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Coimbatore

Reaching out to the homeless and orphaned

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Around 300 people who have lost their way home have been sent back to their homes. Final rites of about 150 dead have been performed. Food and medical expenses of nearly 600 inmates of the Corporation Home for abandoned persons located in R.S. Puram continue to be sponsored for. As many as 20 orphaned children are provided shelter, and their educational and medical expenses are taken care of. This, in a nut shell is the report card of Eera Nenjam Trust, founded by C. Mahendiran in 2012.

“The plight of the homeless on the streets and children who are orphaned made me sad. I have always wanted to do something for them. I founded the Eera Nenjam Trust and through this we provide mental, physical and emotional security to the aged, mentally ill and orphaned children.” Mahendiran says.

Their home for orphaned children is located near Karamadai and it houses 20 girls and boys who are between five and 12 years of age. They are enrolled in schools that are run by the Government and their medical and educational expenses are taken care of by the Trust. The inmates of the Corporation Home for abandoned persons in R.S. Puram live a peaceful life, thanks to the support they receive from Eera Nenjam Trust.

One of the recent activities of this Trust that is gaining momentum is its initiative to educate school children on bursting crackers safely. “We have joined hands with Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services. We visit Government schools and educate children on the do’s and don’ts while bursting crackers. The members of the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services team also perform a mock drill that educates children what to do in case of a fire emergency while bursting crackers,” Mahendiran says. The team of volunteers from this Trust also educates school children on first aid tips.

At present, the Trust has about seven helpers and many volunteers. Mahendiran funds Eera Nenjam Trust through his family business of manufacturing and selling parts that are used to manufacture pumps. The Trust is open to donations in cash and kind. Those who are interested in making their contributions can contact Mahendiran at 90801-31500.

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