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The students of Class XI and XII had a ‘noble’ opportunity to visit a Home for the old and elderly - 'Kaakkum Karangal' situated in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, on 28.08.2018.

The objective of this visit was to sensitize students to the difficulties and problems of homeless, aged people and to become aware of the joy of serving and being with the elderly. Another main objective was to provide them companionship and emotional support.

The visit was a life turning experience as it was filled with emotions and sentiments. The Old Age Home houses 41 elderly residents who are all above 50 years of age. Both men and women are cared for in this Home by a benevolent soul.

The otherwise morbid atmosphere was enlivened by our presence. On behalf of the School, students donated groceries, clothes and other basic supplies. The empathetic DAVites stopped by almost every bed to enquire about the resident and strike a conversation. It was surprising that  all of them had stories about his/her childhood, school days, and even politics and generation gap to talk about.

A short entertainment programme of dance and devotional songs brought smiles to their faces. They enjoyed our company very much. It turned out to be a new experience for the students as well as for the inmates.

The message driven home was that elderly people  need someone who can spare their time and affection not their precious gifts or money. All they ever needed was a compassionate soul and a holding hand.

With the day's events we learnt the basic Principles of Humanity and the unconditional love that we need to share with the less privileged.

The visit to the old age home was a fulfilling experience for us as we came back home with not only memories but also with some valuable lessons about basic Principles of  Humanity.


             'Granny' teaches a game of the 40's and 50's                                    Student volunteers spend time with the elderly


        The elderly sharing personal stories with the volunteers                                Sharing warm words of care and concern


      Volunteers  perform a Song to entertain the elders                       Basic supplies donated to Shri Gnanam,  the trustee of the Home