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  SMSS Hindu Mahila Mandiram
 
A Beacon of Hope for needy women and children

SMSS Hindu Mahila Mandiram shinesforthas a beacon of hope to destitute and homeless girl children and women. This charitable institution founded by Smt. Chinnamma, an eminent educator and social worker, 88 years ago, has today emerged as a well known social service organization in Thiruvananthapuram. It cares for, educates, empowers and rehabilitates its residents, irrespective of religion or caste. It aims at enhancing the quality of the lives they lead.

The Mahila Mandiram is autonomouse, non-political and secular. The general Body elects an Executive Committee for a three-year term. This ensures it democratic functioning.

The organization today has the following units under its management.

SERVICE AND EDUCATIONAL UNITS
1. The Home
2. A Hostel for working women of the lower income group
3. A baby crèche
4. A nursery school
5. An English medium Primary coaching center
6. An aided high school
7. A care center for the aged
8. Ambulance service

VOCATIONAL TRAINING UNITS
1. Weaving
2. Tailoring and Embroidery
3. Computer Education
4. Offset Printing
5. Book binding and screen printing
6. Vegetarian catering

These units provide training to our resident adults and to outsiders. The sale of products made here and fee for the facilities used generate small income

THE HOME

Our main project is the Home which started with 12 girls and now houses 105 girls(between the ages of 3 and 20). They are either orphans or single-parent children, whose living parents cannot care for them due to various reasons, including terminal illness. They are brought to us by relatives, government or private agencies. All of them go to school within or outside the campus.

After completing high school, the girls go on to university or to learning vocational skills, depending on their aptitude. While some find employment within the Mandiram, we help others find jobs in government or private agencies. Once employed, they either join relatives or our working women hostel. We have also helped many of our girls get married to eligible young men who approach the Mandiram.

CARE CENTRE FOR HOMELESS SENIOR CITIZENS

With a house and land donated to us by a generous lady, we now have a Care Centre named Puthen Mandiram for the elderly at Azhoor, 35 km away from Thiruvananthapuram. We have 15 Residents.. Our aim is to house 25 residents in a new building.

FUTURE PLANS

To give concrete shape to our future plans we have acquired land at Vellanad Panchayat (17km from Thiruvananthapuram) for a mega project called PANCHAVADI. It has five units VATSALYA (for children), SANTHWANA (for senior citizens), SUSIKSHA (for educational activities), PARIRAKSHA (for health care) and PRASANTHI (a prayer hall and community centre).

VATSALYA -The priority unit at Panchavadi

We have learnt from experience that institutional care, however well-meaning, is extremely impersonal. It often fails to meet the intellectual, physical and emotional needs of growing children. VATSALYA is the answer to this need. At Vatsalya carefully chosen social workers are trained as mothers as per the norms of the SOS Children Villages. A physiologist guides the mothers in their duties and provide counseling.

We plan to build 10 cottages here, each cottages designed to house 10 girls and their mother who will live as a family.

Once completed, we plan to shift the younger girls and their mothers to the cottages at Vatsalya. The older girls will stay on at the present location and go for higher education or vocational training in the city.

The first home of VATSALYA, was started the existing building in 2006 with 3 girls. Now we have 9 girls living under the care of their mothers. The first unit of Vatsalya, partly sponsored by Tata Tea is nearing completions.

We also plan to start a Foundling Home for age 0-5 years at Vatsalya.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

We seek your active support to fulfill our immediate needs and make our future plans a reality. You as well wisher, could help us in the following ways.

1. Give childrens story book, magazines and comics
2. Buy our products and services
3. Visit a resident at the old age home on her Birthday every year
4. Organize an outing in the city for a small group of children
5. Visit an orphan once a month at the Home
6. Contribute in cash for the building fund
7. Donate furniture not being used
8. We welcome professionals to donate time for improving the units
9. Sponsor a child / senior citizen
10. Make a donation to the Mandiram

All donation to Mahila Mandiram receive the benefit of Income Tax Excemption under 80G of the IT act 1961.

For more details

Hon. Secretary,
SMSS Hindu Mahila Mandiram, Poojappura
Thiruvananthapura – 695012, Kerala, India
Phone: 0471-2351243, 2356870, 2358164

Puthen Mandiram Azhoor, Chirayinkil – 695305, Phone: 0470-2645745
Panchavadi, Valiyara, Vellanad-695543, Phone: 0472-2882449
Email: mahilamandiram@eth.net, mahilamandiram@asianetindia.com
Website: http://www.mahilamandiram.org

Source: SMSSHMM brochure
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