Gandhibhavan is situated on the banks of Kallada River in Kundyam, near Pathanapuram of Kollam District. This great institution is well designed; deeply devoted and dedicated to the destitute ranges from months old kids to well-aged senior citizens. They are left high and dry by the very people they count on; the deranged who move about aimlessly or without any destinations 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 in 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 the India, Bharatha Ratnam Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam visited Gandhibhavan on May 7, 2015. He 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.”
An Ideal example of the day out visit with your loved ones could be to celebrate some of your memorable occasions such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries etc. 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.
Heavenly Home for Destitute Children
Children’s home provides heavenly shelter to destitute children who are invigorating the whole atmosphere like fluttering butterflies. They are well protected with accommodation, nutritious food, proper treatment, general education, art, culture, music and recreation facilities. The children comprise of all age from Day Care, LKG to M.Sc Computer Engineering, Nursing, Teacher Training, LLB etc. Even though they are abandoned by their mothers or left out by their parents, presently they are proud to be a family member of Gandhibhavan. Love prevails here is more precious than that exists in a Delta family.
Jesus Bhavan for Pain and Palliative Care for Women
Women patients in a critical stage are treated here with special care. Overaged patients are also here ( Up to 104 years old) and medical staff keeps high alert towards them. Ayurveda clinic with complete treatment set up; Homeo Clinic with the help of health department; An allopathic pharmacy; Well equipped clinical lab and doctors consulting rooms are attached here with this units.
Guru Karunya Mandiram for Helpless Mother and Couples
Guru Karunya Mandiram is a three-storied building of which two stairs are exclusively for mothers who sought asylum here. Each one of them has a story to tell about their ‘dearest ones’. Upstair of the building is for the helpless couples who are rehabilitated here. Nethaji Block and Sabarmathi village for physically handicapped.
Netaji Block and Sabarmathi Village for Physically Handicapped
Netaji block is exclusively for youths who are suffering from deadly diseases. Physically handicapped persons are rehabilitated in ‘sabarmathy’ village where most of them lost their legs, hands or other parts including eyes and ears. There are so many ones who cannot do anything without the help of others, even their preliminary needs. A medical centre and dental clinic are functioning here.
Bethlahem & Jeeva Karunya Mandiram for Bedridden Senior Citizens
Bedridden senior citizens are accommodated in Bethlahem and Jeeva Karunya Mandiram. It is a palliative care ward for men. Medical staff here keeps almost alert with sleepless nights.
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 are completely free.
Mother Theresa Bhavan for Mentally Distressed Women
Mentally distressed women are rehabilitated here with proper treatment and maximum care.
Gandhibhavan is implementing several agricultural projects with the help of State Agriculture Department. Gandhibhavan workers who are experts in farming implements these ambitious projects. The main focus is on traditional products and horticulture.
A Great Model for Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat
Gandhibhavan is the real model for Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Programme where sanitation in its high pitch. 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 functioning here. Fish harvesting, Poultry farm, bio-agriculture compost unit are also here to make use of food waste. Governor, Chief Minister, Health Minister, Former Chief Ministers, Former Health Ministers, Health Department Principal Secretary, High Court Judges, Union Ministers and other high dignitaries visited here and appreciated its high standard of sanitation.
Akshaya Kitchen to Feed Inmates and Visitors
Anybody who comes to Gandhibhavan at any time will get nice food what they prefer. 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 most cleaning. Here cooking is done with steam. Everyday traditional Kerala Sadya is served as lunch.
Routine Prayer Meetings With a Secular Fabric
Prayer is a routine activity here in the morning, noon and evening. All the inmates and visitors of various religions take part in the prayer which has a secular fabric. Prominent persons of every walk of life come here to address the prayer meetings to insist on human values and virtues.
Promoting Art, Culture and Heritage
Gandhibhavan is a subcentre of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy, where dramas and other programmes sponsored by the academy is demonstrated regularly. Seminars on various life issues, literary debates, legal awareness programmes, Health seminars, green-sanitation awareness programmes, medical camps are conducted. On holidays and other important occasions, arts and sports competitions and knowledge giving workshops are also conducted.
The library consists of wide range of books exceeding more than 7000. It has the recognition of Kerala Library Council. On behalf of the library, so many awareness programmes against social evils are taking place.
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.
It is for the first time in the history of charity a panchayath is formed exclusively for the inmates – Snehagramom Panchayat. It is only a concept 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 discipline and cleanliness of Gandhibhavan. The elected body has the right to bring the problems of inmates before the trust.
The election of this panchayath is conducted under a Chief Electron 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 aware each and every inmate that none of them are orphans, but rulers.
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.
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With over 25,000 subscribers, Sneharajyam is the first charity magazine in Malayalam published by a non-profit institution in Kerala.
Gandhibhavan conducts a wide range of community development and social responsibility programmes. We encourage you to participate in our daily programmes focused on being inspired by helping the needy thereby achieve happiness and peace. An ideal example of a day-out visit in Gandhibhavan with your loved ones could be to celebrate some of your memorable occasions.