Serving the needy with dedication: An orphanage to impart education and provide shelter to tribal kids


MANCHERIAL Like any other voluntary organisation, the town’s orphanage Ekalavya Aashramam-Sevabharathi seeks to provide shelter and to impart education to tribal youths, orphans and the poor students belonging to erstwhile Adilabad.

 Kasetti Laxman, a staunch follower of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), used to tour tribal hamlets and villages of integrated Adilabad in 1990s. He was moved to find Adivasi youngsters being engaged in different activities rather than studies. Since then, he decided to offer education to them as a token of giving back to the society. He then shared his idea with his friends K Vidyasagar Rao and G Vittal.

The trio had jointly established the organsiation titled Ekalavya Aashramam-Sevabharathi on the premises of Sri Saraswathi Shishu Mandir of the town, by sheltering seven children in 1992. Kolluri Ramaiah came forward to donate a piece of land for erecting permanent building for the home, in memory of his son. Also, some philanthropists contributed funds for meeting operational expenses. At present, the orphanage is run in a three-storied building.

 In order to yield better performance and to extend services to the needy, new governing committee comprising seven members and a president is formed for every three years. A bank account was opened in the name of the organisation for bringing transparency in raising and spending funds. Damera Rajaiah, president of the organisation, says that a total of 32 students are currently being sheltered in the orphanage.

 “We are able to offer quality education and nutritious food to inmates only with the help of fi- nancial support from donors and philanthropists,” he explained. Narayana, one of the alumni of the organisation and native of Vemanapalli mandal, says that he was working as a contract teacher with an Ashram School after pursuing MSc and Diploma in Education (DEd). “I was able to perform well in academics with the support from organisers of Ekalavya Aashramam,” he adds.



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