ASB STUDENT OUTREACH
At Amrita, we share our Chancellor Amma's vision and drive to serve the needy. In the outreach program, we, the students, lend our helping hand to the people of the village of Ettimadai. The village dwellers are our neighbors and we believe that it is our duty to help them.
Outreach includes a lot of initiatives, but primarily we focus on an educational program wherein we teach the young kids in the village. We, their older brothers and sisters, try our best to ignite the fire of learning in the young minds of the village.
Most children in the village are economically backward and need all the support they can get. Every week we sit with them and teach them different subjects. The students learn team games and other activities such as painting and drawing.
For us, outreach is a most fulfilling program. It provides us the satisfaction of doing something positive with our time and at the same time, watching young minds blossom under our care. It is a feeling that cannot be explained in words, only experienced.
We realize that this small effort of ours may not be enough to single-handedly change the lives of these children. But we believe that the kids are like lamps that need to be lit. The spirit to rise above the surroundings may become their oil. We only try to light the lamp. May the resultant flame burn brighter and light up the lives of all.
Faculty and students of ASB lent their helping hand to the people of the village of Ettimadai through a village outreach program. Ettimadai being their neighbouring village, the school consider the upliftment of the villagers as its responsibility. This program includes a lot of initiatives, but primarily they focus on an educational program wherein they teach the young kids in the village. Through this program, they are trying their best to ignite the fire of learning in the young minds of the village.
Tsunami relief work in Nagapattinam by Mata Amritanandamayi Math
A team of ASB students, faculty and staff provided a wide array of voluntary services (construction of shelters, food/clothes distribution) at the tsunami-hit areas of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. A faculty team of ASB was temporarily stationed at Nagapattinam along with the COO of the Amrita University and ashram supporting staff to provide long term rehabilitation and counselling for the disaster affected. A group of ASB students and faculty were involved in voluntary construction work for Amrita Kuteeram's free housing project at Coimbatore.
Dr. P. Balasubramanian was instrumental in creating and coordinating an educational program for 1000 school children in the villages of Akkrapettai, Sampanthanpettai and Pudupettai, from January 2006 - March 2007. As part of the program teachers employed from local area and educated boys and girls were motivated to teach small children in the villages. Students in 10th standard and above were motivated to study and were trained to teach small children. Faculty was arranged to coach 10th and 12th standard students.
Dr. E. Meera coordinated distribution of relief material and food to those affected. Mr. T. Senthil Kumar of ASB office lived with the affected villagers for about nine months and took part in a variety of social activities.