Welcome to Gandhibhavan. This is a place where you can find love, care and compassion among the 1200 beautiful souls with different needs living in this peaceful home. Our efforts have been recognized and appreciated by the late Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India on his visit to Gandhibhavan. To know more about what we do to help the less privileged and deprived or to help our cause, feel free to browse our website.
Gandhibhavan located on the banks of Kallada River in Kundyam, near Pathanapuram of Kollam District is a registered non-government organisation which is well designed, deeply devoted and dedicated to the destitute ranging from months old kids to the senior citizens. Read Full Story
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About Dr. Punalur Somarajan
Founder & Managing Trustee
Born on 30th May 1955 in a small village in Punalur, Kerala as the son of Shri. Chellappan and Sarada. He lost his mother in hischildhood. After the untimely demise of his mother, he starved for the love of a mother. In his early life , he has struggled a lot for his education and childhood needs. Dr Somarajan completed his education in the native village only. Came into public life through the balajanasakhyam, radio club and actively participated in art, literature and social works. Has been a regular columnist in periodicals, wrote poems and essays and wrote some radio plays and children’s literature ‘Jagadguru’, ‘Sreenarayanan’, ‘Mash’ etc in Malayalam. Worked as a teacher in parallel colleges.
His father was also a Samaritan. He used to see that his father bring the poor and the drifter to his home, bathed them, gave food, a pair of cloths and a square to sleep. When he grew up, he found the answer which nagged in his childhood. That answer morphed him into a more practical solution to the question. He strives to blot out the word ‘orphan’ from our social discourse. Finally, make a solution for the word “orphan” and decided to start an institution called Gandhibhavan on Nov 2002.
Gandhibhavan is taking care of more than 1200 destitute and abandoned inmates of different ages ranging from months old baby to a 106 years old great grandma. Out of which 300 are bedridden patients, most of them are severely ill, mentally ill, mentally retarded. They all have been provided accommodation, food, clothing and round the clock medical attention by dedicated team of doctors and nursing staff. There are more the 300 volunteers serving with us and all of them are being paid with an honorarium as means to warm the ovens at their home. Readmore...
At Gandhibhavan we have been blessed with the guidance and compassion of our mentor Padmashree Dr Yusuf Ali MA. An ever present force that inspires all of us, Dr Yusuf Ali MA has been at the forefront of all major initiatives taken up by Gandhibhavan. He has helped built several buildings and facilities for Gandhibhavan’s inmates. Recently he has contribute 10 crore rupees towards building a home for women and children. It is with his unflinching benevolence and guidance that we at Gandhibhavan are realizing our vision of caring for our residents and serving as a model of compassion for society. Know More
In every day more than 3 lakh is needed to overcome the day to day functioning of gandhibhavan which includes daily 3 meals, 2 snacks, medicines for morethan 1200 inmates, hospitalization charges, lab charges, medicines, cloths, electricity, ambulance services, water bills, washing materials, hygiene materials, bathroom utensils, diapers for bedridden patients (more than 300), daily wages for volunteers, other daily maintenance etc can also be included. Click here