Sevalaya is a registered Charitable Trust established in 1988 with activities centered in and round the remote Kasuva village near Tiruninravur in Tiruvallur District, North West of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India. The organization is professionally managed and is governed by a Board of Trustees drawn from industry with a deep commitment to social development. Sevalaya draws its inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and the patriotic Poet Mahakavi Subramania Bharathiyar and their philosophies.
Sevalaya’s Vision is based on Swami Vivekanada’s belief that by helping others we are in fact serving ourselves and the giver is also blessed.
We currently serve 33 villages in and around Kasuva Village about 50 Kilometers from Chennai.All our services are rendered absolutely free of any charges, without any discrimination based on caste, creed, religion or gender.
Sevalaya has been accredited by Credibility Alliance at the highest level "Desirable level" after assessing us for redibility,accountability, and transperancy.
Swami Vivekananda referred to the poor man as "Dharidranarayana". For service rendered to the poor and destitute is like the prayers offered to god. Bharathiyar also says that he who can't bear the sufferings of others is a "Punniya Murthy" or blessed soul. As all our service activities are meant for the poor and destitute, we have decided on "Sevalaya" which means "Temple of Service".
The vision of Sevalaya is to serve the rural poor and transform them for an equitable, happy and fulfilled society with an improved quality of life.
Sevalaya’s mission is to offer required quality inputs free.
Providing high quality education, life skills and character building for rural children to prepare them for productive, healthy and happy lives.
Caring for the aged and ensuring their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being.
Providing capacity enhancement initiatives for the rural poor for self-sustaining livelihoods and lifestyles.
- Service and sharing
- Equality of all humans
- Indian, yet international
- Courage of conviction
- Fair means
Our symbol shows a plant being watered. Who is watering the plant does not matter. Any seed sown in the soil needs watering and a conducive environment to grow. On the other hand, the potential of the tree is already hidden inside the seed, and is released when it is nurtured to grow. Swami Vivekananda believed that education should bring out the divinity already in man. Such an education is a nurturing and character building education. However, he also believed that we cannot teach even an ant. Therefore, at Sevalaya we believe that we are only providing a conducive atmosphere for the children to grow, so that the potential hidden inside the seed, will be released as they grow.
"Love all serve all" is our slogan. For we have to serve whoever is in need,irrespective of caste, religion or country he or she belongs to. The service should also be done with love, remembering that we should thank the person we serve for giving us the opportunity to do so.
On the Envelope
Our envelopes carry Swami Vivekananda belief that: "The first of everything goes to the poor; we have a right only to what remains". We often hear 'Charity begins at home' and 'whatever is left over after we satisfy our needs can be used for charity. But Swami Vivekananda says that first give to charity and only what is left can be used for self. We believe in this noble concept.
The Visiting Card
Our visiting cards carry the pictures of Gandhiji, Mahakavi Bharathi and Swami Vivekananda to ensure that the card not only serves as a visiting card but also carries their timeless message on service.
Our children sing "Achamillai Achamillai" (no fear no fear), a song composed by Bharathi in all our functions. The Bhagavad Gita says that fearlessness is one of the virtues one should possess. We sing "Achamillai" as our invocation song to emphasise this in the lives of the children we nurture.
Three Cardinal Principles
Welcoming all: As you enter the Sevalaya campus, you will notice that on the gate is painted: 'Please shed all your preferences /prejudices, if any, based on caste, creed, colour, religion, language, sex, nationality etc. before entering'. This is one of our basic principles: We welcome all, whoever needs our service, or whoever wants to serve, irrespective of whatever 'group' they may belong to.
Free services: All our services are rendered free of cost. We will not collect any fee from anyone we serve. Our schools are free: including uniforms, books, notebooks and whatever else may be required are free for all the children studying in our schools. Even picking them up and dropping them home is arranged free for small children coming from the surrounding areas. Our medical center and library are free for the use of the people from the village. The old age home is also free and the residents need not pay for anything they receive. We do this because we are serving that section of Society who cannot afford to pay for anything.
Continuous training: We continuously train our staff to treat our children and senior citizens with love and affection. Any type of physical punishment is banned in our schools. Serving these children and the senior citizens with love and care is the very purpose of Sevalaya.