Operation Rural Health

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Creating a healthy India

A project that emphasizes on a preventive approach to health, Operation Rural Health is conducted with the support of Rotaract Club of Vepery, an institution sponsored by Rotary Club of Madras.
The Project entails weekly medical camp at Kolathur Village near Vandalur, a Chennai suburb.
The camp caters to over 40 patients a week who are examined by a physician and administered free medicines.
Patients who require specialized and long-term medical attention are referred to institutions that provide free or inexpensive treatment.

Impressed by Vatsalyam's work in the village, Kolathur village Panchayat has allotted around 7,000 sq.ft of land where the organization is currently trying to put up a permanent health center with a resident doctor and a nurse. It is Vatsalyam's desire to develop it into a robust outfit ready to serve them round the clock.
Vatsalyam also periodically conducts various other events to bring about awareness on nutrition, hygiene and disease prevention in association with other NGOs in villages around Kolathur like Illaloor, Pudupakkam, Kayar and Eeachankaadu etc. where Public Healthcare facilities are woefully inadequate.

Vidya Sahaai

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Lighting up lives through education

Based on the concept that no child should be deprived of education because of economic backwardness, Vidya Sahaai is a project designed to help the meritorious but poor students from Government/Corporation Schools by organizing a package comprising school fee, uniform and textbooks for the whole academic year. With the help of individuals and corporates with a philanthropic disposition, Vatsalyam was able to provide help to over 400 students in the academic year that began in June 2003.


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raising the confidence level of the girl student - socially and
economically handicapped

This project aims at instilling confidence in the minds of Plus 2 girl students of Government Schools by developing leadership qualities and imparting skills in communication, stress management, change management, decision making etc.
Vatsalyam has identified a team of Human Resources experts for this ambitious project and during the 2003-04 academic year has reached out to nearly 2,500 students across Chennai city from 6 Government/Corporation Schools.

Grama Jyothi

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Creating a modern village by effectively strengthening tradition
with the help of technology and improving infrastructure

In a small but significant bid to replicate the success achieved in villages near Chennai to other parts of T Nadu, Vatsalyam recently launched this project in Poongulam village near Nannilam in Thiruvarur District of Tamil Nadu.
To make people in this region understand the concept of progress through collective action, Vatsalyam has formed the Village Development Council with a judicious mix of local people at different strata.
Vatsalyam will share its experiences in improving education, healthcare and infrastructure with the help of both government agencies and NGOs.

Vatsalyam has constructed a temporary building for the primary school for the village (just sanctioned by the education department) before the Government puts up a permanent building. Initiatives of this kind serve as good starters to spur the villagers into taking up developmental work without depending entirely on the Government.

Today, after nearly 10 years of eventful existence, Vatsalyam is out to establish a new order in a small way though, where there is peace, prosperity, harmony and freedom from deprivation. It is looking for individuals of strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands who can sustain its activities and ensure that its modest efforts one day result in permanent solutions. What the organization actually does, should convey far more eloquently than what it says or claims.

Vatsalyam's Tuition Centre

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Vatsalyam's Tuition Centre is 3 years old!

For over 2 years now, 'Vatsalyam' has been offering free tuition to a select group of plus 2 students from Govt. & Corporation Schools. The tuition centre which started with just 5 girls, has 13 girl students today.

Hailing from socially and economically disadvantaged sections, they are taught computer skills by a dedicated, young software engineer. They learn to handle some important software packages like Microsoft Excel that enhance their chances of getting employed, if they decided not to pursue higher studies owing to personal reasons.

In addition, a committed maths teacher chips in with his time to help them face the examinations with confidence.

An elderly resident of the area conducts weekly classes to improve their skills in the English language. Vatsalyam is sparing no efforts to ensure that they do not drop out after completing school education. You can keep this project going with your generous contributions.

Bhumi Puja at Poongulam School!

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Poongulam-October 28, 2007


An additional classroom is being planned for the Panchayat Primary School at Poongulam village in Nannilam Taluk, Thiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu

Bank of India, a leading nationalized bank has come forward to sponsor this initiative estimated to cost about Rs.2 lakhs.


A formal Bhumi Puja was conducted on Saturday, October 28 at the school premises in the presence of Shri. K Srinivasan, Manager, Bank of India, Rajagiri Branch, Shri. Raja Gambheeram, Manger, Bank of India, Kapisthalam, Shri. G.Sivaraman, President- Poongulam Village Development Council and Shri. Sakthi Jayaprakash, President Veedhividangan Panchayat Board.

In their address, the Bank of India personnel urged the people to develop a sense of belonging to community friendly initiatives and assured unstinted support of his bank to all such endeavours. <

'Vatsalyam's dogged efforts to have a school sanctioned by the Government some three years back and its active participation in improving infrastructure ever since inception was lauded by Shri Thyagarajan, former Panchayat Board President.

Shri Raman,Coordinator, Vatsalyam recalled the hardships faced by the school in the fledgling years. He expressed satisfaction that the dogged efforts were not in vain and thanked Bank of India for its generosity stemming from its deep concern for the underprivileged.

Ms. Bapista, the school teacher proposed the vote of thanks.


Poongulam class room inauguration

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Additional classroom inaugurated for Poongulam school! -January 07, 2008


The additional classroom sponsored by Bank of India was formally inaugurated at the Panchayat Primary School, Poongulam village by Shri.G.S. Iyer, Additional General Manager, Bank of India, Chennai Zone on January 7, 2008.
The extension building measuring about 300 sq.ft. was completed in a record time of 70 days under the supervision of Shri G.Sivaraman, the head of the Village Education Council (Grama Kalvi Kuzhu) & President of Poongulam Village Development Federation

Welcoming the guests, Shri Thyagarajan, former President of Veedhividangan Panchayat enumerated 'Vatsalyam' s service initiatives for Poongulam people and expressed his appreciation for the Chennai-based NGO.

Shri.Manimaran, former MLA & Chairman, Panchayat Union described how the school came into being against all odds. Referring to the additional classroom as a gift to the people of Poongulam, he urged the parents to fully involve themselves in the activities of the school and extend their wholehearted cooperation so that the school emerged as a model school in the area.

Shri. Jayaprakash, President Veedhividangan Panchayat expressed happiness over the steady growth of the school and expressed hope that community endeavours of this kind should become a nationwide movement.

Shri G.S Iyer, Addnl. GM, Bank of India outlined his Bank's role in rural development and assured all assitance for community friendly endeavours in the future.

Balachandran, General Secretary, Vatsalyam recorded his appreciation and thanks to Bank of India for the sensitivity shown to the needs of rural community.

Ms. Vasuki, the headmistress of the school proposed the vote of thanks.



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