Siva Sakthi Sathya Sai Charitable Trust Chennai was established by Vijayakumari.C.C, who is a Montessori Teacher and a Diploma holder in Mental Retardation from NIMH, Secunderabad. She started her dream Home –Siva Sakthi Home in 1994 with 7 Mentally Challenged children in a rented premise. On the 18th of August 1998, the Home was shifted to its own building with the help of local philanthropists and donors. The building land was donated by Dr.Leela Rajagopal, Former Professor of KMC Chennai. The Trust started another Home in Sri Raja Rajeswary Nagar, Bangalore which was inaugurated by Sri N.Vittal, Central Chief Vigilance Commissioner in 2000. Bangalore Home Building was donated by Sri C.S.Pani , Former ED of IDBI .
On the 17th of August 2002, the Trust opened its Annexure Building and was inaugurated by Sri.P.S.Ramamohan Rao, Governor of Tamilnadu. Honourable Justice Sri Renganathan Rtd.Supreme Court, Justice Sri.M.Karpagavinayagam, High Court, Chennai and Justice Smt.Prabha Sridevan, High Court, Chennai, Mrs.C.K.Gariyali IAS, Social Welfare Secretary, Tamilnadu attended the function.
In 2002, the Trust started another project for providing ‘Nutracueticals’ to 250 pregnant women from economically backward community at Villivakkam area with Nalmanam, another NGO. This support will be extended in future to 1000 women progressively. This will be extended till 24 months of the child. It is hoped that the children will have normal I.Q and healthy.
We started a new project called ‘Therapeutic Community in Green Ambience’ in the year 2004 at Singadivakkam village in Kancheepuram for Mentally Challenged Children, Destitute Children and Senior Citizens. Padmashri Dr.K.Anji Reddy, Chairman, Dr.Reddys Laboratories performed the Bhoomipooja of the project on 19 th January 2004. Horticulture-Green therapy is the key factor of this project. Green therapy is an approach based on living with Nature for bringing about improvement in the residents; Each and every member of this therapeutic community living together, communicating and helping each other for maximum social interaction. It is planned that the green therapy will provide a positive mindset in order to get best behavioural and self-help outputs. Padmashri Dr.K.Anji Reddy, Chairman, Dr.Reddys Laboratories has extended his generosity for aquiring the land for Horticultural Therapy at Singadivakkam village near Kancheepuram.We have inaugurated a Home for Mentally Challenged at Thiruvannamalai about 200 km away from Chennai. We have started the project on 7th March 2010.
Our Trust is recognized by the state and Central Governments. Our Trust is the member of National Trust and Registered with Rehabilitation Council of India. National Committee for Promotion of Social & Economic Development has approved our Trust to receive donations for our corpus fund u/s 35 AC(100% I.T.Exemption). Also the Trust is eligible for IT Exemption u/s 80 -G of IT Department. The Government of Tamil Nadu has certified our Home as a recognized institution u/s 52 of PWD Act.
Executive Members of the Trust:
The Board of Trustees are comprising of the Dedicated Inhouse Service Persons of the Branch Homes.
Ms.Vijayakumari CC, Managing Trustee
Ms.D.Manoranjitham, Trustee, Bangalore Home
Mrs.Remya Rajesh, Trustee, Chennai Home
Ms.S.Vinitha, Trustee, Thiruvannamalai Home
Consisting of eminent personalities from different walks of life, the advisory board helps the Trust in forming a vision and formulating the strategies for its accomplishment. It has also been instrumental in generating resources for the operations. The advisory board is also a great source of moral support in pursuit of our mission. Mr.P.N.Devarajan, our Chief Patron guide us in our endeavour to perform better.
The Trust periodically releases the books- based on the stories and life of world wide social workers, disabilities and its rehabilitation processes.( 'Women Crusaders, We Salute You' in 2002 and 'RHYTHM' in 2005 and 2006 Both books are compiled by S.Rajesh, Project Co-ordinator of our Trust). In 2007, we released the Autobiography 'Kadavulin Kuzhanthaikal'(God's Own Children)of Ms.Vijayakumari in Tamil to share her life time experiences and those of her children in Siva Sakthi Homes.
Funds Raising Programmes:
For creating more infrastructures for the disabled community, the Trust started fundraisers in the year 2004 to build Homes for the mentally challenged persons at Singadivakkam village in Kancheepuram.
2004: Siva Sakthi Charity Nite at Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai
Chief Guest: Sri PS Ramamohan Rao, Governor of Tamil Nadu
Justice Sri M.Karpaga Vinayagam, Madras High Court
Sri KB Brahmadathan, General Manager, Chennai Telephones
Performers:Sri Tippu, Sri Unni Menon, Smt.Harini , Sri Devan and Sri Srinivas
2005: Siva Sakthi Utsav
Chief Guest: Sri Balumahendra, Film Director and Sri Vidyasagar, Music Director
Performer:-Padmashri S.P.Balasubrahmanyam in 2005 at Kamarajar Arangam
2006, we conducted a Musical Extravagenza with upcoming singers like Sreeram Parthasarathy, Sreelekha Parthasarathy, Madhumitha, Haricharan etc as the part of Siva Sakthi Utsav-2006. In 2007, Siva Sakthi Utsav organized a dance ballet 'Sada Venkatesam Smarami Smarami' choreographed by Mrs.Anitha Guha, a renowned Bharathanatyam dancer. In 2008 we celebrated Siva Sakthi Utsav on 27th September 2008 at Naradhagana Sabha, Alwarpet, Chennai at 6.00 p.m .'Thiruppavai'-A Ballet about the devotion of Andal to Lord Krishna will be the highlight of the programme. In 2009 we celebrated Siva Sakthi Utsav 2009-our Anniversary at Vani Mahal, Chennai on 31st October with a Dance-Ballet-Shri Venkatadri Vaibhavam-choreographed by Kalaimamani Krishnakumari Narendran. In 2010 we celebrated with a ballet'Mahadevam Mahasenam Bhaje' on 30th October at Vani Mahal, Chennai.
2011:Ballet by Acharya Choodamani Smt. Anitha Guha at Vani Mahal, Chennai
2012:Ballet by Acharya Choodamani Smt. Anitha Guha at Vani Mahal, Chennai
2013:Ballet by Kalaimamani Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam at Vani Mahal, Chennai
2014:Ballet by Acharya Ratnakara Smt. Anitha Guha at Vani Mahal, Chennai
Volunteers from Abroad:
Volunteers are the assets for any social organization. Our Trust is blessed to have such volunteers for assisting and sharing our work during all these years. So far, fourteen volunteers have visited from Changing World in UK and ELI in USA.
Organization- Key Persons
Managing Trustee - Ms.Vijayakumari. C.C
Chief Patron & Mentor - Shri P.N.Devarajan
Sri V.Visvathan & Sri Sriram Visvanathan, Bala & Co. Adyar, Chennai