Generally speaking, children and elders occupy extremely vulnerable places in families and societies at large and India is yet to unfold its social welfare programs.
The Aum Pranava Ashram Children's Home shelters orphans and children from economically deprived background. While some of them have lost their parents, others were brought by a mother/father or by both due to desolate family circumstances.
The children are provided with all the necessities of life and grow up under the loving care of the founders and other care-takers, who help the children to look after their daily routine and help them with their studies.
We have always made utmost efforts to give the children the sense of a real home, keeping the atmosphere family-oriented and natural.
The ashram accommodates boys and girls in separate buildings within the ashram premises.
Children attend schools in Ilanji and in Sengottai, which is about 6 to 8 kms away from our place.
They are provided with the following things and facilities absolutely free of cost:
The above mentioned list must necessarily be in-exhaustive because we cannot list all the services which the Aum Pranava AShram renders to the children, like for example to simply let them enjoy an expensive cone ice-cream (God thanks, there are sponsors who donate for this noble cause!)
In addition to school kids, the ashram supports adolescent children who have completed their school education in the ashram and continue higher studies at various colleges and vocational institutions. They come home from their respective colleges/vocational training institutions whenever they get leave. Some of them are pictured here:
The role of women in Indian society is changing. The traditional views opposite modern challenges do not make it easier for young ladies to place themselves in this world. Confusions abound and even newly-found freedom can lead to serious complications in their young lives. Let these words suffice to portray the real challenges which young ladies are facing today.
We, as educators, are aware of our responsibilities. In our eyes, education should include the molding of character, grooming awareness and social skills to prepare young people to face the struggles and vicissitudes as well as the good and happy sides of life with strength of mind, soul and body. Character is formed with the amount of love and stability which they receive in childhood, so parenting and family play an important role in children's life. It is our main concern to help the children grow up in a healthy, loving and caring environment which will enable them to unfold their hidden potential despite the troubles and problems that they had to face at an earlier stage in life.
An ever growing number of young people are interested to do social service in different parts of the world which allows them to deepen their understanding of multi-cultural, peaceful and social life in various places around the world. ...
"Why don't you write some success stories on your website?" I heard this question quite a few times
The mind likes stories, it learns from them. When I tell real stories of children, people listen very intently.
So, in this context, I accept the request to tell some stories of the children. However, people reading those stories are requested not to expect so-called "success stories". The stories which we tell here are not necessarily "success" stories. Actually, I would think that the words success/failure are completely misplaced in this context.
It depends on our very own personal understanding of life and its wise interpretation what we call success or failure. Knowing myself that failure can turn into success and vice versa, I wouldn't dare to label any of our children's experiences as one or the other.
Love, unconditional love, is the only thing which is really needed to make the children grow well. It's so simple but we always want fast results (like good school grades?) and swiftly judge everyone and everything around us by some commonly accepted, but not always wholesome standards.
I will upload one story at a time as early as possible.