Grama Seva at Thombarambedu Village

Summary

With the immense grace and blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Saibaba, Thombarambedu, a small village was identified as part of the GRAMA SEVA. This village is situated 70 KMs from Madras at the back of Zero point of Sri Sathya Sai Ganga water canal .The Sathya Sai Seva Organization conducted a medical camp on 19th August 2001 .A group of 50 sai youths turned up for seva that day. We took up the responsibility of conducting a blood grouping camp. As the camp was being conducted, the village head took some of us around the village highlighting the various needs which were unattended for a long time.

  WHY THIS VILLAGE ? 

  • The school had no electrical facilities.

  • The village temple had no water supply.

  • There was no public toilet in the village.

  • There was no drinking water near the village bus stand and in remote parts of the village.

  • There were no proper roads and street lights to a group of backward community people residing in the remotest area of the village.

  •  Many villagers suffered from eye defects and needed treatment.

This stirred us to take up that village and provide the infrastructure it needed. During the course of the camp, the youth immediately sprung into action. We rushed to the nearby local town and purchased poles and electrical fittings and started installing street lights that very day. This was completed late in the evening and the whole area was lighted within a span of few hours!

As a follow up measure, all the youths, a few weeks later, visited the village and provided electrical facilities to the village school and subsequently provided the village temple with water tanks and laid pipes ensuring good water supply.

After a few months another eye camp was conducted and 21 patients were screened for cataract operation . We arranged the patients to be operated at madras. With the grace of Bhagawan normal vision was restored and 40 others were given spectacles at their door steps

The village youth seeing the dedicated work of the Sai youth got inspired to start their own youth wing, for upliftment of the village. They gave up bad habits and started concentrating on their careers .This gave a good name to them in the village. A few weeks later both Sai youth and village youth boys worked together and started laying roads where the need was. On both sides of the road tree saplings were planted.

The village boys requested for a play ground. At the far end of the village a raised land full of thick vegetation and thorny bushes was the only place for the proposed play ground. The Sai youth organized JCV machines and tractors to clear the vegetation and dumped loads of sand and leveled the place to make a wonderful play ground. This is the only play ground in the entire oothukotai district which consists of 25 villages.

 We celebrated swamis birthday in the year 2002 in that village and the inauguration of the play ground fell on that auspicious day. The whole village had a festive look with the singing of bhajans, Vastradanam and Narayana seva.

 Swami in the book on grama seva has very clearly stated the need of having public toilets in all villages, ensuring health and hygiene. A public toilet and a water tank for drinking purpose were constructed at the same time. We, the Sai youth ourselves labored to dig the septic tank and the foundation for the water tank. On the day of the inauguration, the village youths decorated the whole village with enthusiasm with the grand opening ceremony. After which, palki seva was done and Swamis photograph was taken around the village with the youths singing bhajans. Every villager waited at their door steps with deep gratitude and love and performed aarthi to swami.

 The impact of the development work with swamis grace has made the nearby villages to start their own youth wing with the support of the Sai youth. Thus, Bhagawan message of love and seva has started spreading in remote areas with the dedicated efforts of Sai youths. The original name of Thombarambedu village is now overlooked and the villagers in that entire district call this as

                                               . SAI BABA VILLAGE


 

 


Eye Screening

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The bushes which were made.....

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into.........

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a beautiful ground for playing

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The Champion

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The Winning Team

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Distribution of SAI PRASADAM

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SAI PRASADAM LUNCH

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Keeping the little sais busy

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Tree Plantation

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A Nice water tank for the people

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These bushes were cleared for constructing a...

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a public toilet

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Laying mud roads

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A fully completed road work

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THE TEAM - "Always in sai seva "

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