Uthishta Seva Puraskar 2012

In 2012 Uthishta bestowed “Uthishta Seva Puraskar” to Agasthyar Bala Samskara Kendra fraternity. The award is being conferred in lieu of the selfless services done by team members towards the development of Kani tribal, in the field of education.

Taking into account the services rendered selflessly by the stalwarts of Agasthyar Bala Samskara Kendra, an amount of Rs 100,001 and a citation was conferred on them as Uthishta Seva Puraskar in Feb 2012 by Sri. Rahul Dravid, cricket icon and former skipper of Indian Team.

Agasthyar Bala Samskara Kendrais an initiative undertaken by Sewa Bharati for the education of children and empowering of tribal folks namedKani. These tribals dwell in the Kuttichal Panchayat of Trivandrum District, Kerala. Tucked away from regular settlement, the tribal folks are cut off from all amenities offered by city life. There is a total umber of 11 settlements, where members resort mainly to cultivation for a livelihood.

Agasthyar Bala Samskara Kendra, Poothode is one of the initial ventures for these folks. Begun in 1984, the pillar and driving force behind the school were Rajamma, Shoba and Ramalakshmi. The school is being run in cozy and compact cabin like segments made out of bamboo. Education is imparted to over a 100 children, who have been gauged as quick learners.

4 teachers, who render pure voluntary service, stay there and take care of these children as their own family. Children are groomed well here till Standard 4. They are given uniforms, books and other study materials free of cost. They are also provided free lunch in the afternoon. Students are imparted knowledge on India’s cultural milieu as well. Indian festivals like Onam, Shiva Ratri, Sree Krishna Jayanthi etc and days of national significance like Independance Day, republic Day are celebrated and observed with apt explanations provided, about their significance.

As they pass Standard 4, Sewa Bharati has made provisions for children to continue their studies at Vellanadu Mitra Niketan. Girls who wish to further their studies are housed at Agasthiya Kuteeram Balika Sadanam. A new school Sreekrishna Balasamskara Kendram has also become functional from 1998