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AMAR SEVA SANGAM
A registered charitable organization par excellent based in Tamil Nadu, India
10-2-169 Tenkasi Road, AYIKUDY
TIRUNELVELI DIST, Tamil Nadu, India, PIN – 627852
Tel :91-( 04633) – 249170, 249180 Cell : 99444 59170
Seetha – 80567 51430 / Suresh – 8883790610
Rajeswaran – 8870010078 / Kumar – 7667948699
Introduction Read Amar Seva Sangam Latest Annual Report
Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA), founded in 1981 (the “Year for the Disabled”), is a highly reputed and totally committed registered charity in India, run “by the disabled for the disabled”. ASSA was envisioned, created and successfully run by two visionaries, the president Mr.Ramakrishnan, a quadriplegic with total paralysis from neck down and the dynamic architect and the secretary cum master mind of the organization Mr.Sankara Raman C.A, confined to a wheel chair with Muscular Dystrophy. Both render honorary services to ASSA.
Inside this elegant entrance, there is a whole new world. ASSA is situated at the foothills of a small mountain range, at the outskirts of a village called Ayikudy, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. ASSA now owns the 30 acre land where several buildings have propped up. The land was bought over a 12 year period, the money coming from private donations. With plenty of clean air to breathe, good spring water to drink , lots of Home grown vegetables to eat and a beautiful flower garden to inspire, not to mention the loving care the children receive, it is no wonder that the disabled children who come in as emaciated, neglected and spiritless individuals are totally transformed in a matter of months to happy, playful, spirited children who are so self confident that they are now walking, studying in a school and being taken care of medically and emotionally.
ASSA facilities include a integrated schools – from Nursery to Std. XII, vocational trainingcentres, and multi-faceted rehabilitation centres, including a newly established “Early Intervention Centre” for children below age 5. Additionally, ASSA focuses on community based rehabilitation and rural development. Trained counselors counsel the people of the community and an infrastructure is in place to educate & motivate the villagers on various aspects of improving their economic situation as well as to provide education on prevention and care of disabling diseases. The rehabilitation would be incomplete without the successful implementation of programs in all the above areas. ASSA has proved itself by succeeding in their endeavor and continuing to do so.
Home Care for up to 100 physically & developmentally challenged
Integrated Schools offering formal education from Nursery to XII th standard for over 900 children, 10% of whom are disabled.
Special Education for 150 developmentally challenged children above age 6
Early Intervention for children with developmental delays (Age 0 to 5) for 350 children
Higher Education of degree and diploma courses at IGNOU (Indira Gandhi open Uni.) & Alagappa Uni for 100 students per year
Centre for Spinal Cord Injured. Accident victims who are rendered Quadriplegic & Paraplegic receive complete rehabilitation & vocational training free of cost. The centre accommodates 16 patients at a time.
A state of the art Rehabilitation Centre, with well trained rehabilitation workers & physiotherapists.
- Extension 1 : In & out patient services for 500 or more persons with disabilities.
- Extension 2 : Callipers & Prosthetic Aids for in & out patients
- Extension 2 : Outreach & Village based rehabilitation services, reaching over 15,000 persons with disability issues.
- Extension 3 : Prevention and Early Detection
- Extension 4 : Physiotherapy Center and Hostel
- Extension 5 : 90 Self help groups formed
Vocational Training for the disabled, preparing them for employment.
Home care is an in house facility for over 100 boys and girls. Children and young adults with moderate to severe disabilities live on campus. They attend the school / college / university / vocational training programs run by ASSA. They receive complete medical / prosthetic care, physiotherapy & rehab services. They participate in extra curricular activities and in state or region wide competitions. Many of them have won prizes & medals.
There was a compelling need to offer Early Intervention to small children below age 5, before they are enrolled in to the Special Education at CSE. Children with developmental delays in the neighbouring community from poor families, have no access to free, quality treatment. Hence,
HCI built the centre within ASSA campus in 2012. Since then 350 children are identified for treatment and it is operated through 4 centres. Click here for complete info.
Handi-Care Intl. has invested significantly in building schooling facilities for the rural children with the emphasis on building for the disabled. HCI donated significantly to the main school building at Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA) facility from 1992 to 1995. In 1999 HCI played a major role in acquiring a handsome grant from Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai to build the elementary school, which was being held at a thatched hut in the village. Below is a synopsis on the ASSA School project.
