STREE SEVA MANDIR
Started on the 2nd October 1949, Stree Seva Mandir(SSM) has completed 60 years of hard and dedicated work for the cause of the orphan, the destitute, the economically poor and the socially backward women and children. The organisation has no political, communal, religious, linguistic or territorial affiliations. Instituted by a few socially responsible, serious and sincere individuals to impart education and job oriented training to girls and women, the institution developed a variety of services to promote Entrepreneurship and to add to National productivity. The institution started in Chennai city has grown and spread to the extended areas, suburbs and the villages of the neighbouring Chengalpattu Kanchipuram district. The steady growth of the Stree Seva Mandir could not have been possible but for several helping hands with apt and timely help of funds, advice and resources. All programmes now implemented by the Mandir relate to the welfare and development of women and children. They conform to the six constitutional aims of
3. Vocational training
5. Community Welfare
6. Rural Development Programmes
are so designed that they cater to the requirements of women and children of all age groups, all educational backgrounds, aptitudes, capabilities and languages, with the difference being that the poor get completely free services and those who can afford, pay a part or the full charges. Services consist of hostels, homes for the aged, day care centers, schools, vocational, technical and engineering courses, arts and crafts, programmes - non formal and continuing education, on the job training, employment, medical attention cultural and recreational activities. The rural areas also see implementation of mini farming, social forestry, rural, cottage and small scale industries. The institution has some very special features that set it apart. We adopt a policy of great flexibility in all aspects of admission, help, training and rehabilitation of individuals in need. Awards and citations have been a plenty for services rendered to the society.