Swami Vipulananda Children's Home
Kurukula Road, Alayadivembu Division, Akkaraipattu
History of Swami Vipulananda Children Home
The country underwent a civil war like situation based on the ethnic issue since the year 1983 in the North East regions until May 2009. The arms struggle reached its peak in 1990 in these areas and almost the entire village people fled to the jungles and forests to safe guard their lives as the war situation started its ferocity resulting in loss of lives, wounds extensively making people handicapped, looting of belongings, indiscriminate arrests and harassments by armed forces.
Only a handful of persons who were chieftains of the area were able to stay in the area, although they had to face many difficulties. They made representations to the government and tried their best to bring the situation under control and the people startled returning to their village. But the situation was tense and the people were helpless. Most of the families had lost either their bread-winner or one or more members of the family.
The main problem faced was the future of the children who had lost their parents, both or one of them. It is evident to all that when a war situation is experienced mainly the needy people suffer a lot as they earn only for their bread on a day to day basis. The people of the area are also of the same kind and most of them are ‘coolie' workers for farming, fishing or other odd jobs.
Considering the grave situation some of the village gentlemen met and discussed plans to do something for the people and the village. Mr. T. Kailayapillai, a kind hearted man proposed to establish an orphanage to take care of the orphaned and destitute children. Mr. N. Manivasagan,
Justice of the Peace extended his full support to Mr. Kailayapillai and a committee was formed with the inclusion of some other noble people. The task of implementing the programme was given to the Young Men's Hindu Association (YMHA) to which Mr. T. Kailayapillai was the President. It is a heart breaking decision that Mr. Kailayapillai had relinquished his job in the State sector to make fruitful of the decision.
The Orphanage was started on 29.04.1992 in a small building owned by the Rural Development Society with the view of running it until a permanent place is found as the situation compelled it. The name of the Orphanage was unanimously accepted as "Vipulananda Students' Orphanage" as an honour to Swami Vipulananda.
It is also appropriate to say that a co-institution was established, namely ‘Mahashakthi Foundation' simultaneously by Mr. Manivasagan, Justice of the Peace to act in conformity with the Orphanage to help people in other fields.
The Founder Members Mr. T. Kailayapillai and Mr. N. Manivasagan still work for the growth and betterment of the Orphanage. Most of the Pioneer Members are also in the field of activities and extend their heartfelt assistance as and when require, actively.
The objective at the time was to protect the younger generation from being mislead and become a headache to the community and the country. But the proceeds from the war torn area were a lot of children who dropped schooling and wandered in the streets and lanes like as nobody was there to care for them. The area, prior to the war situation was calm and people were leading a life of their religious accord. The well to do and educated people were helping the poor and feeble with nobility to make the area like a heaven. So, the above nobles of the village decided to form such an establishment to bring back the heaven land and to make the people to live in calm and harmony.
The prime objective was to bring up the helpless children who were orphaned, abandoned or destitute in all aspects, namely mentally and physically as the war situation caused serious effects on the sector of population. Almost every child has its own problem such as loss of self-confidence and became with retarded minds. Therefore it is not only a matter of bread and butter but also include many other human needs are to be taken in to consideration as these children are to form the society in the future.
The Orphanage was established in 1992 using a small building owned by the Rural Development Society of the village. Initially five children were admitted to the orphanage but the activities made for a rapid increase in the number of inmates and the administration suffocated for the congestion. Though a number of generous people help the orphanage in various ways a land was to be acquired for the erection of a building to facilitate the present and future accommodation of children. Dr. M. Thevarajan, who helps and supports the Orphanage at various times, discussed the matter with the authorities of Siddhi Vinayagar Temple, a Hindu Temple situated in the village owning lands and obtained a portion of land to lay the infrastructure according to the plan drawn by Mr. Velu Sanmuganathan, Civil Engineer.
When the administration decided to commence the work, Mr. Samiththamby, a retired teacher and Scholar in Hinduism came forward to finance the construction a well for drinking water but the size serves a lot and commenced the activities in the new land.
The work was commenced with the money collected from the donors and well wishers. In 1993 a hall was completed and it was then named as Prayer Hall. To complete this building