Monday, July 6, 2009

Nandyal (Kurnool Dt). Update

- by Yerubandi V Bhaskarababu

22 children from the AIM For Seva Nandyal (Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh) Baalikaa Chaatraalaya attended the Dyana Mandali Camp at Rama Krishna P G College, Nandyal, from May 18th to 24th, 2009.

The girls went to Hyderabad by the Tungabhadra Express. They visited the Salar Jung Museum, Nehru Zoological Park, and attended Hari Haran's (R. Govind Hari's son) marriage fuction. Enjoyed Magic programme. Returned to Kurnool by Tungabhadra Express.

Sri Sai Ram Mohan, Kurnool, donated Rs.1,000.00 seeing the children's performance and cultural activities. Thanks to everyone who is helping us.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cumbum ChAtrAlayA Inauguration

- By Sheela Balaji, Secretary & Trustee, AIM For Seva (India)

The Cumbum inauguration went off very well in June 2009. There was a large turnout of the Melpakkam clan. Plus the local bigwigs - mainly cardamom plantation owners. Very visible in the fragrant cardamom garlands that they generously gave to Swamiji, Swami Omkaranandaji, to me, Narayanan and his wife. We returned with the aroma of cardamom clinging to our hair and clothes!!!!!! And green cardamoms too at that - I could not but request for half a kilo of the spice and within 10 minutes, I had a packet in my hand to take home. Lovely.

The location of the student home is beautiful, so picturesque - with a backdrop of coconut groves framed by blue hills. Munnar, a large tea plantation region, is just 90 Kms. away. Cumbum is very near the Kerala border.

The ChAtrAlayA (student home) is well constructed, bright, and airy - Hari Vishwanath is the contractor - he has constructed the Tiruvidaimarudur, Palani, and Semmangudi student homes earlier. There is good local support to our work here, and Swami Omkaranandaji has agreed to help and oversee, which is a wonderful gesture on his part.

Initially we are starting with 10 students. But more will join in a few months time. There is a good school nearby - and our students will study in this school. Age group of students between 12 and 14. The warden is Tiruvachakam. Photos to follow.