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New Home for Abandoned Girls with ID

by Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust
New Home for Abandoned Girls with ID
Pile Capping work 1
Pile Capping work 1

Dear Benefactor,

Thank you for your patience. Glad to share that since our last report, we have successfully completed the pile foundation or deep foundation stage of construction. Today we complete the next phase known as “pile capping”. Tomorrow, construction commences on the basement, followed by the first roofing, all of which will be complete within the next 45 days. We will share those pictures with you in the next report.

We are extremely excited about these developments. Trusting providence and continuing to knock on doors each day, we are grateful for every contribution coming our way to help get this new facility up, so that more abandoned children can be rescued.

Apparently we haven’t shared construction cost information with you before. Our apologies.

Here’s a quick view of the scale of this project.

We had first planned a 10,000 sq.ft. building but the Government subsequently revised the Floor Space Index (FSI), which resulted in increased floor space for construction. We are now able to build a ground floor (stilt structure) and first and second floors, increasing our building area to 13,168 sq.ft. This new ‘residential cum rehabilitation’ facility is designed to accommodate 100+ more children than we have today (115 currently residing at separate facilities for girls and boys). The new home will have its own medical center, physiotherapy and special education rooms, a large vocational training center, dormitories, restrooms, a centralized kitchen/pantry and dining room, therapeutic garden spaces, and progressive rehabilitative therapy spaces such as hydrotherapy units and specially constructed play units.  

The construction cost alone amounts to INR 3,29,20,000/- (Rupees three crores, twenty nine lakhs and twenty thousand) i.e. around USD 463,155/- In addition, we need to furnish the home with special rehabilitation equipment. We are speaking to donors to consider sponsoring the construction of rooms or to even consider sponsoring a square foot at a time! The options are endless. [We've attached a table highlighting cost of construction for children's rooms. These areas are up for direct sponsorship. Other sections such as the administrative wing, stores, laundry, ramps, lifts and other important spaces have not been included.] Do share the word with your family and friends. Any help will be much appreciated!

In the meanwhile, rescue and rehabilitation work continues at Sri Arunodayam. With our existing infrastructure it’s a bit of a squeeze but we cannot turn children away – children like three-year old Vaishnavi who came to our door last week. Vaishnavi was abandoned by her 54-year-old mother who has borderline personality disorder. The mother herself appears to have been abandoned and is currently receiving treatment at a separate home. The Child Welfare Committee insists that Vaishnavi remain with us as she has severe acute malnutrition, weighing a mere 4 kilos! Here’s a picture of her all bathed, refreshed, fed, and basking in the attention she’s receiving since she got here!

More updates soon!

Pile capping work2
Pile capping work2
Construction Cost for Specific Rooms
Construction Cost for Specific Rooms
New entrant - Vaishnavi
New entrant - Vaishnavi


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We have great news for you - our project is back on track! 

In past reports you would have read how difficult the government and local authorities made it for us that we were considering closing our project page (not the project of course!). Our guiding principles do not allow us to indulge in the prevailing immoral practice of bribing, and this uncompromising stand has had its repercussions. After a year’s delay, the project finally commenced with the laying of the pile foundation on August 28, 2019.

As this new home will be situated on the shore of a small lake, pile foundations or deep foundations are absolutely critical. 74 large columns made from steel and reinforced concrete have already been laid since August 28. Construction is temporarily on hold due to heavy monsoon rains, but will continue by month-end where pile cap beams will be laid over the 74 columns (capping beams are steel and concrete beams that tie all the piling together to reinforce the entire structure, as designed to our engineer’s specs.)

Here are a few pictures of construction work on the site. Now that things are back on track, we will keep you posted through regular reports with photographic evidence.

Our sincere thanks to all who contributed already to this project. Be assured that every penny has been utilized towards getting this up and running. Thank you for believing in us. Do share this information with your family and friends, and help us get more vulnerable orphaned children off our dangerous streets! As our partner in this project, you have a wonderful opportunity to become a foster parent to 100 little orphaned girls with intellectual disability, leaving your lasting legacy of love for all time!

Watch this space for more.


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Dear Friends,

Just a quick note to let you know that our project has been delayed yet again. Despite submitting all the required paperwork to the concerned Governmental Departments, they continue to delay approval and make things difficult for us. Our Founder visits them almost on a daily basis but to no avail. As part of our guiding principles, we have never, and will never pay a bribe. We are left with no alternative than to submit a written complaint to the highest office, which will be done before the end of this week.

That being said, we have decided to temporarily close this project page until we can give you photographic evidence of the commencement of the project. As soon as foundation work commences, we will re-open the page. Please bear with us.

To all those who have contributed already, rest assured that your money is safely kept aside towards the project. Thank you so much for your faith in us. We will not let you down. You will hear from us soon – this is our promise. Nothing can derail our vision and commitment to save more vulnerable and abandoned children with intellectual disability.

Thank you for understanding.

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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.


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Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @sri_arunodayam
Project Leader:
Iyyappan Subramanian
Founder Managing Trustee
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
$1,690 raised of $200,000 goal
21 donations
$198,310 to go
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