Sevalaya Organic farming
We have implemented organic farming on our campus, which serves as a model for NGOs and others to cultivate in tune with nature. We use bio fertilizers for the enrichment of cow dung manure and use it as a fertilizer for our farms to replace chemical fertilizers. Simple aerobic fermentation converts this biomass to organic manure.
We conduct regular workshops to propagate organic farming. Organic farming is taught to our agricultural students also, even though it is not covered in the syllabus.
Vinobhaji Goushala is a haven for cows where we rear cows which provide good milk for everyone on campus. We also protect cows that have out-lived their period of “Utility” and will otherwise be destined for the slaughter-house. The quality milk produced is used for our children and senior citizens.
Sevalaya Kottu Murasu
Kottu Murasu is our cultural organization, functioning under Gandhiji’s team promoting rural development in India. “Kottu Murasu” is a Tamil expression taken from the mighty Bharathiyar’s poem which means “beat the Drum”.
Children of the Kottu Murasu troupe fan out into villages every month and conduct cultural events like dramas, dances etc, to create awareness of various social issues. They are frequently invited by external institutions to display their talents and convey their message.
Sevalaya Medical Camps
We conduct regular medical camps for the benefit of the people in the surrounding villages. A Siddha medical camp is conducted quarterly with the support of Kilpauk Sai Seva Samithi and doctors from Arignar Anna Siddha Medical College to promote the Indian Medicine system.
General medical camps are also conducted regularly for the residents as well as the people from the villager, as well as special camps like eye and dental camps.
Games are an essential part of our curriculum. Our students excel in sports and games and romp home with respectable victories and prizes in district and state level competitions.
Our Sevalaya school conducts an Annual Sports Day and distributes prizes with distinguished VIPs handing them over to the children. During Pongal festival we conduct Volleyball tournaments for village youth instead of the abhorrent, traditional Jallikattu.
Wealth From Waste
Sevalaya campus at Kasuva village is a green zone! We educate the children about living in harmony with the environment and implement these practices on the campus. We segregate the degradable and non degradable waste before converting the degradable waste into manure for our farms through the process of decomposition. The non-biodegradable waste is sent out for treatment. We produce rich manure for our farms and reduce the cost of cultivation and also use biogas instead of LPG in our Old Age Home, Boys’ Home and Girls’ Home. This is an example of how we not only teach our children but actually practice it to set and example for others.
Sevalaya Craft Training Center
Craft education is an integral part of Sevalaya’s school curriculum where the children learn tailoring, making of decorative items etc. Sevalaya also conducts free training courses in tailoring for village women at two centers namely Kasuva and Vadanallur. The women trained in these centers are either self-employed or have procured employment in export units.