where greater blend of practice with the theory is enhanced.
- Multi location: city/urban based and rural based.
Residential care is provided to 120 children in a homely atmosphere. The children are selected based on their family background, socio-economic condition of the families and other factors, which are essential to place a mentally challenged child in a residential care center. Children are given training in activities of daily living for helping the child to develop the skills needed to deal independently with his basic daily needs like toilet training, personal grooming e.g. brushing his own teeth, bathing himself dressing up and so on. Functional academics helps to realize the color concept number concept, money concept etc.
Day care service is preferred since the child can have the care and comfort of parents and at the same time get professional guidance from specially qualified staff on self-development. Children are given training in activities of daily living for helping the child to develop the skills needed to deal independently with his basic daily needs.
Special Education programs are conducted in a systematic manner to impart basic skills in communication, self care, home living, social skills, community use, self direction, health and safety, functional academics, leisure time activities. Children are also given vocational training considering their mental and physical age.
Parents of mentally challenged kids are used to giving over protection or neglecting the kids. Society looks down upon them as a burden in all sense. Since most of these kids show low intelligence and many behavior problems their families prefer to put them in
residential homes. Later these kids find it very difficult in interacting with their families. To create an atmosphere conducive for integration of these children with the family homebound programs are conducted. Specially trained staff visits families and gives guidance to family members on helping the child to improve. Integration of these children with the family is our dream.
Established in 1994 at Alapakkam near Valasaravakkam, Chennai.
Present Strength: Mentally Challenged : 40
Destitute/Orphan Children : 12
Senior Citizens : 03
Address: # 3/16, Ponniyamman Koil Street, Alapakkam, Porur, Chennai-600 116
Established in 2000 at Rajarajeswary Nagar near Rajarajeswary Temple,Bangalore.
Present Strength: Mentally Challenged : 35
Address: No.543, 12th Cross, 36th Main, Shri Rajarajeswary Nagar, Bangalore-560 039, Karnataka State, Phone: 080-28600980
Established in 2003 near Chinnayan Chathiram Bus Stop(Chennai-Bangalore Highway)Horticultural Therapy is the key feature of the project. Green therapy is an approach based on living with Nature for bringing about improvement in the residents; Each and every member of this therapeutic community living together, communicating and helping each other for maximum social interaction. It is planned that the green therapy
will provide a positive mindset in order to get best behavioural and self-help outputs. Padmashri Dr.K.Anji Reddy, Chairman, Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories has extended his generosity for aquiring the land for Horticultural Therapy at Singadivakkam village near Kancheepuram
- Live with the nature
- Home for MR Children, Destitute Children & Senior Citizens
- Dairy Unit
- To tap the Natural Resources( Gobar Gas, Solar energy, Organic compost etc.)
Present Strength: Mentally Challenged : 26 plus Senior citizens 3
Address: Singadivakkam Village, Attuputhur PO, Kancheepuram-631 561 Ph:9790715026
We recently established our fourth Home for Mentally Challenged at Thiruvannamalai near Girivalapathai.
Address:Ramanalaya Complex, Vediyappannore Salai, Adiannamalai, Thiruvannamalai
3/16, Ponniyamman Koil Street, Alapakkam, Porur
Chennai-600 116, Tamil Nadu State,INDIA
Phone: 044-24769848 / 24769851 / 43513052
Bangalore : No.543, 12th Cross, 36th Main, Shri Rajarajeswary Nagar, Bangalore-560 039, Karnataka State, Phone: 080-28600980 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kanchipuram: Chinnayanchathiram Bus Stop, Near EB Substation
Thiruvannamalai: Vediyappannore Road, Adiannamalai