When two individuals put their hearts, minds and wallets behind a humanitarian impact. they do good directly to the receiver and at the same time become source of inspiration for others to follow. Philanthropic couple, Mr Rajan and Mrs Jamuna Rajan, hailing from Chennai are one such example who have been consistently put aside some part of their income for the welfare of those in need through various reputed organizations. They have now joined hands with AIM for Seva to support the construction of a new building within the existing premises of our Free School Hostel for Boys at Haripad, Kerela.
This particular hostel has seen a gradual increase in student enrollment and a new facility was needed to meet the growing demands each year. It can now house 40 more students. The new building was inauguarated in April 2017 by Shri. B. Swaminathan, Chairman of Karur Vyasa Bank. During this event, an in-house library was also set up with books and learning material graciously donated by donors.
After serving some private companies, Rajan joined UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) in 1963 and became a senior member of its staff responsible for working with developing countries in planning for the health and welfare of children and women. His wife, Jamuna, a trained interior decorator has been a consultant with the UNICEF and is also interested in painting and interior decoration. She has exhibited her paintings at the UN’s European Headquarters in Geneva. She has been actively involved in various voluntary works helping to provide basic needs to people.
The boys hail from distant villages including Pudur, Chittar, Bommipadi, Cheriyandu, Kottathara and are children of day labourers, farmers, coolies and were deprived of education either due to distance or lack of financial back up. The hostel has nurtured dynamic students like Sreehari Prabhakar, son of a driver from Bommipadi village and Rakesh Chandran from Kruvatta whose father is a wage earner have appeared for the 10th standard board examinations this year. Three boys Akshay Kumar, Raman, Lekshamanan are going to appear for their 12th examinations next year from this hostel.
Charity begins at home. For the couple it was their family background and how they have been brought up that encouraged them to think for others too. “We are both from large middle-class families with many siblings both older and younger. Sharing our books, toys got into our system quite naturally. Caring for other members in the family too was induced by our parents. Naturally we developed a heart that felt for others, especially children,” shares the couple.
“We settled in India after our retirement. We believe that children who need help for education should be helped by those who can. Our focus now is to help educate children, especially from poor families. What better way than to join hands with Aim for Seva.”
Talking about their experience with the children, the couple reiterates, “They are such wonderful children with great potential. We hope to continue our interaction with the children in Haripad and witness them mature into dynamic young men of future India.”
Education is the doorway to a wider and better world. Undoubtedly, this centre would be greatly beneficial for the holistic progress and development of the children. And with the support of such honourable donors, such growth is unstoppable!