Kamalalayam Chatralaya for the Underprivileged FAQ Guidelines for Admission
Kamalalayam Trust is a not for profit non-governmental organization registered as a public charitable trust in 2008. For three years after its inception it conducted an after-school Learning Lab for some 80 fishermen’s children in Neelangarai, Chennai. In 2012, it leased out a piece of land from Swami Dayananda Education Society, Manjakudi, to build a Girls’ Home modeled after SOS Children’s Villages. Inspired by the vision of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, The Girls’ Home has been conceived of as a home away from home, providing nutritious food, clean living dorms, health care, all round development and quality education

Kamalalayam Trust, Manjakudi, was inaugurated by Pujya Swamiji on the 7th of July 2013 with a core group of nine underprivileged children, admitted after complete screening and medical tests. Today, our Home has 24 happy children, all of whom have done exceptionally well in their academics and extra-curricular programs.

Our Faclities
  Kamalalayam has its own building that has an impressive list of facilities; it includes:

1. A large hall for prayer and extra-curricular activities
2. A sizable dormitory that can accommodate up to 40 children.
3. An Activity room for indoor games.
4. A Counseling cum Reception room.
5. A well equipped library cum computer lab.
6. A spacious kitchen and wash area.
7. 4 baths and 4 toilets in the first floor and 4 toilets in the ground floor.
8. A Warden room
9. A Guest room.
10. A Sick bay.
11. A large garden and play area.
12. CCTV with two cameras.
 
Over and above these, Kamalalayam has a TV, a Table-tennis board, chess, Carom and many other sports facilities for children’s entertainment.

Kamalalayam conducts free art classes and computer classes during weekends.
It focuses on communicative English for children to enable them to be employable in future.
It lays particular emphasis on the spiritual growth of the child, nurturing wholesome values.
It provides for round-the-clock security for children.

 
 
News
Kamalalayam has been registered under the JJ Act, Child Welfare Committee and Directorate of Social Defence of the Government of India. Regn. No: 5873/D1/2014 dated 28th Aug. 2014 (link to registration page)
 
 
 
Events

A visit to Oothukadu Krishna temple and picnic at Dharasuram was organised in August.

A Bharathanatiyam dance demonstration by Apsaras Arts Ltd. Singapore was a grand success in enlightening the girls on Mudhras and facial expressions.

A ten day workshop on Tanjore Art was conducted in Oct by Sri Veeraswamy. The Girls were thriled to learn this ancient art.

Our girls have done extremely well in their Annual Exams, winning widespread praise from their teachers at school. 2 more girls are joining the family of Kamalalayam on June 1, 2016, taking the total to 26 lotus buds.

Older girls of Kamalalayam were taken to Srirangam Ranganatha temple, Tiruchi in March 2016. They were given an educational background of this historic temple.

We had a Fancy dress contest in February and the most creative contestant, Ganga, won the 1st prize for depicting a gypsy astrologer. Aparna won the 2nd prize for being the Garbage personified.

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परोपकाराय फलन्ति वृक्षा: परोपकाराय वहन्ति नद्यः।
परोपकाराय दुहन्ति गावः परोपकाराय इदं शरीरम्।।
Trees bear fruit for the sake of others, rivers flow for
the sake of others, cows produce milk for others.
This body is (only) for doing good to others.

                                                        - Bhartrihari

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