India Sudar Tamil Nadu, Madurai Dist Visit report- Abode Home, Madurai

Dear IS members,

Greetings from Madurai!

I have visited the Abode Home in Madurai on Oct 21, 2011. Had good discussion with the Founder of the Trust- Shri.Iruthayaraj at the home located near Arapalayam Bus stand in Madurai.

My visit report is below.

VISIT TO ABODE HOME- A REPORT

By Narendran, Volunteer, India Sudar

Introduction to the Organisation

Abode Trust is founded in the year 1991 by Shri.Iruthayaraj in Madurai. The Trust initially focused on rehabilitation and relief works for prisoners in Madurai Jail. The support for the prisoners and their families includes legal counselling and aid, documentation for bail, motivation and counselling support for family members, employment skill training for women members in the family, etc.

Abode Trust has been one of the reputed organisations working for welfare of prisoners and their families in Madurai. They are known for their commitment and selfless services for the welfare of the prisoners.

In the year 1998, he started a home for the children of the prisoners with eight children that have now grown upto 65 children now who are mostly children of prisoners and sex workers, orphans/semi orphans, run away, street children, etc. the Trust is presently running with the support of local philanthropists and well-wishers.

Abode home for the children

The home is located near Arapalayam Bus Stand in Madurai city. The place (building) is given by a church in Madurai and it belongs to them. The Trust do not have to pay any rent but have to take care of maintenance such as water, EB and other monthly expenses.

At present 65 children are living in the home. The Trust provides the followings for these children

– Food

– Stay

– Education support (fees, books, notes and stationeries)

– Clothes and uniforms

All these children are studying in nearby Government and Government aided schools. There are presently 34 boys and 36 girls living in the home. The home is managed by Shri.Iruthayaraj with the support of two wardens who prepares food, take care of children and also support them for learning during evening time. Children studying from 4th STD to 12th STD are living in the home.

Present situation

– The building is too old and the Trust is planning to get own land and build new home for these children and also to accommodate more such children coming from remote villages in and around Madurai.

– The place is not so hygienic and children face lot of health issues

– Manpower shortage. No trained staff in the home

– No documentation of Trust activities so far

– There is no problem for food as most of the days, some or other donor bring food for these children

– No proper beds/pillows for these children

– No cupboards or shelves for keeping their belongings such as bags, plates, luggage, etc

– No big vessels or containers to store rice donated by people in the home

– Support for staff salary and admin expenses

Need/Requirements:

Urgent/immediate needs and requirements of the home are as below

· Salary/honorarium to two wardens presently taking care of children in the home

· Cupboard/Shelves to keep books, plates and belongings of the children staying in the home

· Support for stationeries like note books, pens, soaps, oil, etc

· Support for purchase of guides and books for children

· Support for fees to children in school- INR 10,000-INR 15,000 per year for all 65 children

· Mats and pillows for children to sleep

· Support for school bags and uninforms for next academic year (2012-2013)

Narendran.T

Volunteer, India Sudar

98948 35600

narendran31

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