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Gandhibhavan located on the banks of Kallada River in Kundyam, near Pathanapuram of Kollam District is a registered non-government organisation which is well designed, deeply devoted and dedicated to the destitute ranging from months old kids to the senior citizens. They are left high and dry by the very people they count on and the deranged who move about aimlessly or without any destinations. They also include the paraplegic and the bedridden; the deaf and dumb; orphaned kids, the physically and mentally challenged and the persons who just came back from the brink of suicide; the visually challenged; the HIV affected and the cancer patients and so on .They are the ones who had drifted from the set of courses of mainstream have created a world of their own and are leading a peaceful life.

Former President of India and visionary Bharat Ratna Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on his visit to Gandhibhavan proclaimed “Gandhibhavan means a Mini India. We can see miniature forms of all sections of people here. The beauty of equality and secularism in this Mini India is exciting. I am very lucky to be here.”

The most memorable moments with the loved ones is to celebrate some of the occasions such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, etc. Similarly , well-wishers take part in Gandhibhavan’s Prayer Services, in memory of their loved ones and enjoy a meal with the inmates. It may be a unique experience in your whole life and would like to invite all to be a part of this experience.

THE LARGEST SECULAR FAMILY IN THE WORLD

Heavenly Home for the Destitute Children

Children’s home provides heavenly shelter to deprived children who are invigorating the whole atmosphere like fluttering butterflies. The children who are a substantial part of this institution comprises of the ones from Day Care, kindergarten to the ones who are pursuing their M.Sc. Computer Engineering, Nursing, Teacher Training, LLB etc. and are well facilitated with accommodation, nutritious food, proper treatment, general education, art, sports, culture, music and recreation facilities. The institution considers them to be a part of the family and never give them a chance to be felt abandoned by their dear ones .Love that prevails here is more precious than that exists in a Delta family.

Netaji Block and Sabarmathi Village for Physically Handicapped

Netaji block is exclusively for the youths who are suffering from the fatal diseases. Physically handicapped persons are rehabilitated in ‘sabarmathy’ village where most of them are devoid of their legs, hands or other parts and also include the ones who cannot fulfil their preliminary needs without support. A medical centre and dental clinic are functioning here for their care and needs.

Guru Karunya Mandiram for Helpless Mother and Couples

Guru Karunya Mandiram is a three-storied building of which two storeys are exclusively for mothers who sought asylum here and the topmost floor for the helpless couples who are rehabilitated here. Each one of them has a story to tell about their ‘dearest ones’.

Jesus Bhavan for Pain and Palliative Care for Women

Women patients in a critical stage are treated here with special care. Patients ( Up to the age of 105 years old) are taken care by medical staff . Ayurveda clinic with complete treatment set up,homeo clinic with the help of health department,an allopathic pharmacy , well equipped clinical lab and the consulting rooms are attached along with these units.

Bethlahem & Jeeva Karunya Mandiram for Bedridden Senior Citizens

Bedridden senior citizens are accommodated in Bethlahem and Jeeva Karunya Mandiram. Medical staff here gives them special care and attention to the men in palliative care ward .

Shelter Home for Sexually Assaulted Women & Children

District shelter home of State Social Welfare Board is functioning in Gandhibhavan to protect the assaulted women and children. Legal aid, accommodation, food, treatment, labour training and counselling by psychologists to regain mental strength are provided here. They are well rehabilitated here with a new life and all the services at free of cost.

Poomarachilla

This is a day care for the toddlers where they are taken care when their mothers go to the work place for employment. These kids are the ones picked up from the streets and the ones saved from the abandonment of their parents.

Library

This section of the institution helps to enlighten our inmates with the knowledge by providing more than thousands of books covering all languages . Also they range from fiction novels to the autobiographies of the great personalities.

Internship

Internship for students is provided along with the hostel facilities. More than 30,000 students have completed their internships in various fields like services, KELSA , administration , psycho-sociology departments etc.

Extented And Different Service Zones

Snehagramam Panchayat

It is for the first time in the history of charity that a panchayath is formed exclusively for the inmates – Snehagramom Panchayat. It is to bring them in the process of democracy which is the leading light of our country.

