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Jun 3, 2019

Mukesh aces the 2019 SSLC Public Exam!

We are happy to share the wonderful news that Mukesh, our visually challenged teenager, has aced the 10th Standard SSLC Public Exam with 401 marks out of 500. Although completely blind, Mukesh is not one to wallow in self-pity. What he lacks physically, he more than makes up for in intelligence. Little did we know of his many abilities when he was rescued at Kilpauk in Chennai, years ago. Although starting an academic program much later than others his age, Mukesh showed tremendous progress in studies and we decided to enrol him in St. Louis School for the Blind, Adyar. Of keen wit and mind, Mukesh not only aced at studies but also at music that he learnt to play at this school, famous for its orchestra of blind students.

It is said that “many have sight but few have vision”. The complete opposite is true of Mukesh. Always an achiever – in fact stubbornly so, he never takes “no” for an answer and finds strength and means to accomplish goals he sets for himself. He wants to pursue higher education and we know that’s exactly what he’ll do! We are incredibly excited at his potential to lead a powerfully inspiring and purposeful life.

[The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) is a certification obtained by a student on successfully completing the public exam at the end of the secondary schooling level in India. The SSLC is obtained on passing the grade 10 public examination, popular in Indian states, especially Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. The door to higher education is now open to Mukesh or he may choose to join trade courses of his choice. Should he pursue studies, he will enter Pre-University for two years after which he could enter a university for undergraduate studies.]


Apr 22, 2019

A Quick Update

3D view of the proposed home
3D view of the proposed home

Dear Sponsor,

Recent changes in Governmental policy concerning large-scale construction in Chennai has slowed down the pace of our program. The Government has now introduced a new online portal that requires the resubmission of all documents (that we had manually submitted when we set up this project page). With general elections happening across India, the State of Tamil Nadu just went to the polls last week, which has caused a further delay in Governmental approvals to the project.

That being said, we’ve completed a considerable amount of work in the meanwhile.

We received the Land and Layout approvals from the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA). The Architect’s plan has been drawn up and approved by Sri Arunodayam’s Board of Trustees. We have also received Sub-Division approval (which is part of the building plan approval) from the Chennai Corporation. We had completed the soil test and a pile foundation was recommended considering that the building is to be constructed on the shore of a lake. Based on this recommendation we have drawn up the structural design as well. An application for the approval of the building plan has been submitted and is being processed. As per our policy, tenders for construction have been sourced from three reputed builders in Chennai and the Board of Trustees will make the selection.

We are eagerly awaiting the last approval from the Commissioner of Chennai Corporation and will immediately commence construction as soon as we receive it, which is likely to be in the month of June 2019.

We thank you for your patience. Watch this space for more information in the coming months. The hard work in terms of all Government requirements and paperwork has been successfully completed. You will hear from us as our campaign takes off. Thanks again for your good wishes and support.


Mar 5, 2019

Founder's Day: Celebrating 17 Years of Service

On February 26, 2019, we celebrated Founder’s Day. This makes 17 years of dedicated service to abandoned children with intellectual disability (ID). When it comes to the children’s welfare, we make no compromise. They are extremely vulnerable, and we are entrusted with the honourable duty of nurturing them into the incredible persons that they are, while enabling an environment that they can truly call ‘home’.   Programs and services aimed at their personal development have always retained their position at the very top of our organizational goals. Although moving us out of our comfort zone, the two large-scale projects we are undertaking this year (i.e. building a new home to shelter and rehabilitate an additional 100 little girls, and setting up a dedicated Early Intervention Center for toddlers and children (0-8 years old)) are in direct response to the critical need in our country for safe havens for abandoned children.

Founder’s Day this year was celebrated a little differently. On the 26th we held our Annual Sports Day at Good Shepherd Convent, Nungambakkam, followed by a lovely lunch for our children, staff and benefactors. On the 27th, we held a Cultural Day at our home. It was a great time to take stock of our journey – documenting what works and what doesn’t, and setting a new roadmap for the year ahead. Each of our major Departments (Special Education, Physiotherapy, Medical, and Vocational Training) made short presentations on their Department journeys since 2003. Taking stock is vital in helping us understand where we are now and how that compares to where we would like to be. It also focuses the spotlight back on the children - our raison d'être. Our special thanks to the 50 benefactors who took time out of their busy schedules to be with us on these days. We deeply appreciate it.

Read our March 2019 newsletter for a quick roundup of activities over the past month.

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