Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust

Reach out to mentally challenged abandoned children and provide care and protection Protect and promote the rights of children with special needs Equip the community to integrate the mentally challenged children into the society
Jan 19, 2016

PONGAL CELEBRATIONS - " HAPPY PONGAL "

pongal celebration  at sri arunodayam
pongal celebration at sri arunodayam

Dear Friends and Well-wishers,

Greetings from Sri Arunodayam, We are happy to inform that pongal has been celebrated at Sri Arunodayam and we are happy to share this with you.

It’s time to celebrate and rejoice and yes, the festive season of pongal has arrived. As we all know Pongal is a festival which is celebrated for four days consequently. Bhogi, in which we eradicate old things, thoughts etc and buy r cultivate new things and thoughts. Thai pongal, where they celebrate the arrival of new month Thai and it also known as harvesting and thanks giving festival for nature and other things which were helpful to them. Maatu Pongal, which is celebrated and dedicated to cows. Kannum Pongal is dedicated to visiting family and friends.

We the staff and the children of Sri Arunodayam charitable trust takes this festival seriously and gives all the children of Arunodayam the actual spirit of celebrating pongal. The usual celebration of pongal at Sri Arunodayam will always happen in an unusual way as it is celebrated in villages.  The set up of the festival stated by tying of decorative items (thoeranam), tying of flower garlands throughout the premises, drawing of colorful rangoli in the premises and finally the decoration of pongal pot. New clothes were given to all the children of Sri Arunodayam to retrieve the fun of pongal in each one of them.

The stove to cook pongal has been set up with natural things bricks and sticks and it was fired. Followed by praising of nature and sun, the pongal pot was set on to cook with all its ingredients. When the pongal is cooked and ready to serve, the famous yelling of “pongalooo pongal, pongalooo pongal” happened. With celebration of singing pongal songs and having fun happened throughout the festival.

Finally, a sweet pongal and white pongal with vegetable curry which were prepared from vegetables harvested in our garden were enjoyed by everyone stomach full…

Cherishing and greeting everyone is the actual impact of celebrations, it gives fulfillment to us when we know that it has been achieved…..

Dec 15, 2015

Flood releif Activities

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you from Sri Arunodayam,

The relief work started on 14th Nov 2015 and continues till date as several parts of chennai were hit by rain and subsequent breaching of water bodies. Food prepared by our team and volunteers from all over chennai was distributed to more than 50000 individuals in flood affected areas like kolathur, Thirumal nagar, Sidco, ICF, Sathankadu, Ennore, Thirukandalam Village, Ellapuram Ontrium, Kannagi nagar, Thamaraipakkam, Redhills and Cuddalore. Essential items like mats, bedsheets, clothes and water have already been distributed to more than 2500 families all across these areas. Volunteers have tirelessly been reaching out to those in need for days and nights together. Chennai Corporation has also now joined hands with us to provide support and relief where needed. Rains have subsided and so has the water level, but chennai still needs to recover from losses and stand firm on its feet as before.

We know, we are in your prayers and now is the time to change your thoughts to actions. Though all your help and blessings have made it possible to reach out to the ones in need in these dire circumstances, we urge you to continue the good will and help us to overcome this tough time by doing your bit.

 

Thank you so much 

Sep 8, 2015

Specialized Medical Care Unit

New Specialized Medical Care Unit
New Specialized Medical Care Unit

All thanks to you! A Specialized Medical Care Unit now provides Timely Care to Severely Disabled,Mentally Challenged Children.

Yes, we'd like to personally thank you for your great generosity which has helped us set up a specialized medical care unit for our severely disabled, mentally challenged children. As one of our benefactors, you've shared in our trials and now it's time to share in our joy.

As you are aware, our 105 children have been through so much... looking at them today, one would hardly imagine the horrors they've been though. When these children were brought to us, most of them arrived in desperate conditions, having endured rejection, abuse,and unimaginable hardships. Several had serious medical conditions that required immediate attention. At our home, we nurtured, fed, clothed, comforted, and medically treated them to the best of our abilities.

It's a known fact that the life expectancy of such children is much shorter than that of the general population. And those who are immobile tend to have an even shorter life expectancy than those who are mobile. Several of these children still require tube feeding or assistance which being fed; these are the ones that suffer the most and are more vulnerable during times of epidemic or disease. And due to the nature of their disability, these children tend to fall ill easily and require constant medical supervision; they need to be taken to the hospital for regular checkups,follow-ups, and treatment regimes. And sometimes,despite our very best efforts, we weren't able to get them to a hospital on time.

But here's where you stepped in to make a radical change!

Through your generous contributions, we've now opened up a specialized medical care unit on our campus itself,which is saving precious lives and contributing to the overall improvement in health of these destitute children.

Although these children may be written-off by society, nevertheless, they are precious human beings needing constant attention and care. Your sponsorship has made a huge, life-changing impact for which, the children and myself, want to say a big,"Thank You".

 

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