Project #15258

Support Abandoned Mentally Challenged Children

by Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust

Dear friends,

Greetings to you from the special children of Sri Arunodayam!

Sri Arunodayam is happy to announce that our current project is fully funded. Thank you so much for making this happens.

Sri Arunodayam would like to say a big “Thank You” for being our partner and friend! We deeply value your support and hope to connect with you as often as we can. Because of you, our dream that commenced in 2002 still continues to be successful, as we provide services to those who have a limited ability to advocate for them.

From a single child in 2003, Sri Arunodayam has come a long way. We've rescued 320 children of which 88 have been reunited with their families, and 56 were transferred to other homes for specialized care. Due to the nature of their illness the mortality rate of these children is high. Despite providing the best medical care we can afford, many of them don’t make it. At present, we have 106 precious lives in our care.

Thus, from a simple home providing shelter, care, and protection, Sri Arunodayam is now a facility that is also focusing on rehabilitation through education and therapies that are helping improve the quality of life of these children, enabling them live as independent individuals contributing to society.

I would like to share a story that will narrate you that how your help has been making an impact in the lives of our children at Sri Arunodayam.

Sai Lakshmi is 2 ½ years old. She came to us when she was just two months old. She is mildly challenged, with developmental delay, hemiplegic, and has a tumor on her brain stem.

She had no head control, was very tiny and fragile, her muscles were flaccid and she could only lie in bed and do nothing else. She also had tuberculosis (of which she is now cured). Our care and regular physiotherapy has almost completely changed her. Swiss ball exercises helped her gain head control and the therapist is working to strengthen her hip and abdomen muscles. She can now sit for long periods and even walk with a baby walker!

Sai Lakhshmi is one of 106 children at Sri Arunodayam - a home for abandoned mentally challenged children, in the city of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, India.

Around 16% of the home’s children are mildly challenged, 23% moderately challenged, 38% severely challenged, 19% profoundly challenged, 2% are spastic, and 2% visually challenged.

We are happy to inform you that we have created a new project and request you to continue your support to Sri Arunodayam.

On behalf of Sri Arunodayam we wish you continued happiness and peace.

Thank you so much,

Sri Arunodayam Tel: +91-9444915803 Email: Website:

Dear Friends, 

I hope all is well with you. I am happy to share this report with you. Thank you so much all that you do for these children. 

The famous five

We welcomed 5 new children (or, technically speaking – young adults) into our home, on April 12, 2016!

Siva, Kandasamy, Basha, Moosan,and Kumar are mentally challenged orphans, males above the age of 18. Although their biological age ranges between 18 and 40, they actually have the mental development of 10-15 year olds.

Their story

The boys were looked after by a certain Trust in Chengalpattu, in the State of Tamil Nadu, India, which wound-up operations recently. They were then sent to Wisdom home - an orphanage for normal children, but could not fit in there as they have special needs. 

So, when Wisdom home approached us, we immediately said yes! We could understand that these youngsters were going through a really rough and uncertain time, and we saw apprehension writ large on their faces. Our hearts went out to them and they immediately responded with big smiles!

At Prayatna

We have around 25 such youngsters already with us but the famous five fit in easily from the first day onwards! Very accommodating and eager to learn, we’ve placed them in Prayatna – our Vocational Training Center for 18 year olds’ and above. Here, they will be trained in book binding, and making envelopes, paper bags, candles, door mats, aprons, gloves and napkins.

Prayatna also handles our organicvegetable garden and we are getting into vermiculture too. If the famous five are so inclined, they would be trained in organic farming techniques.

Differently abled, not disabled

If we have learnt anything at all in these past 14 years of caring for the mentally challenged, it is that nothing is impossible for them when they are given the right opportunities and support. They have every potential of becoming productive citizens of society, if only given a chance.

Angel is 3 ½ years old. She was abandoned in a city hospital in Chennai by her teenage, single mother around 3 months before she came to us. Her story is remarkable because she just doesn’t seem to give up!

