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  1. 1. “Postal Registered No: TNlCH(C)l102l09-11" “Regd. With the Registrar of News Papers under RNI No. I TNENG/2006/17597” WPP N0. TN/ PMG (CCR) WPP — 132/10-11 love 5 SeuaIava’s News letter - November 2010 SGIIIG 8 PI‘il= G-BGII Dear Friends, Few years back, with help from TCS friends in Mumbai, we were able to arrange for a week long trip for Sevalaya children to Mumabi and Pune. This was followed by many other trips to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram etc. , all with help of local TCSers. We also have a yearly trip to Puttaparthi, arranged by one of the Sai samithies. When the children come back from such trips, we sit down with them and chat about what they saw, what they learnt etc. Just after the very first trip, we were moved when children told us that that was the first time they got onto a train! They must be 13 to 15 years old, but have never boarded a train before. We never thought about this and it was an eye opener for us to understand that getting onto a train is a luxury which these village children could not afford. They look at the speeding train from a distance, read about railways in their lessons, form a train with each child holding the back of the other child and play train games, but never got an opportunity to board a train! Going to Mumbai, Pune etc. , was of secondary importance, but the train journey itself was the main attraction. If this is the case of poor village children, some of our staff have also not got a chance to travel by train and none of them have got a chance to fly on an airplane or go abroad. Not many travel out of the country (even travel for fun within the country is a luxury! ) from the villages and that too school teachers, they can't even dream about it. Two teachers from Sevalaya, Ms. Annapoorna and Mr. Kingston got this rare chance this year. They went to United Kingdom November 2010 Chennai on a school exchange visit to Cunningham Hill Junior Schoool at St. A|bans, just outside London. TCS UK helped us to get this contact and the visit is part of a four year partnership with British council. The teachers from Sevalaya handled some classes in the UK school and also learnt the differences in the education methodology. We will be working to understand the best of both worlds and try and improve the education system in Sevalaya. Next year four more teachers will do this visit. This will be followed by more teachers and children in the following years. Teachers from UK and children from UK will also visit Sevalaya every year. British council is doing this program with many schools in India, but this is the first time they are engaged with a Tamil medium village school run by a charity organization. Passport, Visa, foreign exchange, time difference, jet lag, different English accent etc. were all not known to our teachers and children. Now everyone is getting ready to apply for passports, trying to understand English weather etc. Few years ago, even going to Chennai was a big trip for our village teachers and children and today they are discussing what to see in London ! Thanks & Regards Murali LOVE ALL SERVE ALL
  2. 2. BhaIafl1iyarTeam Events Two ofourteachers, Ms. N. Annapoorna & Mr. A. A. Kingston, went on a 10 day visit to Cunningham Hill Junior School at St. Albans, just outside London, UK. They initiated joint projects between the children of two countries and also studied the education system in UK. Theywere back in India on 12/10/2010. On 02/10/2010, the rally organized by D. R.B. C.C. Hindu College students for Religious Harmony ended at Sevalaya campus. Mr. V. Muralidharan addressed the students on Gandhian values. Gandhi Jayanthi was celebrated at Sevalaya on 04/10/2010. Mr. S. Madhavan (CEO, Cognizant Foundation) and Ms. Archana Raghuram (Senior Program Manager, Cognizant Foundation Outreach Programme) were the Chief Guests on the occasion. They distributed prizes to the toppers in the State