Project Brief: The project aims to establish a library for the more than one thousand children who live in this orphanage. Reading good books and playing puzzles have been proven to be very effective in child development.
Project Type: Children with Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: orphans

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Arizona
Status: rejected
Project Steward: Caroline Lobo
Project Partner(s):
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , #460, N.S.K. Nagar,,Chennai,
TAMIL NADU  600 106
Tel: +91-44-6216321, 621 6421
Stewarding Chapter: Arizona

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The library would provide a rich source of information for the children and the facility would give a conducive environment for the children to study. Because there are about 250 children between 6 and 15 and about 250 children below 6, the library would be appropriate for this institute.

The children are struggling to access knowledge sources like good books, newspapers, brainteasers, etc. Because of the limitations in transportation, they are not able to access the public library resources also.
Short-term goal is to provide the children with proper education environment and the long-term objective is to upgrade the school to provide higher secondary school education for the children. Among the resources that are required to establish a proper education environment, library is identified to be of prime importance.
Another long-term objective of this organization is to provide complete quality education till higher secondary for the children who are raised here and for the children from the nearby community. At present the school - The Ramakrishna Vidya Niketan present in Thiruverkadu, outskirts of Chennai, functions only up to the 9th standard level. The school plans to extend its educational arm up to the +2 level, and to more such needy children. At present the students from the neighboring community come from 32 villages, and the school plans to cover the remaining 14 villages in this jurisdiction. Other programs like Talent promotion program, sports and games are also planned to be included in near future. Because the children in this orphanage cannot afford to study in the training institutes outside, UDAVUM KARANGAL, without stopping at just providing education alone, also plans to start training institutes to give training to the graduating students in fields of medical science, social work etc.
UDAVUM KARANGAL (HELPING HANDS) is a registered non-governmental non-religious and non-profit social service organization, established in 1983., with sole objective of serving people in distress who are orphans & destitutes.

UDAVUM KARANGAL's humble beginnings trace back to 1983, when Vidyakar began his work in a voluntary counseling and guidance centre, as a professional social worker, in the slums of N.S.K. Nagar, Chennai. A, puny, dehydrated, wailing baby boy was brought by a rickshaw puller, who had discovered it, abandoned in a cinema hall, after a night show. Since then there has been no looking back ,neither for Vidyakar nor for UDAVUM KARANGAL.

UDAVUM KARANGAL extends help and succour and a new lease of life to nearly 1800 unfortunate persons from new born babies, abandoned or orphaned to old dying destitutes. The center provides individualized services, treatment, care, rehabilitation and education to those in distress.