The School, housed in a thatched shed had only five children, was shifted to a proper building located within the ASSA campus and was accorded recognition by the Tamil Nadu State Government in the year 1991. It has become a well reputed middle school with standards I to IX. The total strength as on date is over 860 and the school is open to the community. Fifty of the students who are disabled are also under the “Home Care” program. Fully qualified teachers offer high quality education.
Qualified personnel impart craft and physical education. Mass drill and march-past form an important aspect of physical education. The pupils have participated and won several prizes at the state level competitions in debate, elocution, sports, music and cultural competitions conducted under the auspices of various organizations. The disabled pupils residing at ASSA get not only quality education, but the opportunity to interact and compete with their normal healthy classmates and hence develop their social habits in a constructive manner. The goal is to integrate the Handicapped with the society and make them independent in every possible way. For more on this facility and current stats visit : www.amarseva.org and follow the link to https://www.amarseva.org/our-work/education
College & University level courses are offered to disabled youth at the IGNOU & Alagappa University campuses built within Amar Seva Sangam. Computer education is the main focus at these centres. Accounting, Commerce and other majors are also offered. 100 disabled students receive training free of cost at this centre and qualified teaching staff offer high quality education.
HCI has supported this endeavour since 2004 and sponsors 25 youth per year under “Sponsor A Youth” program.
Amar Seva Sangam, launched a new initiative in 2007 – “Centre for Spinal Cord Injured”. This project was launched after much consideration, based on the dire need for such a service in the rural district. Poor, rural individuals who encountered unfortunate accidents and sustained severe spinal cord injuries, needed a rehab centre with quality service by dedicated trained staff. Most of these accident victims have become Quadriplegic (paralyzed from neck down) or Paraplegic (paralyzed from waist down). With proper care and intense physiotherapy, the recovery could be remarkable, to the extent that they can have the use of their arms, learn computer applications and eventually become fit for employment. Amar Seva Sangam has taken huge strides in achieving this. The success rate is remarkable. More
VTC has 6 different training facilities ((Computer Centre, Typing Centre, Two Wheeler Mechanic- Training Centre, Note Book Making & Binding Centres, Caliper Workshop Training Centre, Handicrafts & Toy Making) . Buildings and equipment were funded by the Nippon grant and grants from IDBI and ICICI. As the names indicate, each sub-centre offers training in specific areas, free of charge to the disabled youth in order to equip them with job skills. These centres are open to normal and paying students as well. The fee collected is utilized for maintenance and development.
The Computer Centre comprises a total of 316 youth who have received “Computer Training” – 40 of which were disabled. As well, 14 disabled and 40 non-disabled youth have received training in typewriting. ASSA also makes and repairs the calipers used by the disabled children providing vocational training and job opportunities in the process. . They are able to cut the cost by more than 50% than if they were to order from outside sources. Similar achievements have been made in the other divisions.
The Rehabilitation Center, is headed by a physiatrist and a medical team who assess and recommend the course of treatment for all children and youth under ASSA’s care. The center is also open to all who can not afford to pay the fee to regular clinics. The center has successfully rehabilitated several children from Stage I (those who come in crawling with wasted limbs) to Stage II (completion of corrective surgery, walking with fitted Calipers, aided by crutches) to Stage III (Integration with the community). This center has 5 extensions as detailed later.
Extension 1 – Prosthetic Aids: ASSA has several hundred beneficiaries that have received prosthetic aids that are manufactured and maintained at their facility
“G. Fisher Caliper Making Unit”, that runs under the “Vocational Training” umbrella. Calipers, Crutches and other orthopedic aids are manufactured using the modern plastic molding technology and given free of charge to needy disabled persons. In 1998 more than 3000 calipers and prosthetic aids were manufactured and maintained by ASSA.
Extension 2 – Community Rehabilitation Program: ASSA has launched a Community Rehabilitation Program,” through which over 1000 individuals have benefited. Please Visit http://www.amarseva.org/ and follow links to activities for current stats and activities.
