DR. SOUNDRAM TRUST – GANDHIGRAM
In memory of the founder of Gandhigram, Dr. Soundram Trust was started on February 26, 2009. The Gandhigram Press, which was under Lakshmi Seva Sangham since 1977 has been brought under this new trust on the date of registration.
The Trust was started with the objectives of
• Relief to the poor
• Relief of economically and socially disadvantaged or needy women & children
• Undertaking activities employing rural poor particularly women without any profit motive.
• If the units so started incidentally have any surplus it should be used for supporting
Sowbhagya Illam, Avvai Ashram children and orphanage maintained by Gandhigram Trust and for any other educational and medical activities undertaken by Gandhigram Trust and likeminded organizations working in the field.
The Main Objectives
1. To promote, organize and maintain economic activities for the relief to destitute women, orphans or the physically challenged disadvantaged women or children, small and marginal farmer’s indigent artisans or senior citizens.
2. To undertake Income generation activity and such other functions pursuant to the development of economic activities mentioned above for the relief of above mentioned persons specifically and generally to all poor.
3. To encourage and promote research in the techniques of production of Khadi or in the development of Village Industries or to provide facilities for a study of the problems relating to Khadi or Village Industries.
4. To undertake, assist or encourage the production of Khadi or Development of Village Industries and related activities and also apply and get reorganization from Khadi & Village Industries Commission for such activities.
5. To co-operate with other organizations having similar objectives and especially with the Gandhigram Trust, Gandhigram, and extend financial support to orphanage maintained by Gandhigram Trust and other activities.
6. To do fundamental research, develop and propagate natural dye and other related works.
7. To utilize the services of rural women and men for such manufacturing activities which it deem fit to be use with the intention of providing employment opportunity.
8. To form establish and maintain SHGs and form federations and undertake Micro credit and Micro enterprises including departmental study training centers and others.
9. To start and manage a printing press and control activities in the nature of printing materials for Gandhigram Trust and other sister institutions and other relevant institutions and others with a motive of giving employment potential for rural women and others and publish books relevant to the ideology and others.
10. To start and manage centers for training youths in self-employment and job-oriented courses and others.
11. To canvas and to have programmes for a-forestation and ecological balance.
12. To have programmes for all-round development of villages and rural communities and other for the benefit of all the members of the community.
13. To grant scholarships and free-ships and free food to the poor and deserving students.
14. To start and maintain old age homes and other related charitable activities.
15. To conduct Training programmes for propagating Khadi and Village Industries, Traditional system of medicines and conduct programmes for the destitute women, orphans and those who are in need of training.
16. To work for the reconstruction of the Social order in our country along .the lines laid down by Mahatma Gandhi i.e. Building up of a casteless, classless and gender just society of complete justice to the common man through wholly non violent effect and with special emphasis upon the social and moral values of manual labour.
17. To do all or any of other charitable activities as indicated conducive to attainment of the above objects of the Trust and furtherance of the objects, but shall not include activities of profit. The income will be applied for charitable purposes.
The ‘Relax’ Sanitary Napkin Unit and Natural Dyes Unit run by Gandhigram SHG-Federations were, on their request taken over by Dr. Soundram Trust with effect from 01-10-2010.
1. Publication Division (Gandhigram Press)
The Gandhigram Press started by Dr. T.S. Soundram in 1950 was merged with Lakshmi Seva Sangham on 01-04-1977, and transferred to Dr. Soundram Trust with effect from February 2009. At present eight persons are engaged in this Publication Division. This Division is publishing quarterly News Letters of Gandhigram Trust, a weekly namely ‘Naam’ for the Gandhigram Rural Institute and few ublications on Rural Welfare for Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health and Family Welfare Trust. In addition this division has been catering the needs of sister institutions of Gandhigram.
On the basis of the basic objectives of the Trust this division has contributed a total sum of Rs. 50,000/- to the following institutions in 2009 – 2010:
a. Sowbaghya illam Rs. 10,000
b. Kasturba Hospital, Gandhigram Rs. 10,000
c. Avvai Ashram, Sivasailam Rs. 5,000
d. Santhi School, Sivasailam Rs. 5,000
In 2010-11 the Trust has also helped a poor widow from a nearby village and two higher education studying poor students. It is proposed to help poor patients in rural areas coming for medical treatment to Gandhigram Kasturba Hospital.
2. Natural Dyes Research and Training Centre:
One of the objectives of Dr. Soundram Trust is to do fundamental research, develop and propagate Natural Dyes and other related works. Based on this objective the Natural Dyes Unit was transferred to Dr. Soundram Trust with effect from 01-10- 2010. Except Research and Development in natural dyeing which is part of a research and development project other related services are under the control of Dr. Soundram Trust.
Presently this centre is engaged in natural dyeing of yarn and Khadi cloth and propagate its health prospects. It also undertakes dyeing of organic yarn for NGOs. The centre has been imparting training on the preparation of natural dyes to the persons sponsored by NGOs at a reseasonable cost.
The centre has developed five natural water colours and they have been given to children for trial. On receipt of feed backs from them we will probe the possibility of propagating them amongst others.
3. Sanitary Napkin Research & Training Centre:
There was a felt need that the health conditions and menstruation hygiene of rural poor has to be taken care of and they have to be educated about the usage of Sanitary Napkins. They have also to be trained in the production and the Centre of Research and Training was transferred to Dr. Soundram Trust with effect from 01- 10-2010. Propagation of the usage of Sanitary Napkins are on the way and the products are to be distributed to the students of Savikashram and Kasturba Hospital and others of Gandhigram Trust.
1. Dr. R. Kousalya Devi – Life Trustee
2. Shri. M.R. Rajagopalan – Managing Trustee
3. Shri. K. Shivakumar – Secretary
4. Shri. S. Sankararaman – Treasurer
General Body Members
1. Dr. R. Kousalya Devi
2. Shri. M.R. Rajagopalan
3. Shri. K. Shivakumar
4. Shri. S. Sankararaman
5. Ms. K.S. Neela
6. Mrs. R. Revathy
7. Mrs. N. Ramuthai
8. Shri. J. Ananda Gandhi
9. The Vice-Chancellor
10. The Director, GIRH & FWT
11. Shri. S. Murugesan
12. Smt. S. Amala
13. Smt. C. Muthu Priya
14. Smt. R. Gita Ram