Level Examination on Gandhiji conducted by Sevalaya for schools and prison residents. They also assured full supportfrom Cl’ S to Sevalaya. Ga dhi Ex m Prize Distributi { . . u . On 05/10/2010, All India Radio broadcast a variety entertainment programme presented by Sevalaya children. AXA Team members of Tata consultancy Services conducted a quiz competition for students of IX and XI students on 09/10/2010. On 10/10/2010, Parent Teachers Meeting for students of Standards X and XII was conducted. Progress Reports for the first terminal Examination were distributed and the teachers spoke to the parents of the students on the progress made by them. Mr. V. Muralidharan addressed all the parents. Our students participated in the State Level Science Exhibition conducted by Department of School Education, Tamilnadu at Gnana Vidhyalaya Hr. Sec. School, Thiruvalluron 13/10/2010 and won third prize. On 15/10/2010, Saraswathi pooja was celebrated at Sevalaya. Mr. E. Gopalakrishnan, Manager, Indian Bank, Thiruninravur was the chief guest on the occasion. He mentioned that Sevalaya was celebrating Saraswathi Pooja throughout the year by providing life-coping and character building education to poor rural children free of any charges and without any discrimination of caste, creed or religion. On 26/10/2010, Dr. Subbaiya Pandi (Professor, Dept of Physics, The Presidencycollege, Chennai) conducted a session on “Learning Scientific Concepts through Practical Experiments“ for our school students. This programme was organized by Ms. Indumathi Vasantha Kumar (Mathi Vasantham Library), Ambattur. XII standard Students of Agriculture group went on an excursion to Bharathi’s Farm at Thiruvalangadu nearArakkonam on 27/ 10/2010. They saw different kinds of fruit trees and a number trees like Sandalwood, Rosewood etc. ., They were taught how certain organicfertilizers are prepared, methods of grafting etc. ., Science Exhlbltl T at Thiruvallur On 30/10/2010, 25 children who won the first round of quiz were taken to TCS Siruserri office by the AXAteam. The children went around the TCS facility, attended the second round of quiz, had lunch and fun games. On 30/10/2010, Sevalaya's Diwali function was celebrated for the BIG family of Sevalaya consisting of 1300 kids, 60 senior citizens and 80 staff members. Mr. R. P. Satyanarayanan, Vice Chancellor of SRM University was the chief guest. He distributed new clothes, sweets and crackers to all the 1300 children. Ms. Anitha Rajesh, Director, Operations of HCL distributed clothes to the senior citizens. Staff Book Review On 02/10/2010, Mr. R.Vijayaraghavan spoke on “Gandhian Solutions for Global Warming" and Mr. K. Shanmugam spoke on “Gandhi in South Africa”. “Autobiography- Gandhi" was taken up for discussion by Mr. K.Shanmugam on 09/10/2010. On the same day Mr. C.Adhimuthu shared his views on “Gandhi for children". On 16/10/2010, Mr. A. Raj spoke on Autobiography of Gandhiji. “Path shown by Gandhiji" was taken up for discussion by Mr. P.Soundararajan on 23/10/2010. On the same day Mr. D.Pradap narrated interesting anecdotes from Gandhiji's Life. “Way of Gandhi" was taken up for discussion by Mr. J.Selvanayagam. Sports On 07/10/2010, in the Zonal Level Meet conducted at Ajay stadium, Avadi by Thiruvallur AthleticAssociation. B. Subashree won 1st prize in 600m running and 2”‘ prize in high jump in the junior level. In the Super-Senior level M. Diwakar won 3"‘ prize in 800m running. S. Kamalakkannan got 2”‘ prize in 1500m running. S. Raghu won 3"‘ prize in 400m running. In the Discuss Throw (Junior) R. Arun Kumar got second place. On 26/10/2010, in the District Level Hand Ball match held at Thiruvallur R. M. Jain School, Sevalaya's Senior and Super-senior team were the winners. On 26/10/2010, District Level Carom Competition held at Thiruvallur R. M. Jain School, S. Raghu was the runner up. Training Programme Mr. K. Senthilnathan & Ms. B. Nirmala, staff, Sevalaya, attended the session on “Communication Skill Training” on 