Swami Dayananda Saraswati, visionary, profound thinker, writer and an eminent scholar of Vedanta and Sanskrit, is the founder of AIM for Seva.
Seva (pronounced as in “sayvaa”) is a Sanskrit word which does not quite have a direct equivalent in English in its true sense. The nearest description is “selfless, deep, heart-felt service to an entity or noble cause without expecting anything in return except the welfare of the beneficiary”.
AIM for Seva’s programs are truly secular. It reaches out to all people in need irrespective of religion, community, or nationality.
Students and devotees of Swami Dayananda Saraswati committed to seva coordinate and administer AIM for Seva projects.
Main focus of AIM for Seva is education, particularly in tribal and rual areas. We also have healthcare projects wherever possible.
Building a school in each village requires large-scale economic and human resources.Further, it is very difficult to get qualified, trained teachers willing to work in tribal and rural areas. Therefore, the Free Student Hostels (FSH) program is a more viable option.
A cluster of 10-15 villages are first identified in a particular area. We visit the government school in that area, announce our intention to start a student home and explain the idea behind it. We invite applications from children who are in need of support.
Children from families below poverty line
Lack of access to schools
Coming from dysfunctional homes
We shortlist the most deserving students, based on the above criteria. Subsequently, we visit their homes to verify the information before we admit them.
We meet the parents of the children and explain the importance of education, the concept of a free student home and the philosophy of AIM for Seva and its founder.
Normally we admit children between the 8 and 12 years of age. They stay with us untill they complete 12th standard.
We prefer taking student from a lower grade so that they stay with us for at least 3-4 yrs. This gives us an opportunity to help them grow into responsible and honest citizens of India.
At the time of admitting the children, we make the parents sign the application form which implies their consent to keeping the child in our homes. This helps us avoid any legal implications for keeping their children under our care.
We have regional coordinators who administer two or more student homes in a particular area. Specially trained wardens manage the day to day running of the free student homes.
AIM for Seva is highly committed to educating a girl child. At present, among the 108 Free Student Hostels spread over 15 states, we have dedicated 10 exclusively for educating girls.
No. AIM for Seva student homes provides complete care, including clean living quarters, nutritious food, regular health check-up, school needs, clothes, extra coaching in academics, sports, yoga, and much more, all free of cost
We encourage parents to visit their children at specified intervals. Students go home to their parents for Deepavali and during summer vacation.
While it is desirable for children to stay with their parents, lack of access to school, lack of awareness of importance of education, and difficult or problematic family circumstances require the students to stay in a conducive atmosphere. A free student home provides the necessary environment.
Generally, a hostel means a place where children are given boarding and lodging facilities alone.
However, at the AIM for Seva student homes we not only take care of these two basic necessities, but also provide all that is required for a healthy upbringing of a child.
In our vision, for a holistic development, one needs to pay attention to the growth of a child in three main areas namely: giving emotional security, developing cognitive & intellectual skills, and finally, overall character building.
The programs at our Free Student Hostels are designed to take care of each of these aspects. The nurturing environment of our student homes ensures emotional well-being of children. Through private academic tuitions, computer and language classes, intellectual growth of the children is taken care of. Finally, classes on values and ethics focus on overall personality development for making these children responsible citizens of India.