This panchayat is divided into eight wards – Sabarmati, Jeevakarunyam, Shelter home, Gurukarunyam, Jesus Bhavan, Karunyam, Bethlahem and Paruamma ward. Each ward has an elected member and these members select the Panchayath President, Vice President and Welfare chairman. The prime responsibility of this body is to maintain the welfare ,discipline and cleanliness of Gandhibhavan. The elected body has the right to bring forth the ordeals of inmates before the trust.

The election of this panchayath is conducted under a Chief Election Commission who follows the legal and democratic practices. Secret ballot system is adopted here without having any political leanings. The aim of this election is to provide awareness to each and every inmate that they are the leaders and not the ones abandoned by their loved ones.

A Great Model for Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat

Gandhibhavan is the real model for Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Programmewhere the proverb ‘cleanliness is next to godliness ‘ is practiced. Gandhibhavan secured Union Governments Food Safety Licence, Water Inspection Certificate, Sanitation Certificate of the health department etc. Various facilities like drinking water cleaning plant, incinerator for waste processing, two major biogas plants are installed for effectiveness. Fish harvesting, Poultry farm, bio-agriculture compost unit are here to decompose food waste. Governor, Chief Minister, Health Minister, Former Chief Ministers, Former Health Ministers, Health Department Principal Secretary, High Court Judges, Union Ministers and other honorable dignitaries have appreciated its high standard of sanitation on their visit to this institution.

Akshaya Kitchen to Feed Inmates and Visitors

Anybody who comes to Gandhibhavan are offered with delicious food of their choice at anytime of their visits. Serving food to the beloved visitor is a prime motto of this esteemed institution. For this ‘Akshaya Kitchen’ is functioning with ultra-modern facilities and with ultra-hygiene. Traditional Kerala Sadya is served as lunch where it is prepared utilizing steam every day.

Promoting Art, Culture and Heritage

Gandhibhavan is a subcentre of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy, where dramas and other programmes sponsored by the academy are demonstrated on a regular basis. Seminars on various life issues, literary debates, legal awareness programmes, health seminars, green-sanitation awareness programmes, medical camps are organized . On holidays and other important occasions, arts and sports competitions and knowledge oriented workshops are also conducted for the enlightment of the inmates.

Sneharajyam Monthly

It is the first philanthropic monthly in Malayalam started publishing on 2007 November. This monthly is considered one of the topmost cultural and literary publication of Malayalam literature. Prominent writers re contributing their masterpiece articles for this magazine. Along with this Gandhibhavan Bookstall is also functioning here with 10 percent reduction sale.

Routine Prayer Meetings With a Secular Fabric

Prayer is a routine activity here in the morning, midday and evening. All the inmates and visitors of various religions take part in the prayer which has a secular fabric. Prominent personalitiesfrom every walk of life come here to address the prayer meetings to insist on human values and virtues.

Snehamandir Auditorium

This auditorium is constructed with the latest hi-tech facilities which is used for the entertainment purposes of the inmates . Various performances , auditions etc. take place along with daily mass prayers.

A Dream Comes True for

Dr. Punalur Somarajan

The history of Gandhibhavan is the life story of Dr. Punalur Somarajan. His entry into the world of charity wasn’t  haphazard. Rajan was an orphan of sorts. He lost his mother Saradha in his early childhood making him yearn for motherly affection and kisses of love. So he thought everyone whom he saw lying on wayside unnoticed by anyone lacked what he lacked – A mothers love. As a result the destitute whom he met on his way to school grab his attention and haunted his mind. While in the classroom or sitting in front of the lunch box or buckling down to study his mind was overwhelmed by this single thought – “what makes someone an orphan?”

Chellappan, Rajan’s father was also a Samaritan. Rajan used to see his father bringing the poor and drifters home. He bathed them, gave a pair of clothes and a square. When Rajan grew up into Dr. Somarajan, he found the answer which magged him in his childhood. That answer morphed in to a more practical solution to the question. That is Gandhibhavan. A great institution which strives to blot out the word “orphan” from our social discourse. It is virtually an asylum for many.