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Imagine a school that is set in the heart of a village. Imagine children with big eyes and bigger dreams walking into the school with a bag full of aspirations. Imagine teachers passionate about empowering their rural communities. Imagine agriculture, as not just a chapter in the geography textbook, but unfolding around them as a way of life. Imagine children learning through science center, sport and meditation, visual art and paper craft. Imagine all this, or visit us for more.

This is our school, Sevalaya’s Mahakavi Bharathiyar Hr Sec School.

• Sevalaya School is a village school located 45 kilometres away from Chennai, TN
• Started in 1988, Sevalaya’s rural school set in a farm in Kasuva Village, near Tirunindravur
• Currently, 2200 children of farmers, single parents, destitute are enrolled in the school.
• Every day, five buses make two trips to 40 villages around our campus to pick them up and drop them.
• Dedicated moral education sessions to groom responsible citizens.

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8th September 2020

Mahalakshmi Annadurai, a long time donor and volunteer of Sevalaya strongly believes in the message her mother instilled in her childhood, that only education has the power to change the life of a child. An ECS graduate of Anna University with vast experience of working in the IT industry overseas, Mahalakshmi has been associated with Sevalaya for 23 years. Her husband and Sevalaya Murali were colleagues in Tata Consultancy Services. The couple used to donate money, books & clothes to the organisation. In 2005, they settled in Bangalore. After her mother's expiry, Mahalakshmi decided that she should spend more time to help underprivileged children to reach their goals through education. The children aiming to crack NEET exam needed a lot of guidance and she decided to take up this challenge. Tamil medium students face another drawback as they do not have a vast resource of learning materials in Tamil. With a clear vision in mind, Mahalakshmi landed at Kasuva campus to select students who were ready to study diligently. She personally went around collecting all necessary study materials and spent time with the four students who were ready to undergo the rigorous training. They were given laptops with net connection and course materials in Tamil. A WhatsApp group was created for them. The students were asked to frame their own daily schedules starting with a Good morning message till they go to bed. They had to post what they have learnt during the day including the concept mind maps they have created, in the group, every two hours. They also attend online tests and their answersheets are evaluated by Mahalakshmi. "Their scores are slowly but steadily increasing day by day" says a delighted Mahalakshmi who spends 10 hours with them on a daily basis. She also supports these students by providing nourishing food. Her husband Annadurai Elango, Senior Vice President with Cognizant Technology and her two sons wholeheartedly support her in every way. “In the earlier years, they supported me to achieve my professional goals and now they are with me in my efforts to support the students of Sevalaya. "She wants these students to work hard and get a scholarship. “Such children will become good doctors and serve this society well” she says with confidence. Realizing the need to improve spoken English skills she has partnered with other committed donors to work towards the development of this essential skill. She is also taking an initiative to help improve the employability skills of Sevalaya's Community College by getting them trained in basic soft skills. This work has been stalled at present due to the pandemic but will definitely be implemented as Mahalakshmi works diligently towards the betterment of the next generation.

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Mahalakshmi Annadurai, a long time donor and volunteer of Sevalaya strongly believes in the message her mother instilled in her childhood, that only education has the power to change the life of a child. An ECS graduate of Anna University with vast experience of working in the IT industry overseas, Mahalakshmi has been associated with Sevalaya for 23 years. Her husband and Sevalaya Murali were colleagues in Tata Consultancy Services. The couple used to donate money, books & clothes to the organisation. In 2005, they settled in Bangalore. After her mother's expiry, Mahalakshmi decided that she should spend more time to help underprivileged children to reach their goals through education. The children aiming to crack NEET exam needed a lot of guidance and she decided to take up this challenge. Tamil medium students face another drawback as they do not have a vast resource of learning materials in Tamil. With a clear vision in mind, Mahalakshmi landed at Kasuva campus to select students who were ready to study diligently. She personally went around collecting all necessary study materials and spent time with the four students who were ready to undergo the rigorous training. They were given laptops with net connection and course materials in Tamil. A WhatsApp group was created for them. The students were asked to frame their own daily schedules starting with a Good morning message till they go to bed. They had to post what they have learnt during the day including the concept mind maps they have created, in the group, every two hours. They also attend online tests and their answersheets are evaluated by Mahalakshmi. "Their scores are slowly but steadily increasing day by day" says a delighted Mahalakshmi who spends 10 hours with them on a daily basis. She also supports these students by providing nourishing food. Her husband Annadurai Elango, Senior Vice President with Cognizant Technology and her two sons wholeheartedly support her in every way. “In the earlier years, they supported me to achieve my professional goals and now they are with me in my efforts to support the students of Sevalaya. "She wants these students to work hard and get a scholarship. “Such children will become good doctors and serve this society well” she says with confidence. Realizing the need to improve spoken English skills she has partnered with other committed donors to work towards the development of this essential skill. She is also taking an initiative to help improve the employability skills of Sevalaya's Community College by getting them trained in basic soft skills. This work has been stalled at present due to the pandemic but will definitely be implemented as Mahalakshmi works diligently towards the betterment of the next generation.

