ATMA Gurukulam is a Home for girls in need of care and protection – underprivileged girls who have no safe home, no supporting parents, who are from families in conflict, who have no means for education, etc. Functioning in leased premises at Puranattukara, 5 kms from Thrissur town, the ATMA Gurukulam is currently home to 20 girls, aged 9 to 22. ATMA Gurukulam is registered under the Juvenile Justice Act, Govt of India and the Orphanage Control Board, Kerala.
The ATMA Commitment
ATMA Gurukulam focuses on the education and overall development of the girls. The vision is to enable them to transform into responsible and responsive citizens of the society, and leaders in their chosen fields.
At ATMA Gurukulam, the children are given much more than food and shelter. They are given the love, care and security of a real home, where they can be safe and happy. There are two resident caretakers and a resident child welfare officer, who take care of the food, accommodation and safety needs of the children. Other trained ATMA volunteers visit regularly and stay with the children to provide educational, counselling or mentoring support.
The children attend Sree Sarada Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Puranatuukara, till 12th standard, and then move on to pursue degree courses of their choice in reputed colleges. Apart from regular education, all children are given:
- Extra academic support & remedial tutoring by experts
- Special coaching for English &Maths
- Regular training in arts by expert artistes
- Yoga training & practice
- Opportunities to participate in sports
- Digital & Financial empowerment training
- Leadership workshops & value education
- Mentoring support by trained ATMA volunteers & professionals
- Group and individual counselling sessions
Most of the children are undernourished when they come, and in poor health. A well-balanced diet, regular yoga practice and daily games sessions are part of the ATMA Gurukulam routine, which helps them to regain and maintain their physical health. Regular health check -ups are also done and required treatments provided under the consultation of expert doctors.
The children often come to us after going through troubled and traumatic periods in their life. They need special care, emotional stability and psychological support. This is provided through expert counselling and therapy facilitated at ATMA Gurukulam.
The children are responding well to our care, and bringing home accolades and achievements in academics, arts and sports. They are also well appreciated by teachers and peers for their leadership qualities and readiness to help others.
One child did us proud by securing an A+ grade in all subjects in her 10th standard board exams in 2018 – she was the only child from a child care institution to achieve this feat. Our children also excel in sports. Many of them have won medals at the district level for individual and team events. One of our senior girls was the individual champion in her school for 4 years successively. In performing arts, four of our children have received Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi scholarships for studying dance and music. One child has consistently won the first place in the district level craft competition for two years in a row.
The achievement of every child is an inspiration to the younger children to follow in their footsteps and create success stories of their own. The senior girls also support and mentor the younger ones.
The joy of service
ATMA Foundation has a team of committed volunteers who devote their time, resources and expertise to support the children of ATMA Gurukulam. Together, we strive to empower the children to succeed in life, to dream big, achieve those dreams, and contribute back to the society when they can.