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Swami Vipulananta Children's Home Endowment

January - February - March 2005 Newsletter


In a small, backward village called Akkaraipattu, situated in the eastern coastal area of Sri Lanka, is an orphanage which now takes loving care of eighty Hindu children. The story of the home began in 1990 when the civil war forced people to flee from their homes and hide in the forests and jungles to save their lives. For one year they were forced, as one victim confided, "to live like animals and birds." When circumstances improved a bit they came back to the village. Many were in shock, as almost all families had lost one or more members. Even more heartbreaking was the future of so many parentless children. Seeing this plight, a few local gentlemen came forward, determined to use local resources to help. They had a Hindu Youth Council (Young Men's Hindu Association) from earlier times. Mr. T. Kailayapillai, President of the Council, first selected the most affected five children and arranged foster parents for them. He then suggested forming an orphanage to provide parentless children a hereditary Hindu lifestyle. He began erecting a building for the orphanage on a piece of land belonging to a Ganapati temple. People were very helpful.

The home was given the name Swami Vipulananda Students' Orphanage. Informally it is called Illam, meaning "home." As the number of children grew, they realized the need for a full-time caretaker. Mr. Kailayapillai gave up his job in the state sector and dedicated his life to the betterment of the home. He and others formed a board of directors and an administrative body. Several volunteers came forward to help. The home was registered with the Social Department of the government. The mission of the home is to look after youth in a respectful manner, to treat them no different from other people. The eighty resident children follow a Saivite Hindu lifestyle and enjoy purely vegetarian meals. They receive a general education, and vocational training programs have been started to help prepare students for a productive life.


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The board has sought financial assistance but received only a fraction of the need, because of the country's economic depression. Today they continue appealing for assistance to donor agencies, both local and foreign. In recent years they have passed many milestones in the running of the home, but the continual increase in the number of children makes it difficult to make ends meet. Recently, a group of Sri Lankan expatriates pooled resources to buy a farm tractor for the orphanage. The tractor is rented to local farmers and the income is used to support the home. Sivakanthan Sivanathapillai of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, approached HHE to help with this project. He donated $5,000, and $3,500 was given by HHE directly to the home to help buy the tractor. The remaining $1,500 was used to begin the Swami Vipulananta Children's Home Endowment, fund #57. The purpose of the endowment is to provide general support of the activities of the orphanage, including purchase of food and clothing, school supplies, building maintenance, new buildings and especially religious education and ceremony.

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July to September Endowment Contributions


Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Anonymous $1,032.00
Ishani Chowdhury 100.00
Rajendra Giri 30.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 209.15
Diksha Katir 215.04
Ushadevi Katir 83.00
Rakesh Sood 83.34
Niraj Thaker 17.00
Other Donations 53,119.40
Himalayan Academy 2,250.00
Total 57,138.93
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 102.00
Rita Balachander 500.00
Ishani Chowdhury 100.00
Diksha Katir 215.04
Ushadevi Katir 250.00
Natraj Narayanswami 16.66
S.V. Ravi Rahavendran 505.00
Garimella V S Rayudu 20.00
Nitya Sivam 50.00
Rakesh Sood 83.33
Niraj Thaker 17.00
Frank Van Waardenburg 200.00
Raja Vishnu 30.00
Total 2,089.03
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Anil Ananda Badhwar 746.34
Sivanathan Batumalai 65.36
Umaiyal Devasegayam Family 52.29
Isanah Kameni 39.45
Amooda Koothan 35.99
Egilen Koothan 28.23
Saravan Koothan 1.77
Usharani Kuppusamy 13.07
Thavamalar Lingam 38.96
Saroja Devi Manickam 2.50
Bhaveshan Moorghen 3.54
Shanda Kumaran Moorghen 3.54
Udeyadeva Moorghen 3.54
Umah Rani Palanisamy 159.47
Suselah Periasamy 315.48
Kirtideva Peruman 1.05
Niroshnee Peruman 3.15
Kasturi Raman 11.27
P. Raman 112.67
Shamala Raman 11.27
Sathialingeswari 40.27
Patudeva Sivaceyon 10.54
Hemavalli Sivalingam 1.58
Kantha Ruben Sivalingam 1.58
Rohini Sivalingam 1.58
Dasa Sivam 72.00
Javanya Skanda 3.00
Gunavintran Tirumalai 65.36
Priyatarshini Tirumalai 13.07
Swapna Varadarajulu 10.00
Total 1,867.92
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
India Cultural Center and Temple 800.00
Anil Ananda Badhwar 95.10
Sanjay Bajekal 240.00
Surinder M. Bhardwaj 100.00
Sivarama Dandamudi 240.00
Ravindra Doorgiat 95.29
Rajul & Heidi Gandhi 111.99
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Kriya Haran 164.00
Ushadevi Katir 110.00
Amravadee Kownden 35.34
Thavamalar Lingam 38.88
Rushikesh H. Mehta 99.00
Umah Rani Palanisamy 159.42
Adi Sankara Perumal 56.00
Anjeeni Devi Perumal 28.00
Sujata Sachdeva 1,000.00
Vatsala Sastry 168.00
Linda Seeley 75.00
Jiva Shanmuga 102.00
Vinaya Sharma 80.00
Chandra Shekharan 70.00
Loganatha Shivam 200.00
Palaka Shivam 400.00
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 10.54
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 10.54
Dasa Sivam 142.00
Lavanadevi Sivam 102.00
Potriyan Sivanathan 9.51
Girish Skanda 10.96
Subasene Skanda 10.00
Ganesammal Supiah 447.65
Nagaraj Tanguturu 240.00
K. S. Thamilarasi 392.35
Total 5,858.57
Hindu Businessmenís Association Trust
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 24.67
Vel Mahalingum 25.66
Manogaran Mardemootoo 54.52
Vishwanaden Moorooven 35.33
Easvan Param 22.41
Vedapragassen Peruman 23.89
Total 186.48
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Bala Sivaceyon 52.77
Total 67.77
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Anonymous 25.50
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Ushadevi Katir 83.00
Gowri Nadason 90.09
Indra & Sabapathy Sivayoham 647.11
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Matthew Wieczork 25.00
Total 939.70
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Natraj Narayanswami 12.50
Total 12.50
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Anonymous 50.00
Total 50.00
Malaysian Hindu Youth Education Trust
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Total 100.00
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Anonymous 50.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Total 125.00
Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Devasthanam Trust
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Total 100.00
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Garimella V S Rayudu 20.00
Total 20.00
Vishwamata Gayatri Trust Fund
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 2.00
Total 2.00
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Ajit S. Adhopia 172.04
Anil Ananda Badhwar 100.00
Lila Shakti Devi 75.00
Rajendra Giri 30.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 209.16
Christian Langers 150.00
Natraj Narayanswami 46.66
Garimella V. S. Rayudu 20.00
Alex Ruberto 30.00
Aran Sendan 51.00
Rakesh Sood 83.33
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Matthew Wieczork 147.00
Total 1,144.19
Hindu Education Endowment
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Hasu N. & Hansa H. Patel 250.00
Total 350.00
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Narayan Parawati 10.00
Total 125.00
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Christian Langers 150.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Gassa Patten 1,194.00
Total 1,434.00
Swami Agnivesh Endowment Fund
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 2.00
Total 17.00
Saiva Agamas Trust
Matthew Wieczork 82.00
Total 82.00
Spiritual Park of Mauritius Endowment
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Total 100.00
Positive Discipline Endowment
Natraj Narayanswami 16.67
Total 16.67
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Anonymous 50.00
Total 50.00
Hindu Heritage Endowment Administrative Fund
Ushadevi Katir 250.00
Total 250.00
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
Total 153.00
Murugan Temple Pillaiayar Shrine Fund
Pathmini Saravanapavan 50.00
Total 50.00
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Anonymous 251.00
Stephanie Devi Corgatelli 265.57
Amarnath Devarmanai 324.00
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Rajkumar Manickam 51.00
Sadhunathan Nadesan 1,008.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 230.00
Alex Ruberto 30.00
Pathmini Saravanapavan 25.00
Jeremiah Umakanthan 25.00
Vayudeva Varadan 57.00
Raja Vishnu 45.00
Total 2,476.57
Mathavasi Travel Fund
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Total 15.00
Udayan Care Endowment Fund
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Christian Langers 150.00
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 2.00
Natraj Narayanswami 16.67
Richard Stocker 11.00
Total 194.67
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Alex Ruberto 30.00
Total 45.00
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Total 100.00
Murugan Temple Yalpanam Festival Fund
Pathmini Saravanapavan 25.00
Total 25.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 42.23
Total 42.23
Kerala Temple Trust
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Natraj Narayanswami 31.67
Total 131.67
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Sharmila Kesavalu 21.00
Shankar & Sri Mallampalli 1,500.00
Jayanthi Vasudevan Naiker 300.00
Natraj Narayanswami 48.34
Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 50.00
Garimella V.S. Rayudu 440.00
Total 2,359.34
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 2.00
Total 117.00
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Anonymous 76.50
Rajendra Giri 15.00
Vijay, Daksha & Neil Mithal 2.00
Natraj Narayanswami 60.83
Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 50.00
Niraj Thaker 17.00
Total 221.33
Karnataka Temple Development Fund
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Total 100.00
Hindu Literature Fund
K. L. Reddy 51.00
Gauri K. Bhardwaj 100.00
Thomas F. Fellowes 1,000.00
Dr. Saraswathy 25.00
Jutikadevi Sivaraja 216.00
Matthew Wieczork 20.00
Himalayan Academy 5,000.00
Total 6,412.00
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
Hiranya & Saraswathi Gowda 51.00
Himalayan Academy 5,000.00
Total 5,051.00
Pooled Income Fund Trust (PIF)
Gowri Nadason 30.00
Satya Palani 100.00
Total 130.00
Total Contributions $79,750.57
Funds at Market Value, September 30, 2004
Total Endowment Funds $5,544,479.68
Total Pooled Income Funds $197,367.84
Grand Total $5,741,847.52

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