01/10/2010 and 08/10/2010 at Textan House, Ashok Nagar, conducted by CSIM. Mr. E. Aadam Basha & Ms. B. Nimiala, Staff, Sevalaya, attended the session on “Life Skill Education" on 13/10/2010 and 14/10/2010 at DIl: ‘l' (District Institute of Education and Training), Thirur. Q 3 Ga Stap Exh " A School Clubs On 26/10/2010, Mr. P.Soundararajan explained about Grammar in the Tamil club. On 05/10/2010, Mr. R. Rajesh conducted a language game called “20 Questions" in the English Club meet. On 13/10/2010, Mr. D. Ebenezer Bakkian (BT Assistant Teacher, Dasar High. School-Thiruninravur) spoke on “Easy ways to understanding Mathematics" in the Mathematics club. Ms. Nagajothi (Teacher, Govt. High School - Pakkam) spoke on"Art and Culture” in the Social Science club on 13/10/2010. On 22/10/2010, JRC (Junior Red Cross) training programme was conducted at our campus. Mr. Kethion (JRC Assistant, Gowdy School-Thiruvallur) was the chief guest. Monthly Interact Club of Sevalaya meet was held on 26/10/2010 and an election was conducted in the meeting to select the arts and vocational directors for this year. N55 Activities The NSS wing of Sevalaya undertook the cleaning of the Sevalaya campus on 08/10/2010, cleaning ofthe Tamaraipakkam temple on 14/10/2010 and cleaning of the Puliyurroadsides on 26/10/2010
  3. 3. Gandhi Team Events On 07/10/2010, an Awareness Rally on Global Warming was organized by Puthiya Thalaimurai Trust. Mr. V. Muralidharan participated in the rally along with Chindai Jayaraman of Angel Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Mr. D. V. Venkatagiri, Secretary, Puthiya Thalaimurai Trust, Mr. Abdul Kareem of Puthiya Thalaimurai and District Environment Coordinator, Mr. P. Murugavel. The rally exhorted public to switch off all lights for 10 minutes at 10 pm on 10'“ Oct 2010 as a token of doing our bit for reducing the Global Warming. More than 1000 students from Sevalaya, Angel Mat. Hr. Sec School, St. C| aret's Mat. Hr. Sec School and Govt High School, Thiruninravur participated in the rally. The rally was followed by a seminar on Global Warming at Angel Mt. Hr. Sec School. Sevalaya organized a special exhibition of stamps featuring Gandhiji brought out by 120 nations on 19/10/2010. The rare collections of stamps, first day Covers, Coins featuring Gandhiji and rare photos of Gandhiji by philatelist Mr. M. L. Rajesh were on display. The special guests on the occasion were Mr. G. Rammohan (Retired Railway Safety Commissioner) and Mr. M. L. Rajesh, Philatelist specializing in Gandhiji. This exhibition was a rare treat for not only children studying in Sevalaya's Mahakavi Bharathiyar Higher Secondary School but also other students in the vicinity who got a glimpse of the services rendered by Gandhiji and his impact on the whole world. Mobile Library On 10/10/2010, Sevalaya's Mobile Library visited Alandur and Arunthathipalayam villages on 31/10/2010. Kottu Murasu On 30/10/2010, Sevalaya's Kottumurasu Troup presented a cultural programme in Kasavampedu village. Vivekanandar Team Events World Elders Day was celebrated on 01/10/2010 at Thiruvallur by the District Social Welfare Department. Senior citizens from our Old Age Home took part in the celebrations. Mrs. Geetha Jeevan (Minister, Social Welfare Department), Ms. R. Vasuki, Director Social Welfare Department and Mr. T . P. Rajesh , District Collector, Thiruvallur were the chief guests. On the same day our senior citizens participated in the World Elders Day celebrations at Anna Nagar, Chennai by Tamilnadu Senior Citizens’ Association. On 01/10/2010, our students presented a cultural programme at HVF Annual day Celebrations at HVF, IAF Avadi. rrmrr. :r ; rr. :r-. r.r~: yr-. v,~ *’i‘-lI= vl‘-If-. l'i'IIili. r - r”. "nr= raiar= .I1 fl[aw= inI, aI= |r Zllljll Lnrrli ALL tiilarli ALL On 02/10/2010, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi, our students sang bhajans at Marina Beach near Mahatma Gandhiji's statue and paid floral tributes to the Father of the