Tuesday, April 15, 2008

India's pride : Chennai NGO gets International Award

Suyam Charitable Trust founded by Ms Uma and Mr Muthuraman in 1999 helps around 260 poor children. More than 50 percent of these children are 'street children', who do have any facility or support for their livelihood. The rest are picked up from the bottomline of the society. Suyam Charitable Trust runs "Siragu Montessori School" and provide education to these children.
Suyam is also a partner organisation for the India Vision Group. Impressed with their commitment, we have highlighted them as Unsung Heroes five years back in our India Vision site.
Akzo Nobel is one of the leading paint companies in the world and their Community Development initiatiaves have been ranked as No 2 at global level. They are supporting around 550 projects in 45 countries with 2500 volunteers. Every year, they select 15 projects for the best practices at global level. The entire group of volunteers vote for three organisations (out of this 15) for cash awards of EUR 30,000. 20,000 and 10,000 for the first three best projects.
Siragu Montessori School was selected by them for the Second prize of EUR 20000 at International level. Mr Gerard Helmink, Director, IT Shared Services, Akzo Nobel, Netherlands and Mr Mahesh Somu, Indian Operations Manager presented the Awards on 11th April 2008 at the School itself personally. This amount should be utilised by the Trust for construction of new building and development of infrasture to these children.
I had the opportunity of interacting and recording a podcast interview with Mr Gerard Helmink. We will be publishing it in our PodUniversal and Corporatezine PR-e-Sense at the end of April 08.
Suyam has brought glory and pride to all Indians. "Though we have founded this trust, the entire credit of global glory, is because of the support and guidance given by our donors, friends and teachers who have the total dedication for bringing up these unfortuante children" says Mr Muthuraman humbly. Suyam may be reached at suyam.awake07@gmail.com
Please watch some of the pictures:


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