Each one of us strives hard in life to make a decent earning to lead a joyous and peaceful life. Being born a normal human being is taken for granted. Everyone is capable of hearing, seeing, speaking, touching, thinking and walking about – or so we choose to believe. Until we find some unfortunate child, born with a defect or incapacitated due to disease, struggling to cope with the rest of the world; to perform the tasks, which most of us perform oh-so-naturally. What would life be for the handicapped, the mentally retarded, the differently-abled, as they are referred to lately?
Fortunately, our society is also blessed with specially trained teachers for taking care of the specific needs of such kids. But then special teachers for special kids – can they be taught in general schools, where normal kids go to study? One would need special residential school too! One such school, "Anusuyatmaja Matimand Nivasi Vidyalaya", a dream project of the Punyatma Prabhakar Sharma Seva Mandal (PPSSM) saw the light of day on 12th July 2009 at Igatpuri. Bringing into reality the wishes of the founder trustee of PPSSM, Rukmabai Tallur, who led an austere life based on Gandhian principles, wore khadi, took part in the Independence struggle and worked all life for the poor, tribal and the less fortunate beings all her life.
The “Small Steps Along the Way” blog had featured the project and posted the progress at regular intervals. Some readers have even come forth to contribute generously to the project. I am sure with our support, the PPSSM would cater to many needy children in the region.
The School Building Facade
Kids being welcomed for the inauguration ceremony of their school building
[Photos Courtesy: Vijay Basrur on Flickr]
The other photographs posted by Vijay Basrur of the inaugural event can be viewed here.
The link to the website of the PPSSM is here.
A brief mention about the recent felicitaion of Managing Trustee of PPSSM, Mrs. Shitala Pandit, would be in order. Especially since she has been honoured for her social work by the reputed Kanara Saraswat Association on the occasion of the International Women’s Day in Mumbai. A truly well-deserved honor, one can be sure!
Smt. Shitala Pandit speaking at the occasion
Smt. Shitala Pandit being honoured by Prof. Smt. Sadhana Kamat.
[Photographs Courtesy: Shri Jayant Nayampalli]
The project has been completed with borrowed funds and continues to need the support of those fortunate individuals who would want to support a good social cause for the needy. The Trust has appealed for donations, which may be sent by cheque in favour of
“Punyatma Prabhakar Sharma Seva Mandal”
to the following address –
Mrs. Shitala Pandit, Managing Trustee, PPSSM,
9/11 – 12, Saraswat Colony,
Mumbai 400 054, India.
Donations are eligible for rebate under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961
Donations can be made in INR, USD, GBP or EUR
An Individual Embedded Name Plaque will be put up at the entrance for generous donations for certain facilities of the School as follows :-
Rs 50,000 – For each of the Classrooms (14 in all)
Rs. 1,50,000 – For the Worship area
Rs. 2,00,000 - For Kitchen, Dining or Workshop areas
Rs. 3,00,000 - For Dormitory or Hall
You may contribute in your personal capacity or can recommend your organization to support the cause as a Corporate Social Responsibility, as many organizations have committed to the uplifting of the under-privileged in our society. Your kind gesture would go a long way in the fulfilling of Late Rukmakka’s last wishes. We do hope the good work continues to bring happiness in our lives.