REPORTER: SHUBHENDU SHEKHAR
Shri. S. V. Iyer and Dr. V. Mangalam, an elderly couple, started Sivananda Saraswathi Sevashram in 1945 with just 3 kids and with the blessings of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. More popularly known as "Sivananda Ashram/Orphanage/Gurukulam", the organization won “National Award" recognized by the Government of India in 1983.
Sivananda Saraswathi Sevashram is a non-profit organization with the primary objective of protecting orphans, destitute women, the physically handicapped, AIDS-affected children, and the elderly. With the experience of more than 60 years of recorded services to thousands of poor orphans, Sivananda Orphanage effectively helps transform/grow these orphans to productive citizens. We not only provide food, education and shelter, but also instil character and morals to help them grow, learn and eventually become independent.
Started with only three children in a thatched shed, the Gurukulam now has its own buildings and infrastructure and currently looks after 300 children and 80 elderly, all of whom are accepted and cared for with love and affection.
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