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HELPLESS TRIBALS OF SABARIMALA POONKAVANAM
Taking care of the Vanavasi brethren of Sabarimala Poonkavanam who are descendents of Sabarimatha is the duty of every Ayyappa devotee. Even though Sabarimala Temple is one of the prosperous among the leading Hindu Places of Worship world over, the Vanavasis of Poonkavanam live in pitiable conditions. Basic indicators of Human development like education, health care, sanitation, food, shelter etc are almost totally absent. Children are the maximum sufferers naturally. As per the available government sources and studies conducted by Sabari
Sharanasramam, around 400 tribal families with a population of 3650 reside in the Poonkavanam and adjacent hilly terrains. And efforts by vested interest groups are going on in full swing to alienate these poor innocent people from their traditional culture and religion. Funds are flowing in that direction. Evidently, these efforts seem to be a well organized act to undermine the
Sabarimala Temple itself. Sabari Sharanasramam is a registered public charitable trust headquartered at Koonamkara in an 18 acre plot. To propagate Ayyappa Dharma and provide basic comforts to the Ayyappas are the prime objectives. To enable this, proposed activities include establi-shment of Sabari Ashramam, Ayyappa Temple, Manikanda Gurukulam, Hospital,Ayyappa Museum,Gosala, Annadana Kendram, Organic Farming etc. At present our Annadana Kendram functions in a temporary structure. Active participation by Ayyappa Bhakthas is going to be the capital of this multi faceted project.
To take care of the tribal children of Poonkavanam by providing them with shelter, food, health care, education, entertainment etc. enabling them to become self-reliant and thereby strengthen their bonds with the society.
Salient Features And Objectives
1.To offer value based education
2. To train Vanavasi children of Poonkavanam in developing their skills and abilities to become self-reliant.
3. To create environmental awareness.
4. To teach them of modern small scale industries based on forest produce.
5. To create cultural and religious awareness among Vanavasis through the children of Manikanda Gurukulam