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We managed to distribute 800 food packages!

Dear supporters

We have good and bad news. The good news is that in a short period of time we’ve already managed to distribute 800 food packages! This is fantastic news and we wouldn’t have been able to do this without your support! The food packages have been distributed to everybody that is involved in our projects and of course to the families and persons where our children are (unfortunately) currently still staying. In addition we have distributed packages to people in 13 surrounding villages. The need was high and the people are very grateful to the support we have given them. From the fact that 4 different tv news programmes (!) have broadcasted our action shows;  that it’s very special that help is being provided to those in need by people from the community itself. Also an article on our action will most probably be published in the Times of India shortly.

Still contacting the involved families and children on a regular basis

The bad news is that the Indian government has announced on the 31st of May 2020 that the lockdown measures will be extended. In certain areas of India certain measures will be somewhat released. But unfortunately for lots of poor people in the Pondicherry area this still means they will not be able to work and don’t have any income. The schools will most likely be closed until at least the 1st of July. For our projects this news means that we still cannot open up and at the moment there is also not any perspective on when we will be able to open up again. To us this raises concerns on the welfare of all the children which normally can enjoy a safe and carefree place with us. The children have to miss this place for a long time already now. To make sure we don’t lose track of them, but more importantly to ensure they are aware that we haven’t forgotten about them, our staff is still contacting the involved families and children on a regular basis.

As soon as we know more about when we can reopen the projects again we will let you know. In the meantime we have decided to continue with the distribution of the food packages, because the need is still very high. All support remains very welcome. For an amount of already EUR 12,- we can distribute a food package to 1 family which provides them with sufficient food for at least 2  weeks. A contribution can be made to the following account: NL73INGB0004865196 Isai Ma(i)yam)

Here you can view a TV broadcast 

What does corona mean for Isai Ma(i)yam?

What does corona mean for Isai Ma(i)yam?

As of mid of March we needed to shut or projects down completely. The childrens’ homes needed to be closed and we needed to place all children with family or elsewhere. The daycare for our handicapped children is also closed. We’ve managed to place most children with families, but for a few it was impossible. They are still with us and the local government keeps telling us it’s not allowed, but we don’t have an alternative for them. These children are being checked by local government on their medical health. So far they have notmade any further extreme interventions. Our staff tries to keep in touch with the children who are now with their families or placed somewhere else. This to ensure we don’t lose track of them.

The government lockdown measures have been extended until at least 17th of May and we will need to see whether we can open up after that and how. We imagine we need to take extra safety measures, but at the moment that is still unclear. Once we know more about the next steps and what this means for Isai Ma(i)yam we will update you accordingly.

At the moment we continue to pay our staff as much as possible. The government provides some support also with food packages for local people. However not everybody receives that and lots of people we know in the surrounding villages don’t get any salary anymore. Therefore we are looking whether we can support the local people with food packages.This week we started with compiling food packages for the families of our children, including the handicapped children. In addition we know of various other families in the surrounding villages who really need some support and therefore we would like to provide them with food packages as well. Our staff can prepare them and distribute them. This way our staff can contribute to the community as well in these difficult times. One food package for one family will cost INR 1.000,- which is equal to more or less EUR 12,-.

We are aware these are difficult times for many people, but if you would like to support the above mentioned initiative, you can already do that by donating an amount of EUR 12,- for 1 food package (more is of course always welcome as well) by transferring this amount to account no: NL73INGB0004865196 tav Stichting Isai Ma(i)yam

Central Bureau on Fundraising Seal of approval

Since January 2012 our Isai Ma(i)yam Foundation for children in India is in the possession of the The Central Bureau on Fundraising certificate.

When a charity has a CBF-Seal of approval (CBF-Keur), issued by the Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF), you can trust that the organization has been closely reviewed. An important criterium is that the costs for fundraising of the charity expressed as a percentage of the revenues from its own fundraising in any one year, may not amount more than 25% of the revenues from its own fundraising.

The annual reports by Isa Ma(i)yam Foundation meet the criteria of the CBF and all financial information reflected herein.
More information on CBF Central Bureau on Fundraising


Joanne at Gayatri Art School and Gaya House
Joanne, who assisted with our project for ten days, has opened a playroom. The children adore it and keep on asking to play there. Twister, Mikado, puzzles, coloring and kapla are favorite!

School life in Pondicherry

Most of our children go to the same school, which is around the corner from the orphanage. In India everyone wears a uniform to school. They do this so everyone looks alike and you can’t see whether someone is poor or rich. This way they hope to prevent discrimination. When the children come back from school they get help doing their homework.


During the holidays the children love to be outside and chill on the beach. It is only a quarter hour drive to the beach from the Gayatri Art School. Not everyone can swim, so some children stay on the beach or in the surf, but even then the sea is nice and cool. For safety reasons they are always accompanied by a supervisor.

Clowns at Isai Ma(i)yam

Two clowns came to the children’s home and to the Ananda Day Care in May 2014. The clowns come from the Global Clowning Foundation, these clowns especially visit developing countries. They love to bring happiness and lightness to the places where it is needed most, like in slums, hospitals, and projects like Isai Ma(i)yam. With their merriness they hope the children can forget their problems, pain and sorrow for a little while and can just laugh a lot. It was really a big success, the children loved it!

Strong Sedan

Sedan (9 years) is a real athlete – he can move his body in the strangest positions. He also loves climbing trees or on top of walls. He is really intrigued by magic. Once a magician came to the children’s home and of all the kids, Sedan was most fascinated. He still talks about it and would love to learn as many magical tricks as possible. Nothing is known about Sedan’s parents except their names. Sedan used to live with family, but they were very poor and could not afford bringing up an extra child. Sedan has been living with us for a year now and is really thriving.

