This is *not* one of those in the list of organizations sent out by Chaitanya in the past. This is a new organization, visiting which, I thought, would help me understand better the intricacies of setting up a Home for the Needy through TMAD. I admit I couldn't read all the responses on the topic yet, but I did pay a visit there with my friend Pradyumna, who's volunteering as a tutor to X class children there. Right now, there's an urgent need for tutors for B.Sc. (IT) - III semester students who stay in the same premises. (Details are provided in the last bullet-point below.) The students are in desparate need for volunteers over the weekends, or even weekdays if possible, since the time is less. If you know of any students of Electronics and/or IT, please pass on the word.
Sai Seva Sangh near Kukatpally is into diversified service to several needy groups of people. I spoke with Mr. Venkat Rao in his office-cum-residential quarters (a small room really) at the school. He’s a mechanical engineer retired from Tata Motors, Jamshedpur, now giving to the society all he can, since his children are all well-settled in their lives. He literally lives there, and feels that one cannot do all one can without staying at the location of need! From my understanding, he manages whole of the Seva Sangh’s activities, at least those held within the school premises.
· Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir is a school aimed to educate the children in the slums of Moosapet (not restrictive to the locality).
· Sri Sathya Sai Nagar, rechristened after Sathya Saibaba of Puttaparthy, is the name given to the slums around the school, where doctors and medical personnel attend each Sunday for a general medical check-up and distribution of medicines, all for free.
· The school also houses about 10 destitute women, 15 old people, about 20 teenagers, and 45 children, on the whole being the house of people aged 3 to 85 years! The women help with cooking, washing, and maintaining the premises in general.
· Sri Sathya Sai Dhamam (accommodation for patients’ attendants at ESI Hospital, in the same premises), Sri Sathya Sai Orphanage, Sri Sathya Sai Sadan for Mentally Retarded Children (both at Jammikunta, Karimnagar dt.), Sri Sathya Sai Home for the Aged (Kondapur), Sri Sathya Sai Women’s Welfare Center (Jubilee Hills) are among the other services run by the Seva Sangh.
· Expenses go to Rs. 40,000/- per month in the building owned by the Sangh (thus discounting rent for the premises) apart from utility bills borne by volunteers. Rs. 15,000/- a month goes towards the groceries alone!
· Volunteer help and donation scene are sporadic, unfortunately.
· Right now, there’s a need for regular volunteers to cook, wash, and improve general knowledge and spoken English of the students at the school.
· More urgently and temporarily, the Seva Sangh needs volunteers who can teach particular subjects to B.Sc. (IT) students of III semester (distance education from Sikkim Manipal University). Students (nine in number) have their end-semester examinations starting from the 18th of this month, and they need tutelage for the following subjects: (i) Introduction WML Script (ii) WML-WAP (Wireless Markup Language-Wireless Application Protocol) (iii) Data Communication & Networking. They need tutors for C++
and Numerical Methods (IT-related) too, but my friend (Pradyumna) is helping them with these two subjects. If someone wishes to help, attached exclusively is a document containing the list of topics/syllabi for these subjects.