Each year a select number of girls are taken into the organization and provided free education, accommodation and other basic amenities to enable them to lead a dignified life. We use the following criteria for selection:
- Orphan or semi-orphan girl, coming from an economically needy family
- The girl should have the perseverance to improve
Each girl’s socio-economic and educational background is carefully scrutinized before admission is done. According to their aptitude and capability, the girls are enrolled in different courses such as engineering, medicine, commerce, and vocational courses. These girls are provided free accommodation, food, college fee, bus passes, hostel expenses, stationery, and books. For deserving students, coaching for competitive exams like EAMCET is also provided. CSS started with strength of 6 girls which has now grown to 70 girls studying in various disciplines.
All the expenditure of the residential girls for food, clothing, shelter, education, medical and incidentals are met by CSS. Girls who are good in academics are encouraged to reach their potential but those who are not academically inclined are not discouraged from getting admitted into CSS. Our doors are always open to an orphan girl irrespective of academic achievements. CSS strongly feels that every child has unique abilities and when properly trained in various vocational courses they too will be able to lead a dignified life and make a success of their chosen career.
Girls at Centre for Social Service found a benevolent sister in Ms Shobha Tummala, BE (Michigan State University), MBA (Harvard Business School), founder and CEO of ‘Shobha’, Michigan, USA.
She has fused her Indian heritage and her goal of natural beauty into her wholesome brand ‘Shobha’. She envisions superior quality not only for services and products for her clients. May be it is this vision and compassion that motivated her to improve the quality of young lives in India also. She came forward with a donation to reimburse a part of the expenditure for the construction of the CSS residential home. A plaque has been inscribed and fixed in the building to honor Ms Shobha and her grandparents In recognition of her support to CSS.
Click here to view the list of girls currently residing here.
It has been a cherished dream of CSS to impart education to economically and socially deprived girls right from primary level. This would have remained a dream but for the help of Nimmagadda Foundation which has come forward to sponsor the construction of the school building.
Nimmagadda foundation is a philanthropic initiative of Mr. Nimmagadda Prasad. It was set up to work in areas like healthcare, education, life skills improvement and community development. Philanthropy and entrepreneurial spirit go hand in hand with its founder. A standing example is CSS-NAM Girls School.
The Bhoomi Pooja for the school was done by Sri Nimmagadda Vijaya Saradhi and his wife Smt Nimmagadda Satyavati and Nimmagadda Swathi and family members. Honoring their contribution the girl’s school is named after his mother Smt Nimmagadda Anandamma. Nimmagadda Anandamma Memorial GIRLS SCHOOL was officially started on 18th July, 2009.
CSS has no funds from Government. All the requirements of the students like uniforms, stationary, text books etc are provided by individual and group sponsorers.
Click here to view the list of sponsors for the academic year 2011.
Dr. Lakshmi Ganga Swayam Sakthi Project for women in socially and economically challenged situations
On January 26th 2010, the 60th Republic day of our country, Centre for Social Service started its third project. Dr. Ganga C Choudary, a benevolent donor, wanted to utilize his retirement benefits for a good cause. His wife Dr. Lakshmi Ganga motivated him to help unfortunate women in need, especially in a country like India where socio-economic norms dictate the life and fate of many unfortunate women. And so, they came forward to support Swayam Sakthi, the third project started by CSS. Dr. Ganga Choudary acquired a small property along with a house and donated it to start this project.
The main aim of the project is to help women in crisis situations. The project counsels them and makes them emotionally strong to face life with renewed hope. They are assisted in the process of rediscovering themselves and acquiring new vocational skills which will make them economically independent. If need be, the house serves as a place where they can recoup from their stressful situation, take stock of their situation and try to make a fresh start for themselves as also for those depending on them. As they progress towards self-reliance or ‘Swayam Sakthi’, they are encouraged to go back and lead their life normally and independently.
CSS has recently started a small community project. It is a day-care programme for elderly women (DEW) at Vetapalem, in Andhra Pradesh. This draught hit village has families which struggle to make ends meet. In the process, elderly women who no longer contribute to the family are neglected. These women come to the CSS shelter, cook their lunch with the provisions provided by CSS, spend the day in a peaceful and clean environment and go back to their homes in the evening. (CSS is running this programme with sponsorship from Vasudha Foundation).
In addition to the above projects CSS also runs two supplementary programmes.
To meet the needs of the residential girls as well as that of NAM Girls School children CSS started collecting used clothes. Girls who were leaving the country to study or work abroad started donating their unused/barely used clothes. People also send their children’s expensive clothes that the children have outgrown. After seeing the tremendous response to this programme it was decided to start a “Clothes Bank” where donated clothes can be sorted and stored. CSS distributed men’s clothing and clothes that were over and above their need to children in NAM Girls School, their families and to slum dwellers that were in desperate need. A separate room for this purpose was built at Shobha’s Home.
Sri M.M.M K Gandhigaru, in the memory of his wife late Smt. Kodali Kasturibai, helped CSS in starting the Children’s Library. With their initial donation CSS acquired books and other material from various sources. The library houses a collection of books from various sources. It has fiction/nonfiction/children’s literature and a whole collection of useful academic material. CSS is also planning to expand the collection to house useful material that will support the school’s curriculum and also its extra curricular activities. CSS wants to develop the library into a full-fledged treasure house of knowledge catering to all the needs of its various projects and beneficiaries. CSS aims to extend it beyond the physical walls of the building by providing internet access. CSS also plans to appoint a librarian to navigate and analyze the available resources using digital tools. CSS is also planning to expand the collection to house useful material that will support the school’s curriculum. CSS wants to develop the library into a full-fledged treasure house of knowledge catering to all the needs of CSS.