Kurichy is a sleepy hamlet, south of Kottayam city in Kerala. The Theeram center in Kurichy is now awakening the villagers with its activities for children with developmental disabilities. Theeram at Kurichy hopes that the center would be a ‘shore’ for many children with developmental disabilities. We appreciate the support extended to us by the Kurichy Gramapanchayat and its leaders.
3. Alathur Theeram
Alathur, a village in Palakkad district, Kerala’s greenbelt, has become the home of India Center for Social Change’s third vocational training center. Alathur was one of the first villages where ICSC conducted its social survey. The center is housed in a traditional Kerala house in a picturesque location near a beautiful and popular Hindu temple. As in other Theeram centers, the Alathur center had already identified children with developmental disabilities. The Alathur Theeram center opened on February 24, 2005. At a well-attended function, the first 10 children who joined the center, inaugurated the new center by lighting the traditional lamp.
4. Kunnamthanam Theeram
Mr. Oommen Chandy, the former Chief Minister of Kerala, formally inaugurated ICSC's "Theeram" vocational training center at Puthuppally in Kerala on Saturday, June 25, 2005. Inaugurating the new center, Mr. Chandy praised the services and contributions of ICSC towards the upliftment of mentally challenged children, a much neglected section of the society. He expressed his happiness about ICSC extending its presence to Puthuppally, Mr. Chandy's own electoral constituency, and offered every help to the center from his government.
The Tsunami affected village of Alappad was identified by "Theeram" for the support work sponsored by the Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of USA. We helped the villagers overcome the mental trauma of the tragedy. Several camps were conducted to help the affected. "Theeram" participated in the cleaning works of Alappadu village, immediately after the tragedy occured. A Theeram centre for the mentally challenged was started and is functioning well with the whole hearted support of the villagers. Several other supports measures are also being taken up. For more details see: (Tsunami Project)
8. Kasargod Theeram
9. Karukachal Theeram
Theeram center at Kozhencherry is the newest and was inaugurated on 22 November 2007. Here the center is jointly organised by ICSC and the Rotary club of Kozhencherry. We are grateful to the Rotary Club for providing us with their facilities and a vehicle to pick the incumbants of the centre. We now have about 20 students at this center.