Extension 3 – Prevention and Early Detection:
Prevention, Early Detection and Early Intervention Program: This Program is jointly run with Spastic Society of Tamil Nadu Chennai. Doctors, village health nurses, and dieticians are involved in executing the program. ASSA has targeted a disability free district in the next 3 years. This Program is aided by the Govt. of Australia. The efforts taken by ASSA in prevention of Polio since 1985 and by the state through “Polio Plus” program since 1995 have been very successful. There has not been a single Polio case in the past 2 years in the area serviced by ASSA.
Extension 4 – Physiotherapy Center and Hostel: The Physiotherapy Centre and hostel for the disabled was constructed with the Govt. of Japan grant and is equipped by the grant from Rotary Intl. The facility is in extensive use by both Mentally and Physically challenged children at ASSA, persons under outreach and daycare programs. The facility is also open to anyone in need of therapy. The center is headed by a qualified Physiatrist and doctor.
Please click here for additional Rehabilitation Centre statistics.
Awards for the Institution and to Mr.Ramakrishnan & Mr. Sankara Raman
|“National Award for the Welfare of people with Disabilities” to Mr. Ramakrishnan by Former President Shri Abdul Kalam, on 2002.||“HELLEN KELLER AWARD” to Sankara Raman – Dec. 2, 2005 at New Delhi.|
|Best Institution for Women’s Welfare Award Received from Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Tamilnadu at Fort.St.George, Chennai on 15th August received by Secretary Sri.S.Sankara Raman||“Super Idol” award to Sankara Raman by CNN IBN on Jan 19, 2010|
|Award for”Exellence In Human Endeavour” by Hon’ble President of India, Smt.Prathibha Patil, on 19th may 2008.||“Best Organization Award “to Mr.Sankara Raman by Smt.Meira Kumar, Hon’ble Minister of Social Justice empowerment , Govt of India.|
|“Best Prize award in the Social Service” Award to Mr.S Sankara Raman by Selvi J Jayalalitha, Ex. Chief Minister of TamilNadu, (15th August 2004).||“State Bank of India, Mumbai Received Sri S. Sankara Raman on 01.07.2013.|
You can donate directly to Amar Seva Sangam in Indian Rupees. The receipt will be issued by ASSA in Rupees. You should provide your name and address in India where they will send the receipt. You can send then an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of how you want the money be used. Following are the bank details where you can transfer directly. Handi-Care will not be able to issue receipt for this donation.
|S.No.||Account Name||Bank Name||Savings Bank A/c No.||IFSC Code|
|1.||Amar Seva Sangam||ICICI Bank, Tenkasi||612901093918||ICIC0006129|
|2.||Amar Seva Sangam||IOB, Ayikudy||137801000001985||IOBA0001378|
|3.||Amar Seva Sangam||SBI, Tenkasi||10955564456||SBIN0000928|
|4.||Amar Seva Sangam||Canara Bank, Tenkasi||961101020201||CNRB0000961|
Who funds ASSA?
|The buildings, equipment and all other project expenses are funded by individual and corporate donors. To mention the top corporate donors:|
|HANDI CARE INTERNATIONAL, Canada||INFOSYS FOUNDATION|
|SIR RATAN TATA TRUST||SWISS INDIA TRUST|
|CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAPAN||VOLKART FOUNDATION|
|GOVT.OF INDIA ,MINISTRY OFSOCIAL
JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT
|LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION OF INDIA|
|SIES, Mumbai||SIVASAMY MEMORIAL CHARITABLE TRUST|
|I.C.I.C.I Bank||SANKARA PIPES INDIA PVT LTD.,|
|GERHARD FISCHER, Germany||AMBER EQUITABLE INVESTMENT PVT LTD.,|
|CARITAS INDIA (CBR FORUM)||BHAGWAN MAHAVEER FOUNDATION|
|Heart & Hand for the Handicapped||CANARA BANK|
|I.D.B.I||SILVERLINE TECHNOLOGY LTD|
|State Bank Of India, India||AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION|
|Indian Overseas Bank||ASHA FOR EDUCATION|
|JUNIPER NETWORKS FOUNDATION FUND||WOODLANDS INTERNATIONAL
Easy access points :
- From Bangalore to Madurai by Madurai Bangalore Express
- Overnight train – Pothigai to & fro from Chennai to Tenkasi
- Ayikudy is 6km from Tenkasi
- ASSA will arrange pick up from Tenkasi Station
- 3 hrs by car from Trivandrum
- 3 hrs by car from Madurai