Nation. This program was organized by Government of Tamilnadu. The Govemor, Chief Minister and many ministers of Tamilnadu participated. Our students also participated in the Gandhi Jayanthi Function at Thiruvallur Khadi shop. Mr. '|'. P. rajesh, Collector Thiruvallur was the chief guest. On 23/10/2010, our students participated in the Diwali Celebrations at MGR Janaki College, Chennai, organized by Inner Wheel Dist 323 at the invitation of Inner Wheel Clubof Madras North. On 23/10/2010, our children participated in the Ayudha Pooja celebrations by Pattabiram-Anna NagarAuto Stand members. JRC (Junior Red Cross) students of Maharishi Vidhyamandir Hr. Sec. School, Chennai visited Sevalaya 23/10/2010. They distributed new clothes to the inmates of Sevalaya's OAH and wentaround the campus. JRC students of DRBCC Hr. Sec. School, Thiruvallur organized a day long camp at Sevalaya on 30/10/2010. They presented a cultural programme and provided lunch for all the inmates of Sevalaya. On 31/10/2010, our students participated in the Cracker show organized by Lions Club International arranged at D. G. Vaishnav College Grounds, Chennai. Visit to places of worship On 08/10/2010, the hostel girls went to Ramanathapuram Vinayagar Temple and hostel boys went to Puliyur Amman Temple. On 15/10/2010, hostel boys went to Ramanathapuram Vinayagar Temple. On 22/ 1 0/2010, the hostel girls went to went to Ramanathapuram Vinayagar Temple. On 29/10/2010, the hostel boys went to RamanathapuramVinayagarTemp| e. Other Events The “Joy of Giving week” concluded on 02/10/2010. Sevalaya children, staff and donors participated in the week long celebration of Giving. Staff from Hindustan lever Chennai collected provision items, toys, clothes and stationary items during the week and they visited Sevalaya to handover the collections. Students of Sri Sankara Senior Secondary school, Adyar, Chennai also donated many such items. Staff from Tata Tele services, Chennai visited Sevalaya campus and have sponsored the education of two girl children. Mr. V. Muralidharan was one of the guest speakers on the ‘‘world Elders Day” program organized by Tamilnadu Senior Citizens’ Association, at Anna Nagar, on 09/10/2010. On 13/10/2010, Sevalaya staff participated in the preparation meeting for social audit. This is coordinated by CSIM. On 13/10/2010, Mr. V. Muralidharan reviewed the book “Sing| e tree forest", a life history of Mr. M. B. Nirmal, founder of Exnora International , at Gandhi Study Centre, ChennaL On 14/10/2010, Sevalaya was invited by Rotary club of Madras Midtown and 3 computers were donated for the use of “Digital literacy” project. Mr. T. S. Venkataramani, Honorary coordinator, received the computers on behalf of Sevalaya. On 17/10/2010, the executive committee meeting of Puthiya Thalaimurai readers’ circle, Thiruvallur was held in Sevalaya. Mr. V. Muralidharan chaired the meeting in the capacity of Honorary District organizer of Puthiya Thalaimurai readers’ circle, Thiruvallur. Mr. V. Muralidharan, in his capacity as Tamilnadu state representative of Credibility alliance attended national seminar and annual general meeting of the alliance held at Delhi on 22/10/2010 and 23/10/2010.. In this meeting, the central planning commission has requested for consultations with voluntary sector on the draft of the 12*“ 5 year plan. , iehrrr7ilifi ‘P-. l_', l'-. liliTilzl r: :i'l-.1"-i’r. .i‘i't-i'rr -. .r‘E; r'rr. .rrI'1rr. .r ° 31 mrel; :4
