AMS Ashraya, Chennai
Chairperson: Dr Veena B Swamy
Secretary: Smt Rekha Prabhakar
Ashraya is a
non-profit voluntary institution, functioning as a unit of Andhra Mahila
Sabha in Chennai since 1986. The basic object of Aashraya is to after
timely and constructive help to women in distress by providing them with
total care, shelter and opportunity to equip themselves to earn their
living with honour and dignity.
shelter to both single and married women and women with children. Every
effort is made to counsel them, make them self reliant and then
reintegrate them into society.
grew up in the Balamandir orphanage from the age of three months. On
completion of Std. X her mother wanted her to start working, but she
wanted to study further. She was referred to Aashraya. We helped her
to take up Nurse aid training in the Andhra Mahila Sabha School of
Nursing. She is now a resident nurse-aid in the Cancer Hospital, Adyar,
two year old Sailakshmi, a graduate married a man of her choice.
However, subsequent friction in a joint family and the alcoholism of
her husband made her seek admission in Aashraya. We found her a job as
Warden in Voluntary Health Services, Chennai and enrolled her children
in a boarding school.
Arasi 35 years was educated upto 8th standard. She is the
mother of 3 children and was admitted to Aashraya with complaints of
domestic violence and a suicide attempt. Her husband threw her out
Her parents refused any help. Aashraya helped her by giving
counseling. She was then referred to a psychiatrist. She improved
significantly and was able to work in a factory. Later her husband was
called for counseling and with repeated sessions of the same both the
husband and wife were reunited as a family
to us from Neyveli. She was married to her cousin, who was an
alcoholic and jobless. The frequent fights at home drove her to her
parental home. However Usha realized that her parents could not
support her permanently. She came to Aashraya and was sent to Red
Cross Society to pursue Nurse aid course. She stood first and joined
Andhra Mahila Sabha Hospital. Meanwhile, Aashraya got her a legal
divorce. She is now graduate in Psychology, remarried and living
joined Aashraya in 1986 with young children (2 girls and 2 boys).
Aashraya helped her in admitting the children in schools and hostels.
Navakotti was admitted in ANM Course which she finished successfully.
Later she joined Vijaya Hospital, Chennai. She was discharged from
Aashraya in 1988. In March’05 she came back to us with a problem of
land dispute. Though she had the land patta the property dealer sold
the land to another person who built a house there. Aashraya’s
counselor approached the Chennai Police Commissioner who promised
immediate action and as a pleasant surprise the culprits were nabbed
within a week and the money due to her was returned to Navakottai.
cases cited explain the role played by Aashraya. We take in women who
are helpless and homeless, mould them and send them out as confident and
empowered women, able to take charge of themselves and their lives. We
hope to keep up our good work and improve upon it in the years to come.
No. 21/12, Rosary
Chennai – 600 004.