Sanjeeevani Samithi’s Urakam Balikasadanam : Global Organisation for Pravasis Urakam (GOPUR)

Published On: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sanjeeevani Samithi’s Urakam Balikasadanam

From last 18 years, Sanjeevani Samithi’s Urakam Balikasadanam is providing shelter and quality education based on eternal Indian culture and tradition to the destitute girls from various districts of Kerala. It has transformed the lives of destitute, underprivileged girls and has given them a new vision towards life. Since 1986, Sanjeevani Samithi has undertaken a number of development projects for the upliftment of the deprived sections of society and has greatly contributed towards the noble cause of nation building.

Inspired by the seva ideology of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Sanjeevani Samithi laid the foundation for Balikasadanam at Urakam in the year 1993 with an initial strength of only six inmates. The activities slowly gained momentum with the active co-operation of RSS workers and well wishers in and around Urakam. With the passage of time, RSS workers in Cherpu, Karuvannur and Irinjalakkuda got increasingly involved in Balikasadanam activities and with their help, an awareness campaign was initiated in these areas. At present, 75 destitute girls of different age groups hailing from almost all districts in Kerala are being looked after in Balikasadanam. This also includes girls who were directly taken over from areas affected by natural calamities.

The applications that are received are scrutinized annually by a Scrutiny Committee and girls in the age group of 5 to 15 who have lost their parents are given admission those from very poor financial background having their parents still alive are also duly considered for admission. Girls living under quite pathetic circumstances, recommended by service organizations and social workers from rural and other backward regions are also considered for admission.
8 to 10 girls are accommodated in a single, spacious room. Efforts are in full swing for providing berth type arrangement in rooms and also a pond in the compound for bathing and swimming. A separate study room is provided for children studying in higher classes. A library and reading room has also been set up for specialized reading. Vocational training is provided at the computer training centre and tailoring training centre conducted by the samithi. A complete arrangement has been made for sports and other recreational activities. For the sake of blending entertainment with knowledge, televisions have also been provided to the students. During examination period, competent people with teaching experience from among the well wishers of Balikasadanam visit and give special coaching to those requiring such coaching from the exam point of view. The inmates are allowed to send letters to their homes occasionally and also to make phone calls on Sundays in the afternoon.
The day in the Balikasadanam starts at 6 am with morning prayer (Prathasmaran) followed by yoga classes. There is an evening prayer (bhajan) from 6.30 pm to 7 pm. All the inmates take part in Prathasmaran, bhajan and yoga classes.
On holidays, at 4.30 pm, Sevika Samithi’s shakha is held and on Sundays, at 10 am, Balagokulam unit functions. Prescribed training programmes are arranged in these assemblies and these activities add to the overall development of children. Children having talent in music, dance, etc are given special training in classical music, dance, Sanskrit and also Akshara Slokam (poetry recitation).
Cleaning and maintenance of Balikasadanam building and premises is done by the inmates themselves. They also render their valuable help in the kitchen. Looking after the cows, vegetable garden work, gardening etc are some of the other activities undertaken by the girls during their leisure time. State level personality development programmes are arranged during annual school vacation for the benefit of inmates of all similar Balikasadanam orphanages in the State and children from Urakam Balikasadanam usually take part in those programmes. This helps the inmates to improve upon their general knowledge and leadership qualities.
Many girls from Balikasadanam have actively participated and won prizes in the state-level school youth festivals and orphanage festivals. Reasonably well-conducted Onam celebrations and anniversary celebrations in the Balikasadanam provide opportunities for talented inmates to stage their artistic performances.
How you can help:
1)Donate Rs 2500 for one day’s food expenses of inmates.
2) Donate Rs 750 for one time food expenses(Annadanam).
3)Donate Rs 2000 for one time feast(Sadya).
4)Donate for Mangalyanidhi that is utilized for the marriage of poor girls.
Donations to Sanjeevani Samithi are exempted from Income tax as per sec 80 G of Income Tax Act.
Sanjeevani Samithi
Urakam, P O- 680562
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Phone no: +91 - 487 - 2348293, 2344133
How to reach:
By air: The nearest airport to Thrissur is Nedumbassery International Airport at Kochi, at a distance of 85 km. Taxi services are available from Kochi to Thrissur. Kochi airport is well connected to all major airports in India and also connected to many foreign cities. Direct flights are available to Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
By train: Thrissur is a major railhead on Southern Railway. Thrissur is well connected by trains to all major stations in India.
By bus: Frequent bus services are available from all cities in Kerala to Thrissur. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses connect Thrissur with other cities. Private bus services are available locally in the city for easy travel. Super deluxe buses connect Thrissur with other important cities like Kochi, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Palaghat, Chennai, Salem, Coimbatore and Bangalore.

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