Amar Seva Sangam

Project Brief: Amar Seva Sangam
Project Type: Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Meera Venkatesh
Project Partner(s): S. Sankara Raman
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , "SULOCHANA GARDENS" ,Post Box No.001; Tenkasi Road AYIKUDY ,P.O TIRUNELVELI DIST., ,
TAMIL NADU  627852
Tel: 91-( 04633) - 267160, 267170,
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Sep 2017SeattleUSD 25384
Aug 2016SeattleUSD 21985
Aug 2015SeattleUSD 21046
May 2014SeattleUSD 21444
Jan 2014SeattleUSD 4056
May 2013SeattleUSD 4352
Jun 2012SeattleUSD 2775
May 2011SeattleUSD 2636
Mar 2010SeattleUSD 2531
Mar 2009SeattleUSD 3001

Total = $109210

Amar Seva Sangam has several projects, key ones are listed:

Rehabilitation Center:

Inaugurated on 24th July 1993 by Bharat Ratna Shri.C.Subramaniam, the Center takes care of the needs of the disabled boys and girls who are under our residential care. Known as Sivanandha Block it serves as a multi-purpose hall used for giving physiotherapy to the children, doing prayer, and also as a dining cum dormitory for the girls presently under the residential care.

Home for the disabled

This hall is a dormitory for the house mothers and kitchen for the home and was the first Building in our Rehabilitation efforts for the Polio affected children. This Building was our starting point in our dream to build a model Township for the Disabled and is known as SPIC hall. This was inaugurated on 12th March 1994

The home caters to the needs for the residential care children up-to 50. In this home deserving children from poor families are taken for complete care and boarding, lodging, rehabilitation and education is given free of cost.

Children will be selected in 3-8 age groups from extremely poor families. Children with greater disability will be given preferences. Children with no parent or one parent will be considered for priority attention. The Rehabilitation is given in three stages namely 1) Residential care stage 2) Day care stage and 3) Village Based Rehabitation stage. After 3-5 years of Residential care stage, the children will be promoted for Stage II Day care stage of Rehabilitation..

Caliper making center
The caliper making center is named after Mr.Gerhard Fischer and was inaugurated on 25th January 1996.
In the unit, we not only make calipers of light weight but also undertake repair work of PVC calipers which are light in weight and which have replaced the traditional heavy weight aluminum calipers.The Unit also supplies calipers against specific orders in addition to meeting its captive demand. The following statement brings into focus the functioning of this Unit.

Integrated Middle School
Known as Siva Saraswathi Vidyalaya School (named after the parents of the Founder President S.Ramakrishnan) the School has two Blocks namely Dr.A.P.J.Abdulkalam Block for middle School Children and Sri Abinava Vidya Theertha Block for Primary School Children

The school started with a humble beginning in 1991 has as on date a strength of 380 students of which 45 are physically challenged. The unique character of the school is that it is integrated in nature where the physically challenged mingle freely with the normal children. It is seen to be believed as to how both the groups go about their job and how the normal children help the disabled and how they exhibit understanding of the problem of the physically challenged. We advocate this example to be emulated. Since the school is situated in the campus itself and that too adjacent to the Home for the Disabled, there is no commuting problem, a good example of layout of different sections.

The school is recognized by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu but functions without Govt. aid. Where as the normal children are required to pay nominal fees the disabled are given free education. To help the students attend the classes, we provide transportation at nominal charge to the normal children and here again the disabled are afforded free commuting facilities to the school. The Daycare children who are those graduating from residential care also attend the Integrated school from nearby villages.


The school has besides trained staff, a physical instructor to impart physical education. There is a good playground for the students with an amusement park.

Spastic Centre

As on date there are 18 MR & CP (Mentally Retarded and Cerebral Palsy) children of different age groups (below the age of 15). The centre started in 1997 aims at rehabilitating MR & CP children to such an extent that they are trained to look after themselves with regard to their personal hygiene and food habits. The progress is necessarily slow but steady. For the strength of 18 children we have five teachers, for the children require intensive care

The Centre being a Day Care Centre organizes to bring the children living on the outskirts of Amar Seva Sangam to the Centre by our own transport in such a way that the children reach the Centre by 10.30 a.m. during the week days and remain till 2.30 p.m. and dropped back by our own transport. The children are given free snacks and food and the parents of the children are given a nominal financial support of Rs.100/- per month to enable them take care of the immediate needs of their wards.

Since the Institution's aim is to reach the needy at their doorsteps, we have opened a sub-Centre for MR & CP children (which has a strength of six children now) at a place called Elathur, which is just 8 kms from Amar Seva Sangam.

Vocational Training: The Vocational Training Centre includes six different facilities (Computer Centre, Typing Centre, Two Wheeler Mechanic- Training Centre, Note Book Making & Binding Centre, Tailoring & Handicrafts Centre, Spirulina Centre: Production & Marketing of high quality Spirulina). Individuals are trained to become autonomous workers in one of the six disciplines before being reintegrated into their native communities.

Post Acute Care

Built at a considerable cost, the hostel and the Physiotherapy Unit at Amar Seva Sangam offer a fully equipped state-of-the-art technology, unique in this part of the country, comparable to international standards.

The hostel has the capacity to accommodate 20 beds and admission will be on "First come first serve" basis.

Village Based Rehabilitation (VBR) Initiatives
Creating awareness about disability, its causes and management by street campaigns, plays and other means of communication.
Prevention, early intervention, care-giving and rehabilitation those affected.
Formation of Self-Help Groups of the physically challenged, training them in vocational skills to make them earn their living.

The Village Based Rehabilitation (VBR) Center, which operates in tandem with Day Care, assists individuals in surrounding communities through the Caliper Making Centre, Disabled Youth Training Program, and Post-Acute-Care Program. Nearly ten-thousand individuals have benefited from VBR.


To involve the local communities in the decision making process
To enable persons with physical challenges to become independent and assertive
To extend the current physical rehabilitation programme to social and economical integration.
To establish democratic people-level institutions for proper utilization of the infrastructure created in the Sangam and make it a “Valley for the physically challenged
Amar Seva Sangam's Mission is :
Empowering the physically challenged citizens and rural women by establishing a 'Valley for the physically challenged and Women' as a Rehabilitation and Development Centre for the region and developing models for self-help initiatives by Educating and integrating the disabled individuals and women with the society for improved living conditions in the village

Vision to establish a Valley for the Disabled, whereby physically/mentally challenged persons live in a pro-active society where equality prevails irrespective of physical, mental or other challenged with the rest of the society. It is a futuristic vision whereby Amar Seva Sangam plays the role of an enabling agent to get the physically/mentally challenged “equality of status, equality in opportunities and equality in access”. It is a society where people are identified as differentially abled.