  4. 4. Gandhiji’s Fasts Xlll Epic Fast-3 The Fast ends; but the crusade continues! On September 20,1932, Gandhiji issued a statement which stated inter alia, “ I am untouchable by choice, and I have endeavored to qualify myself to represent, not the upper ten even among the ‘untouchables’ because be it said to their shame there are castes and classes among them, but my ambition is to represent and identify myself either, as far as possible with the lowest strata of ‘untouchables’ namely the‘ invisib| es' and the 'unapproachab| es'. ..It will not be by reservation of seats but will be by the strenuous work of the Hindu reformers in their midst, and it is because I feel that this separation would have killed all prospect of reform that my whole soul has rebelled against it. . . . One hundred lives given for this noble cause would be. .. poor penance done by Hindus for the atrocious wrongs they have heaped upon helpless men and women of their own faith. .. I would urge them not to swerve from the path of strictest justice. My fast I want to throw in the scales of justice and if it wakes up the Caste Hindus from their slumber, and ifthey are roused to a sense of duty it will have served its purpose. ..” Deep seated prejudices suddenly seemed to give way. Many traditional temples threw open their gates to the "untouchables". Gandhiji said, “They have only now admitted God. Hitherto, the images, which the custodians, falsely, and in their pride, thought had God within, were god| ess. .”. There was a flurry of activity and there were several rounds of talks between the Hindu leaders and leaders representing the “untouchables” SPONSORSHIP DETAILS SPONSORSHIP FOOD CHILDREN HOME OLD AGE HOME Contribution{Rs) Endowments{Rs)Contribution(Rs) Endowments(Rs) like Dr. Ambedkar. One suggestion made outwas that for a portion of the seats, the “untouchables” vote among themselves and prepare a panel. Then the entire electorate, including the “untouchables” will vote to elect one among them. Gandhiji found a flaw in this scheme. He reasoned, “This will again divide the “untouchables “into two separate groups. There will be the panel groups and there will be the other group which will come by direct e| ection. ..This will create a feeling of superiority and inferiority among the Depressed Classes. Again he said, what is the logic in applying panel system for some seats only? If it is good, let it be applied to all seats. .. Dr. Ambedkar appreciated the suggestion of the panel system for all the seats and said it was“very kind. ” The Poona Pact was signed on this basis by the “Hindu” leaders and the leaders of ‘the Untouchable section. While under the British Government proposal, only 71 seats would have been reserved forthis section, the number of seats reserved under this Pact was 148. The Pact received the approval of the British Government. Gandhiji ended his fast on September 26, to the singing of Vaishnava Janato and handing over ofa glass oforange juice by Kasturba Gandhi. Gandhiji then intensified his campaign for eradication of untouchability, by forming an All India Anti—Untouchabi| ity League and embarking on a country wide tour. Other Sonsorshi Contribution Rs Endowments Rs Residential Expenses for _ _ 0000 80000 lVl'll<(On9 Time) 500 7000 200 3200 one Child/ one child/ one Grandpa/ year Breakfast(one day) 1000 14000 500 7000 Maintenance of One Cow/ year 6000 80000 Lunch/ Dinner 2000 28000 1000 14000 Education Expenses for Lunch/ Dinner with sweet 2500 35000 1250 20000 one Chi| d/year 6°00 80000 ‘flnm Salary for one statt per month 5000 850000 Fullday food Expenses 3500 50000 2000 28000 Funeral Expenses for 5000 70000 Fullday food Expenses 5000 70000 3000 42000 °“9 ‘3"’““P"’°“9 G”’““'“" with Sweet or mm _ 0:liilIillI: arieE§: r[IcjE: /Iiheogiandma 1000 1 4000 j _ . 1 - _ F “'0 Pa rents Meetlng I DRBCC JLIn|0l' Red Cross Programme lg/ Ilfiliijr/0)an| eE(><; r;: rr1i: E:/ Eirreogtiandma 500 7000 ‘ N" I‘ I c dT , T I v‘ "ti criiiiifnZ%. ai2§sr§$”§. siim§' 500 7000 Sports Expenses for one child per year 500 7000 Educational Aids 1 000 14000 Educational Kits 1 000 14000 Higher Education 20000 300000 Professional Higher Education 50000 700000 Workshopiirainingltor one Staff 28000 DONATION FORM Name : Address : City: District : Postal Code : Phone No E—mail Address : I hereby enclose my donation of Please make your donation payable by cheque to SEVALAYA and send to: SEVALAYA, Kasuva Village, Pakkam Po. , Near Thiruninravur — 602 024. November 2010 Chennai LOVE ALL SERVE ALL PAGE 4