- "Sri Rama Jaya Rama” Mantra was chanted during Deepa Pooja, Shivalinga Pooja and daily by our Balwadi school children, cultural class students and during monthly meetings by our Balwadi teachers and Social Workers. Every month nearly 5,52,946 times mantras were chanted in 84 localities.
- Through 76 Balwadis, 1,947 rural Children were nurtured. In all the Balwadis, Malt along with hygienically prepared highly nutritive lunch with vegetables was served during the day. And in the evening vitamin-rich cereals were provided to the children.
- In our Medicare Program, 1,777 patients were examined and treated for various common ailments, through 15 Rural Medical Centers in Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts.
- Eye camps were conducted at 2 places in which 371 were treated for their eye ailments and 121 were operated for cataract.
- In 215 Samskara Vargas, 6,803 students participated. The students were taught about the values of Indian Culture, through games, lectures & lessons. The feelings of oneness were strengthened among participants, through patriotic songs and games.
- Under Adopt a Grannie Parent Programme, 10 destitute and old people were provided with monthly solatiums, in the form of rice, dhal, oil, etc., for their livelihood and 34 persons provided rice only, in five Southern districts of Tamilnadu.
- Monthly Deepa poojas were organized in 260 village temples in five districts of Southern Tamilnadu, in which 10,547 ladies participated and offered prayers for the welfare of self, family and the society.
- Under Amrita Surabhi Scheme, our Kendra workers collected 1780 Kgs of rice from Kanyakumari, Valliyoor, Thoothukudi, Ramnad and Aruppukottai districts.
- Through various branch centers and book stalls, literature books were sold for Rs. 76,077/-
- Subscriptions for 157 Vivekavani, 155 one year, 2 two years, and 3 Yuva Bharathi was collected.
- 80 women are being benefited in 4 Self Help Groups in Kanyakumari district.
- Swadhyaya Varga was organised, 01 at Paramakudi and 01 at Aruppukottai, in which 90 persons participated.
- Yoga Varga has being conducted at 03 places, 01 each at Paramakudi, Kovilpatti, and Aruppukottai in which 93 persons attended.
- 4 tailoring units are functioning well in Nellai district with the total attendance of 84.
- Shivalinga Poojas were conducted at 02 places in Kanyakumari District and 103 members participated.
- Durga Pooja was conducted at 02 places, in Kanyakumari District in which 125 devotees participated.
- 508 Deepa Poojas were conducted at Nullivilai, Kanyakumari district on Sep 1st, in which 474 participated, and 1008 Deepa Pooja at Kommadikottai, Thoothukudi district on Sep 04th, where 1,410 participated.
- Parents meeting was conducted at 2 places in Kanyakumari district and at 2 places in Kovilpatti, where 35 and 41 parents attended, respectively.
- Cultural classes were held at 06 places at Aruppukottai district with 220 participants.
- Rural – District level competition was conducted in all the 05 districts in which 2184 students from 116 schools participated in 14 competitions, along with 63 parents and 114 teachers.
- Universal Brotherhood Day was celebrated at Nullivilai, Kanyakumari district on Sep 01st in which 400 participated.
- Vinayaka Chaturthi was celebrated at various places, in all the 05 districts on Sep 01st.
- Eknathji day was celebrated at 08 places in Kanyakumari district in which 412 participated.
- Yoga camp on Sep 11th, with 37 participants and Universal Brotherhood day at 05 places with 95 participants were celebrated in Kovilpatti district.
- On Sep 25th, 2007 Deepa Pooja was grandly celebrated at the famous temple of Ramanathasamy temple at Rameswaram with more than 2010 devotee’s participation.
- Balwadi teacher’s camp and Social worker’s camp were held at Kanyakumari from Sep 10 – 19th, 2011, 35 & 4 respectively.
- Velga Velgave follow-up camp was held at Kanyakumari on 11th & 12th Sep from 14 colleges and 60 students participated.
This month, we have distributed the rice which was collected through Amrit Surabhi and Anna Pooja to Balwadi children, old poor people and also through the following institutions, educational institutions etc., as follows:
- Mouna Gurusamy Madam, Thottiyodu - 100 Kgs
- Yogi Ram Surath Mantralayam, Peyode - 100 Kgs
- Johny Primary School, Kumbikulam - 100 Kg.
- Avvai Ashram, Sivasailam - 100 Kgs
- Hindu Middle School, Thirumalapuram - 200 Kgs
- Sarada Anbu Illam, Kanyakumari - 50 Kgs
- Indhu School, Kalanthapanai - 150 Kgs
- Balwadi Children - 1790 Kgs
- AAG people - 730 Kgs
Nisha Nandini, Idaichivillai, Thoothukudi district
In our Balwadi, during one of our classes, we were writing and suddenly one of the child’s lead of the pencil broke. Immediately, I asked for a blade to sharpen it. Unfortunately, while sharpening I cut my finger and blood was oozing out. One child of our class, immediately, went into the kitchen and came out with Coffee powder and asked me to press the cut with the powder to stop the blood flow. This incident and the presence of mind of the child, was really astonishing to all of us.
N. Chandra, Ambasamudram, Tirunelveli district
On August 24, we conducted cultural competitions at Keezhpaavoor. One of the teachers, who had brought their students for the competitions, came to me and asked, “How come all the workers of the Kendra are able to orate, sing and do all the social works with utmost sincerity and dedication, though we are all quite educated and qualified, excepting a very few, others are not able to even climb up the dais and talk. Similarly, when we come for camps, though you’ll do not know any of us, you welcome us all with utmost affection and with a smile on your face. I am really very much delighted to attend the camps and such competitions being conducted by Vivekananda Kendra. I also sincerely and whole heartedly wish to participate in all your programmes.” These words of the teacher really boosted the morale of my self-esteem and am grateful to be associated with Vivekananda Kendra.
For more information about Vivekananda Kendra Rural Development Project please visit http://www.vkrdp.org