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 27 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

Kamalalayam had its Annual Day in August 2017 which celebrated with a difference; A Fancy Dress, A Quizz Program, followed by a Bhelpuri Party. It was a grand hit with the children.

In March, Bombay Jayashree conducted a public concert of all the school children of Manjakkudi and three of our girls, Tulasi, Darshini and Kiruttika, were awarded certificates of merit. Little Hema Shivani won the 1st Prize in Music in the category of Special Children.

Yoga competition at the district level was held in Tiruvarur. Our Kamalalayam child, Mariamma won 2nd Prize in Tiruvarur.

The older girls had the privilege of listening to lectures by eminent scholars like Dr Chitra Madhavan on the Significance of Srirangam temple and saw a dance drama on Krishna at the GR Auditorium as part of the Annual Convocation Day on January 14th, 2017.

The kids enjoyed the Childrens’ Park nearby and had the thrill of going on a cable car ride. On the way, they saw the ancient Kal-anai, the stone bridge built in the medieval times.

2017 New Year celebrations began with a visit to the Rajagopala Swamy temple, the children were treated to the long awaited Tanjore visit. With a complete guided tour, they understood the significance of this world heritage, they studied the glory of the Chola empire in detail and compared the structure to the Darasuram and Gangai Konda cholapuram which they had visited last year.

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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