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Profile - Sevalaya

Sevalaya is a registered charitable Trust established in 1988, with activities in villages around Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram district. Currently the centres are operating from Kasuva village and North West of Chennai in Tamilnadu, India and in Vadanallur village near Uttiramerur and Thirumalai Vaiyavur village in Kancheepuram district, South of Chennai in Tamilnadu.

The organisation is professionally managed and is governed by a Board of Trustees with a deep commitment to social development, drawn from  varied backgrounds. An advisory committee, consisting of people who have experience in various fields, share their experience and skills with the trustees and employees of Sevalaya, on a regular basis. Sevalaya draws its inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and Mahakavi Subramania Bharathiyar. Sevalaya’s Vision is based the following three mantras:

  • “Educating even one poor child is holier than constructing thousands of temples” – Mahakavi Bharathi
  • “India lives in its villages. The country can’t be called developed until the last village is developed” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “God comes in the form of food for hungry person. Providing food is more important than teaching religion” Swami Vivekananda

We currently serve 40 villages in and around Kasuva village which once had 100% child labour. Through a quarter century of operations covering education, shelter for destitute and rural uplift, these villages have reached 100% school enrollment, as part of the ongoing transformation. All our services are rendered absolutely free of any charges, without any discrimination based on caste, creed, religion or gender. “Love all serve all” is our slogan.

Sevalaya has been accredited by Credibility Alliance at the highest level “Desirable level” after assessing us for credibility, accountability, and transparency.

Vision

The vision of Sevalaya is to serve the rural poor and transform them for an equitable, happy and fulfilled society with an improved quality of life.

Mission

Sevalaya’s mission is to offer required quality inputs free.

  • Children

Providing high quality education, life skills and character building for rural children to prepare them for productive, healthy and happy lives.

  • The aged

Caring for the aged and ensuring their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well being.

  • Rural Citizens

Providing capacity enhancement initiatives for the rural poor for self-sustaining livelihoods and lifestyles.

Values

  • Service and sharing
  • Equality of all humans
  • Indian, yet international
  • Courage of conviction
  • Discipline
  • Fair means

Milestones

1988

  • Sevalaya started as a Home for 5 Kids in a rented premises.

1990

  • Moved into our own premises with a strength of 30 children.

1991

  • Started Pre-primary & Primary School for 100 children.

1994

  • Started a Medical Centre.

1996

  • Started an Elementary School with a strength of 400 children.
  • Got unaided recognition.

1998

  • Started Gaushala and Organic Farming.

2000

  • Started a Craft Centre, a High School with a strength of 500 children
  • Got unaided recognition.

2002

  • Started a Higher Secondary School with a strength of 600 children.
  • Got unaided recognition.
  • Children Hostel strength increased to 150.
  • Sevalaya Sponsorship started for children pursuing Higher Education.
  • Old Age Home started.

2003

  • Vermicompost and Bio Gas production unit started at Gaushala.

2007

  • Higher Secondary School children strength touches 1000.

2010

  • Higher Secondary School children strength touches 1500.

Target

  • Starting a Rural University to benefit the orphan, destitute and poor children.

Future Plans

The success of Sevalaya in Kasuva village has caught the attention of many from other parts of the country and we are often asked, “ why not replicate Sevalaya in other locations?”. In 2011 we started an unit in Vadanallur village, near uthiramerur, Kancheepuram district. This unit has been functioning well.

Our long time goal is to start a free University for the benefit of orphans, the destitute and poor children.