Nesakkaram-SEEDS (Street Elfins Education and Development Society) is a child-care organization in Chennai. We are working for and with the street children for over eighteen years. We provide them food and shelter, opportunities to learn and grow, opportunities to dream and the means to achieve them.
Nesakkaram recognizes the fact that much of the problems which children face are dependent on their family and parents. Therefore we began to motivate the mothers and making them realise the need for their children's education and development. Thus we formed Women's Groups.
Encouraged by the positive effects of reaching out to people in distress, Nesakkaram began lending a helping hand to people who were affected by natural or manmade disasters like fire,flood and earthquake. One of such major activities was in 2004 when we adopted six coastal villages traumatized by tsunami.

Seeds of Growth

Little over two decades ago, Friar Jesu Irudayam, of good memories, while on one of his train journeys, witnessed a child sweeping and begging on the train. Something happened to him that day. Mysterious are the ways of the Lord! He was moved at the sight with compassion. He also found many children on streets, railway platforms, spending nights and their lives on the pavement, estranged from the safe havens of a home and having lost their childhood and exposed to high risk.

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General Rules and Guidelines for International Volunteers

We at Nesakkaram-SEEDS are thankful to all our international volunteers who come here from far away countries to express their support for Nesakkaram-SEEDS’s cause and to work to strengthen it further. We wish your stay at Nesakkaram-SEEDS to be both enjoyable and rewarding, and are sure that it will ever be a pleasant memory for you to remember in the years to come.

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Nesakkaram has created a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families. A few of these real life cases handled are discussed here. In addition to the categories listed here, Nesakkaram swung into action during the tsunami in December, 2004, thereby reaching out to over 9000 people.

Beneficiaries-Child Labour
Child Labour

Pallavi (name changed), is a 13 year old girl from Chennai. Her father, an agricultural labourer in a village, sent her to work in his landowner's house at Chennai.

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Beneficiaries-Street Child
Street Child

My name is Mala. I live with my parents and two brothers on the pavement. Though I am ten years old I have not been to school because we cannot afford it.

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Beneficiaries-School Dropout Child
School Dropout Child

My name is Jaya and I am nine years old. I belong to Adhi Andhra community. When I was six years old my parents died. I live in my...

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Revathi (name changed) is a 14 year old girl and a IV class school dropout found on the streets of Triplicane. She lived with her parents - her father is a daily wage earner.

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Beneficiaries-Whannels Road
Whannels Road

Egmore Whannels Road is one of our contact centres in Chennai. There are 48 families living on the pavement (platform) of this area and in miserable condition with no basic amenities of toilets.

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Beneficiaries-Laungs Garden
Laungs Garden

“Marikolundu” is a Women's SHG that was started under the guidance of Nesakkaram in the year 2002. This SHG is in a predominant slum area of Laungs Garden Road of Pudupet.

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The major initiatives taken by Nesakkaram can be broadly classified under the following heads.

SEEDS plans to create more facilities to train street children in new & innovative skills

Future Plans

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Some of the means by which you may want to contribute are listed below. Feel free to contact us for any further queries.

Please send your generous contributions to :

The Director,

Nesakkaram SEEDS,

No.11, First Cross Street, Lake Area,

Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600034.

Cheques to be drawn in favour of "Nesakkaram-SEEDS"

All donations to Nesakkaram-SEEDS are exempted under section 80 (G) of the IT Act

Some of the means by which you may want to contribute are listed below. Feel free to contact us for any further queries.



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