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8th September 2020
 
B Arathi, Senior Manager, Accounts hails from a financially unstable family in Kozhikode, Kerala. Her father died when she was young, leaving her mother and sisters in an insecure state. Her grandmother supported her family with her grandfather’s pension. He was a Freedom fighter who was awarded ‘’Thamra Pathram’’. Arathi did B.Com followed by a computer course in Accounting software in 2008. After an internship at Warrior & Warrior Chartered Accounts for 2 years, she got married and moved to Chennai. She worked in several Corporate Companies and climbed higher in herprofessional path. When Arathi came to know about vacancy in the Accounts department in Sevalaya, she researched about the organisation. She was impressed with the NGO’s achievements towards the benefit of the underprivileged. She attended the interview and was appointed as Manager, Accounts in Sevalaya on 24th February 2017. “I am delighted to work here due to the engaging & friendly work culture. I receive everlasting support from my team. I have gained experience in handling numerous International donations and statutory compliances like filing of FCRA – Quarterly & Annual returns. I admire the transparency in financial statements and good accountability of Sevalaya.” “Sevalaya is my extended family. Our longing for a child for 5 years since marriage was fulfilled when Sevalaya took us to Garbharakshambigai temple at Thirukkarugavur, Kumbakonam as the presiding deity is traditionally believed to grant the boon of progeny & bestow blessings for a safe delivery. We were blessed with a divine baby girl. I have been working with Sevalaya for 3 years and I hope to continue further with the guidance of Murali Sir and Bhuvana Ma’am. I wish to grow with the NGO to its fullest potential’’ says an emotional Arathi.

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B Arathi, Senior Manager, Accounts hails from a financially unstable family in Kozhikode, Kerala. Her father died when she was young, leaving her mother and sisters in an insecure state. Her grandmother supported her family with her grandfather’s pension. He was a Freedom fighter who was awarded ‘’Thamra Pathram’’. Arathi did B.Com followed by a computer course in Accounting software in 2008. After an internship at Warrior & Warrior Chartered Accounts for 2 years, she got married and moved to Chennai. She worked in several Corporate Companies and climbed higher in herprofessional path. When Arathi came to know about vacancy in the Accounts department in Sevalaya, she researched about the organisation. She was impressed with the NGO’s achievements towards the benefit of the underprivileged. She attended the interview and was appointed as Manager, Accounts in Sevalaya on 24th February 2017. “I am delighted to work here due to the engaging & friendly work culture. I receive everlasting support from my team. I have gained experience in handling numerous International donations and statutory compliances like filing of FCRA – Quarterly & Annual returns. I admire the transparency in financial statements and good accountability of Sevalaya.” “Sevalaya is my extended family. Our longing for a child for 5 years since marriage was fulfilled when Sevalaya took us to Garbharakshambigai temple at Thirukkarugavur, Kumbakonam as the presiding deity is traditionally believed to grant the boon of progeny & bestow blessings for a safe delivery. We were blessed with a divine baby girl. I have been working with Sevalaya for 3 years and I hope to continue further with the guidance of Murali Sir and Bhuvana Ma’am. I wish to grow with the NGO to its fullest potential’’ says an emotional Arathi.

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