In an ever challenging and changing society, empowerment of women has been a matter of great concern. To equip socially disabled women to meet the challenges of the society “Kasthurba Sevikashram was started by Dr. T.S.Soundram as an essential unit of Gandhigram in 1947. The “Ashram” has been a “Home” for the socially disabled women – the destitutes, divorces, young widows and girls from remote villages and hilly areas where there is no opportunity for formal education beyond primary school level.
Kasthurba Sevikashram a unit of Gandhigram is situated in a beautiful valley between Sirumalai Hills on the east and Kodai Hills on the west and is just 10 K.M. from Dindigul and 53 K.M. from Madurai.
Enabling woman with social disability to stand on their own legs by giving them education and skills is the primary goal. No woman should feel helpless and orphaned. Giving protection to widows, destitutes and divorces and socially handicapped girls and also help them get a respectable position in the society, is our vision.
The School offers general education from Std VI to Std XII to women students of above 16 years and below 30 years. They appear S.S.L.C. and +2 public examination conducted by Government of Tamil Nadu. Due to compulsions and pressures from women of remote villages and hilly areas, admitting school drop-outs below 16 years also, under a non-stipendary scheme, charging a very nominal fee has become inevitable. Rehabilitation being the main objective, the students is encouraged to pursue higher studies and are even arranged placement in a field of their choice based on the marks they secure and interest.
Kasthurba Sevikashram Special Higher Secondary School was recognized by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu in 1977 and was upgraded 2007 August. Since 2010 July students receive a stipend of Rs. 450/- per month from State Social Welfare Department, Government of Tamil Nadu.
The sanctioned strength of the school by Social Welfare Department is 120, under stipendiary scheme. Besides this the drop out girls below 16 years are also admitted, under non stipendiary scheme.
Though these women continue their formal education after a break of even 10 years their pass percentage has always been above 85% in the final examination.
Besides formal school education students are given training in handwork, tailoring typewriting and computer.
Extra – Curricular Activities:
At Kasthurba Sevikashram Special High School, we have Junior Red cross, Scouts & Guide, Consumer Club, and Parent Teacher Association. These units are actively involved in various activities, including under taking extension activities in villages.
The message sent by Mahatma Gandhiji at the inauguration of Gandhigram in1947 “Success Attends where Truth Reigns” has rung true to this day. Today, we feel proud to state that the Sevikashram has rehabilitated more than 2300 socially disabled women to contribute their might to the welfare of the society by offering their services under various categories as follows:
Doctors – 4
Teachers – 555
Health workers – 550
Craft Teachers – 550
Vocational Stream – 500
Social Workers – 130
Our Well Wishers :
Thanks to the noble and generous mind of our well wishers, patrons and donors with whose assistance; we have made vast strides in Kasthurba Sevikashram, by improving the infrastructure facilities.
Thiru Chariar created an “Achal Endowment” Scheme through which every year the FIRST RANK holder and higher achievers in different subjects in S.S.L.C.and +2 Public Examination get medals and prizes. Apart from this, the endowment provides dress and sweets to the inmates at the time of Diwali.
Schemes of Donors
There are more schemes/proposals on the anvil to meet the emerging challenges in the society. To continue our good-work, to keep ourselves up-to-date, though man-power is available, money-power is yet a constraint. Those who wish to help the students can help in many ways.
1) Puravallar Thittam:
A well wisher can donate a minimum of rupees 1000 and more towards this scheme. This will be deposited in the Bank and interest accured from this deposit helps to meet the expenses for the development of the school, to provide books, and note books to the students.
Yearly Expenses of Student:
Expenditure for one student per year is approximately Rs. 5000/- including note books, uniform, school fee and mess charges. A well wisher can help by adopting a girl to complete her studies up to XII Std.
We have created a corpus fund. Anyone willing to donate a minimum of Rs. 1000/- towards this corpus fund is welcome. Interest accured from this fund will be utilized for the food expenses of the poor girls.
One Day Food Expense:
While you celebrate festivals or any anniversary days, you could think of feeding the inmates of Sevikashram by donating Rs. 3500/- to provide one meal to 250 girls. Donation can be sent in the form of Cheque, Draft, or Cash drawn in favour of Correspondent Kasthurba Sevikashram, Gandhigram.
Donations to Sevikashram are exempted from Income Tax under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. In addition, our parent organisation, Gandhigram Trust has obtained permission to receive donations to Corpus Fund which is eligible for 100% deduction under Section 35AC of the Income Tax Act.
For further details please contact,
The Secretary / Headmistress
Kasthurba Sevikashram Special Higher Secondary School
Gandhigram Trust Gandhigram – 624 302