KERALA

Social service project launched

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM NOV. 9. The mega social service project, `Panchavadi', of the city-based Hindu Mahila Mandiram, was inaugurated at a colourful function here today.

The project, which is the second phase of the development activities of the mandiram was named `Panchavadi' by then noted lyricist, O.N.V .Kurup. The Mayor, J. Chandra, inaugurated the project by lighting the traditional lamp.

Speaking on the occasion, the Mayor stressed the need for setting up more such centres that could provide both shelter as well as a homely atmosphere to the destitute. Similarly, in this age when the age-old joint family system is fast disappearing, the need for providing care for the aged also has to be considered, she said.

Aswathi Tirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi , member of the royal family of the erstwhile Travancore, unveiled the board with the masterplan of the new project. The members of the MBS Youth choir rendered the song, `Panchavadi...' written by O.N.V. Kurup and tuned by the coordinator of the choir, Mathew Itty, as the board was unveiled.

The proposed project, `Panchavadi', a multipurpose social service complex would be completed within a year on the eight acre land owned by the Mahila Mandiram at Vaaliyara, near Aruvikkara. Five banyan trees would be named `Vatsalya', `Saanthwana', `Susiksha', `Pariraksha' and `Prashanthi' as an example of the five main mottos of the mandiram.

As many as 10 cottages would be constructed in the traditional Kerala style of architecture to provide shelter for children.

These would be named `Vatsalya'. `Santhwana', a home for the aged, would provide accommodation to the aged in as many as 11 cottages.

The educational needs of the students would be looked after by `Susiksha' where vocational training and other development activities for the inmates as well the locals would be provided.

The health-care unit would be named `Prasanthi' and the prayer-cum-community hall would be named `Prashanthi'.

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