SAI SEVA SANGH Milestones
The groundwork for what is SAI SEVA SANGH today was laid on August 1988, when a few like-minded people came together for a common cause to educate underprivileged children in their neighborhood, providing free shelter to old women, and a cost-free support system for a rural Special School for differently-abled.
To educate the underprivileged children, the slum that we Chose was surrounded by small scale industries. With no formal system or infrastructure in place, all that was there was a purpose to get together as many children as we could from the slums nearby and teach them how to read and write.
We started with 26 children. We also introduced extracurricular activities such as art, dance, and sports to expose the children to learning opportunities that would go beyond the regular academic curriculum.
As an offshoot of the school logically led to the starting of an Orphanage for girl children who lost either one or both their parents to tragic circumstances beyond their control.
SAI SEVA SANGH HISTORY
Sai Seva Sangh, a registered voluntary organization started the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir, with the help of a small group of members with a primary objective of eradicating child labour in the Moosapet slum area surrounded by small scale industries.
This slum has been selected by the organization as the child labour problem is prominent in the area. The school was started in this area with the primary objective of giving basic education to the children who undertake part time jobs in the surrounded environs. The love and interest shown by the members of this organization attracted the children and the zeal and enthusiasms shown by the children to learn more made the school to expand further upto XII standard within a short span of ten years.
The school provides free supply of textbooks and other related teaching materials e.g. audio visual equipment etc. The school has provided for good seating arrangement in the school along with supply of notebooks. The school also provides fee clothing, uniforms, schoolbags etc. for the children, which are sponsored by a few like minded volunteers. Free mid-day meals are also provided by a voluntary organization to compensate the children, as they would have otherwise earned their livelihood for the day by working in the small industries around. Apart from these routine medical check-ups are also being conducted and free medicines are provided to them by a voluntary medical team. Some of the teachers are volunteers and the rest are paid which is also sponsored by volunteers. This active involvement of the community and voluntary organizations have helped the school to develop in a big way.
The school has grown gradually from I – III classes with a strength of around 25-30 children and now has a strength of around 240 students from I class to XII class. The school starts at 08:30 am in the morning and closes by around 7:30 pm in the evening. Since the slum does not have electricity, the children finish their home-works given in the class and they leave for their respective home. At around 4.00 pm, they are given a glass of milk.
This academic year students have passed the X Class SSC, common examination with flying colours and students have passed their 7th class public exams with 100% of them achieving distinction division.
These students, whose parents are illiterate and are casual labourers are also unfortunate to be classified as 50% of them have only a single parent, and another 25% of them being orphans, have been studying in Sri Satya Sai Vidya Mandir from the beginning. The teachers are also very enthusiastic and have a wide range of ideas to impart education with additional emphasis on human values to make the children better future citizens.
Some earlier batch of students are pursuing Intermediate regular a well as vocational Intermediate in different Institutions but with their after school follow up hours being spent in under the able guidance of the teachers, in our school.
It has been a proud achievement for our school that, some of these vocationally trained boys after completion of their courses have been placed immediately in different organisations, and have been appreciated by their new employers for their basic value systems taught to them in our school.
Girls who have completed their intermediate education have been now enrolled in Nursing courses at NIMS and Mahaveer Hospital. They will now be able to take up a successful career in nursing after this course. Their educational expenses are borne by taking loans from various banks with the surety provided by Sri Sai Seva Sangh. Even the interest on the loans are borne by the Seva Sangh. Only the priniciple amount needs to be repaid by the candidates once they take up a job.
There is a increase in demand for enrolling children in the school every year and the interest of the parent in joining their children in this school instead of sending them for mental jobs in note worthy. This adds to our responsibility of being supportive to their interest and help more children to be better citizens. We look forward to your cooperative and support in this valuable cause.
Sri Sathya Sai Deenajanodharana Pathakam
The Pathakam was started on 17, February, 2006. The Center has been started with a Orphanage for young girls, a destitute home for ladies and a Old Age Home for the elderly ladies.
