Padmashree Smt. Savithri
Vishranthi - Home for
destitute Aged Women
Savithri Vaithi, chairperson of Monday Charity Club is the Pioneer in
rendering service to the Seniors in Tamil Nadu. She set up 'The
Vishranthi' Home for destitute Aged Women in 1975 supported by Help Age
The home is a haven of joy and care for the residents. Mrs. Vaithi's services have been lauded by T.N. Govt and she is a member of State Social Welfare Board.
The T.N. Govt. has offered to provide space in Govt and Chennai Corporation run schools for building homes for Seniors, who can support and manage the schools better.
Various schemes for supporting the projects are available.
Contact : 044-2499
Grandparents have got a New
Pressed for time, many children are now
outsourcing the care of their ageing parents to a new breed of
Companies. These professionals accompany elders to temples, ensure they
take their pills and do what their off springs often don't have time
for-chat. These visitors are elder-care specialists(ECS) from Epoch
Eldercare and few other organizations that go beyond Medicare and
domestic support to offer companionship to the elderly to make their
sunset years more fulfilling.
- India Home Healthcare is providing such
services to elders in Chennai and Bangalore.
- Epoch's services are available in the NCR,
- Maya Care provides errand-based assistance
helps with Bill Payments, grocery shopping or assistance to visit a
doctor to elders in cities.
Seniors, who live alone, also use these services –
to take them for a
walk, play chess or simply chat. They just need a friend to provide
emotional and physical support, to get quality time. And these services
are provided in their own homes, which gives them diginity and
self-respect. Truly, a great initiative and a boom for seniors and
their children as well.
WATER - PRECIOUS AND SCARCE
Dr. J. Krishnamoorthy, the late philosopher, had
talked about being sensitive not only to the fellow human beings but to
animals and environment.
How do you become a social entrepreneur and a
Dr. Sekar Raghavan, 65, by habit, abhorred Wastage of any Kind. Today,
he is responsible for changing mindsets towards Water. He has taught
rural and city folks in Tamil Nadu to adopt traditional methods of
Water Harvesting, to use eco-friendly toilets. reuse waste water and
conserve water on a daily basis. He is also responsible for
significantly raising ground water levels in Chennai, a mind blogging
feet for any fast growing metro.
"Groundwater is like a bank, says the eloquent
crusader". While exploitation ca be thought of as withdrawing
from the bank, rain water harvesting is like depositing money into the
Dr. Raghavan with a Ph. D in theoretical physics,
decided to stay put in Chennai and found his real vocation when he
joined the Socio-Economic Research Institute started by his University
While at the Institute he did research on traditional methods of Water
Management used in Chinglepet area comprising of 2000 Villages. The
British had meticulously chronicled details pertaining to water
management, agricultural techniques, harvests, fertile lands and
rainfall. By studying the fragile palm leaf manuscripts at the
University of Tanjore, he discovered that the agricultural produce in
Chinglepet in 1765 was 1.5 times more than it was today!
Traditional Water Harvesting methods took root in
Raghavan's mind. It was the beginning of a revolution. Owing to his
relentless efforts, TN Govt made rainwater harvesting mandatory across
the state in 2003. This hard fought victory was achieved after 8 Years
of sweat and tool, beginning in 1995 through door-to-door canvassing
sowing the seeds of the process. Soon School Children, the media and
even Govt agencies joined the cause. Amazingly, ground water levels in
Chennai went up by 20 Ft.
The Chennai experience culminated in the
establishment of the Akash Ganga Trust in 2002 with seed money from a
NRI Philanthropist. The trust opened the Rain Centre – a one-stop info
and support centre for rain harvesting. He then geared up to break
ground-ways to conserved Water used in sewage disposal in 2005. '10% of
sewage requires 90% of water to flush it', he explains. In 2006 he
introduced 'Eco-San' toilets which require no water for flushing in
Kovalam Village. The toilets conserve water and do not pollute ground
Eco-Sanitation has now been adopted in many places
around the world. “Water & Sanitation have to be looked at
holistically and not in isolation”, says Raghavan.
from 'Harmony' – The Seniors' Magazine.
Have I lived well?
Each one of us
should answer this question at the end of each day,
which is a gift from God.
The Torch of life is burning Now. What is
left is only ashes. Memories
from ashes of the past.
The purpose if Life is to be good and useful. Only goodness leads to
Godliness. An act of goodness is an act of happiness to us and to the
receiver. If you are good to yourself, you will be
good to the rest of the World.
Everyday signifies the consummation of our love affair with life. We
should be awed and excited having lived in the incredible Cosmos,
amidst hardships and miraculous vicissitudes of life.
us endeavour each day to enjoy this precious gift and bring joy to
Seniors – Get Online!
Silver surfers can boost their brain power by
surfing the internet.
Helps to trigger key centres in the brain and can reverse age-related
It is better than reading.