Angel is mentally challenged and has hydrocephalus - a dangerous condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain, enlarging the head - and sometimes causing brain damage. Luckily, Angel appears to prove the “damage” part wrong! When we got her, she was listless, unresponsive, and almost comatose. And when she eventually did open her eyes, she appeared not to see us and had absolutely no range of movement (ROM) whatsoever.

It’s amazing what physiotherapy, and a good bit of love and care can do for a baby, like Angel. As she began to respond, the first thing she developed was a highly contagious smile! She began to recognize faces, coo, turn over by herself, and now wiggles around delightedly when she hears her name called. She loves the sound of music and kicks and flexes her little feet and arms, as if dancing, even though she is still on her back. She appears to be learning something new each day! She now has almost 80 percent head control, holds her own feeding bottle, is attempting to crawl, can sit up with assistance, repeats words, salutes, shakes hands, and even throws flying kisses to delighted visitors. She absolutely loves physiotherapy time and that’s why she’s making remarkable progress.

True to her name, Angel is a little messenger who comes to us with a softly whispered message - that with a little faith, love,and lots of hope, every challenge – however insurmountable – can be overcome, in time. Angel is one of 106 children at Sri Arunodayam - a home for abandoned mentally challenged children, in the city of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, India.

Around 16% of the home’s children are mildly challenged, 23% moderately challenged, 38% severely challenged, 19% profoundly challenged, 2% are spastic, and 2% visually challenged.


This year, Sri Arunodayam celebrated Women’s Day by honouring all its women staff through a specially planned eventthatbrought out their latent talents! All-year-round, they’re so occupied with caring for the children, that we planned this day just to celebrate them and let them know how important they are to us. They chose to entertain the children through skits, songs and dances and the children appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

The program began with a very inspirational talk by our Chief Guest, Mrs. Radha Krishnan (one of our Trustees) who touched our hearts, making us truly appreciative of the wonders of womanhood. We took a pledge to respect women and always treat them with dignity - to respect them for who they are and not just for what they do - to never pass up an opportunity to defend them, especially when they are being wrongfully harassed or discriminated against - and to continue to support all the important women in ourlives in every way that we can.

We also thanked the men in our lives who constantly support us and let us be ourselves. As a novel way of showing our women folk how much we appreciate them we put up a notice board with pictures of them and highlighted a positive skill or trait about each of them– whether teacher, care giver, nurse, or cook! They were absolutely delighted with all the attention! Through short speeches and charts we recalled the history and purpose of Women’s Day and the UN’s theme for 2016 - Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.

To end a wonderful day, we gave each staff membera gift as a token of our appreciation, and then, the floor was open for a fun time of dancing and merry-making in which the children - who were just waiting for a chance – happily joined in!


Dear Friends,

Greetings to you all from Sri Arunodayam,

Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust is a registered organisation that works for the well-being of mentally challenged children who have been abandoned by their families. Opened in 2002, the organization was founded on firm humanitarian values of love, care, and tireless service, enabling it to handle any humanitarian crises as they arise.

Although Sri Arunodayam’s main focus is on abandoned, mentally challenged children, it could not turn its eyes away from the terrible plight of other suffering people, especially during the recent floods in Chennai.

And so, armed with a heart for action, Sri Arunodayam opened its doors to all during this critical period, and together with the help of compassionate donors and volunteers, set about making an impact in the lives of those affected.

After the first ten days of relief work, Good Shepherd School, Nungambakkam,chennai joined hands with Sri Arunodayam and more than 50,000 meals, 2,000 school kits and 5,000 ration kits were distributed in the surrounding areas.

Thank you so very much for the timely support you provided, which helped us help the most affected during the floods in Chennai last year. Because you decided to step in, we were able to achieve all that we did.

Here’s a report on the Flood Relief Operations carried out by Sri Arunodayam and our volunteer teams.

We hope you enjoy reading this, and thanks once again!


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Organization Information

Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Iyyappan Subramanian
Founder Managing Trustee
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India

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