Observing the suffering children who attend the free school (Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir) and the other people around, the need to provide food and shelter to the orphans, destitute and the elderly became quite evident. And with that the idea of starting a centre which houses all the three categories became clear.
The concept behind starting the three units together is that each unit provides moral support to each other, share love and help each other. The destitute women take care of the children and the elderly who in turn love them as their own family. The elderly also gain the affection of the small children and forget their pain. They also share their experiences and give their valuable advice wherever necessary. All the three units work together in harmony. They share their routine work like cooking, washing, cleaning etc. which would otherwise be a cumbersome task. Now they enjoy doing their work.
The orphanage is now open and running with 36 children and also has a capacity to house around 50 children. The little girls are mostly below the age of 8 years. The children come from disturbed homes where different cases of parental abuse, born to unwed mothers, orphans where no one is there to take care, girl child being sold by the father and many such backgrounds.
OLD AGE HOME:
The home now houses 18 elderly ladies. There is provision for 25 inmates. These inmates are being taken care of well by the other unit members and the other volunteers as well. These ladies are self-sufficient, they cook their own meals mostly, help the other unit cooking by cutting vegetables, make pickles, snacks ect. They are given nutritious food. The inmates feel happy in the premises where they get the love and affection of the young children and school children along with the other ladies. Medical facility is also available to them thru the free clinic that operates in the premises.
A free medical clinic is functional at the premises on all Sundays. This clinic caters to the school children, the orphanage, destitutes, old people and also the families of the school children. Around 200 families are adopted and are provided free medical help. Eminent doctors and efficient volunteers offer their services to this clinic. Medicines are supplied by good pharmaceutical companies free of cost, which are distributed by medical prescription of the doctors. For any serious ailments patients are referred to other hospitals.
SRI SATHYA SAI VOCATIONAL CENTER
A Vocational center is operational in the premises of the Sri Sathya Sai Deenajanodharana Pathakam.
The main objective of starting the center is to make the destitute ladies self-sufficient and also take care of the elderly and the orphans as far as possible.
The destitute ladies of the Pathakam are provided vocational training along with the students who are below average in studies in the tailoring center at the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir. Now they are fully trained and quite efficient in their jobs. The center is well established now with the ladies gaining proficiency in tailoring and with t the help of the other children are able to cater to the local needs. Interested children and girls who belong to the slums in the neighborhood are also trained free of cost. The vocational courses include tailoring and fashion designing.
There are around 10 Tailoring machines with latest facilities. There is 1 lady and 1 male professional tailor who guide the ladies in learning the new techniques and also take up orders. Around 18 ladies are now working full time in the centre now. They are now able to stitch garments for both ladies and men as well as children in a professional manner. They now get good orders from the local people.
Anyone can extend their help to these ladies by giving orders for their personal tailoring needs or even bulk orders. These go a long way in boosting their morale and pick up confidence to take up big orders and manage their own needs and of the other units.
The parents of the children are requested to take part in medical camps conducted quarterly at the school premises for the students as well as for the parents. The mothers are given training in tailoring after the school hours at the school. Community prayers are held with multi-religious songs to inculcate that religions may be many but god is one. Festivals of all religions are celebrated in the school to promote religious harmony. These activities help the parents to give them a feeling of being a part of the whole project. Parent’s education is conducted once a week.
The school also functions as a community service centre. The local slum people have been provided relief during the floods in the Twin cities. They were provided with food and clothing along with shelter during their times of need.
The slum has now been provided with regular drinking water supply. Separate water connections were given to them by laying pipelines. The slum people actively participated in the programme by their sharm dhan forth entire work. Their drainage system is also now greatly improved under the AP Government’s janmabhoomi scheme. All these facilities have improved the living conditions of the residents who now actively participate in all activities intiated for their wellbeing. They now look up to the school authorities for any problems in their locality.
Tailoring classes for the young girls and interested ladies in the slum is also provided with the help of the Vocational training institutes. Certificates are also issued after due completion of the course. This provides enough skill to the ladies and girls to take up alternative methods of self employment to support their families.
Parents education will be conducted once a week.