Ashok with Antony

Life was not easy for Ashok before he came here. Nothing is known about his parents, and Ashok and his little brother Satish were wandering around the streets. We were notified about this and gave them shelter. At first it was a bit strange for the brothers and they were somewhat withdrawn, but now they have made many friends and are becoming more and more open.

Antony (12 years) is one of Ashok’s new friends. He came to live with us only six months ago. In the beginning he was very shy and kept in the background just like Ashok. He is very modest and always listens well. When you get to know Antony a little better, you will notice that he can be very talkative and cheerful too. He loves playing games, so when the playroom opens, Antony is first in line to go inside. He is the very best at memory.

Sunil is teething

Contrary to his brother Raghul, Sunil’s (8 years) personality is more quiet, calm and modest. He stays in the background, but he is a very sweet boy. He is close to his brother, they always support each other. School is difficult for him, especially reading, but if you take time to help him, he really tries very hard. He wants to do good and wants to hear you say it. When he has read something, he looks at you with hopeful eyes and with a touching look to see if he has done well.

Hari together with his younger brother

Hari (12 years) has already been living with us for six years together with his younger brother. His father was drunk regularly and this often resulted in homely abuse. Their mother didn’t see any other way out than to commit suicide. The father couldn’t take care of his children and therefore the brothers live in Isai Ma(i)yam. Hari has become a very independent boy who can take good care of himself. He is a very smart boy with many talents. He plays two music instruments, mridangan (an Indian percussion instrument) and drumpad. He is also good at dancing, and sometimes he, Mani and Akash like to dance at performances.

Jayabarathi practicing dancing steps

Jayabarathi (9 years) is always enthusiastic and happy. Her best friend is Niranjini and together they have great fun. Most of all they love to dance together, practicing dancing steps they just learned in class. Jayabarathi is a very innocent and sweet girl, she likes to come to you to play or cuddle. Concentrating is difficult for her, especially when doing homework. She is easily distracted and would rather use her time to dance or play. It is especially difficult for her at school, because like her little brother Jayaguru she hasn’t been to school for a while. Jayabarathi and Jayaguru’s mother ran away with another man and their father placed his children with their grandmother. They were well looked after, but hardly went to school for eight months. Since they live with us their grandmother comes to visit often and their father also visits from time to time.

Siva Sankari a cheerful girl

Siva Sankari (9 years) has nine sisters, she herself is the youngest in the family. She lives with us together with her sisters Raji and Arasakumari. In India a daughter can be a big financial burden for parents, because they have to pay a marriage dowry for her when she gets married. So therefore ten daughters is not desirable. The girl’s mother has died and their father doesn’t support his daughters. One of her sisters has already passed away, four sisters are married, two sisters have a job. Raji, Arasakumari and Siva Sankari are still at school and living with us. The elder sisters can hardly support themselves and so cannot take care of their younger sisters. All three girls are very cheerful. Raji (17 years) is very adult and at the same time very social. Arasakumari (11 years) can be a little impatient, but she is very affectionate and laughs a lot. Siva Sankari is a happy, cheerful girl who loves to cuddle and play.

The sisters Sharmila and Usha

Usha (9 years) is a lively lady, she can defend herself well. Sometimes this can make her a bit bossy, but it also makes her energetic and outgoing. Usha is not only lively, but also has a soft side and so she loves to cuddle. Her energetic character shows in her dancing, through which she can lose some of her energy. Usha has an elder sister, Sharmila (11 years), who also lives with us. Sharmila is a happy and easy girl who is loved by everyone. She does well at school and always does her homework. In character the sisters don’t look very much alike, but they care a lot about each other. Their father left with another woman and their mother can’t earn enough money by herself for the family. The sisters still go home sometimes in the weekend or during holidays.

The three sisters Karthika, Naveena and Niranjini

Karthika (12 years) is a real dear, she wouldn’t even hurt a fly. She lives with us and her elder and younger sister. The sisters take good care of each other, at night they like to sleep close to each other. Karthika is a quiet girl, but always happy. She gets along well with the other girls who live with us, especially Sharmila who is a good friend.

Naveena (14 years) is good friends with other girls of her age (Saranya, Gandhimathy, Raji and Ranjeetha). She would love to stay with her friends the whole day. Studying isn’t that important to her, contrary to dancing which she really likes.

Everywhere you go you see Niranjini (8 years), she a very cheerful girl and likes to be in the picture. She prefers playing and dancing the whole day with the other girls. She is active and happy and her enthusiasm is contagious. Her best friend is Jayabarathi, and together they have lots of fun. They love to dance together and practice the steps they were taught.

Our beautiful dancing girls

The left girl is Manimegalai, she lives with us. The right girl is from a village in the neighborhood and goes to our dancing classes every weekend. The girls like each other’s company and share a passion for dancing. When the music band is performing, often a dancing group goes along to dance in between acts. The girls think it’s great to dance for public and always look forward to their performances.

Climbing and clambering in the weekend

During the week our children live in the city, which is convenient because the school is around the corner, so they can walk to school. However, there aren’t many trees in the city to climb in. Every weekend the children go to the Gayatri Art School in the countryside. Here there is lots of space to play outside and they really do this every weekend.

The new slide

In March 2014 a great slide was made for our children from old iron. Not only the children living with us, but also the children from the village who come for the music and dancing lessons enjoy playing on this new play device.

The new swings are a huge success

The swings were built next to the slide and the roundabout. These were also made by hand from old materials. The work was done very professionally, so the swings are very sturdy. Between the dancing and music lessons a line forms around the swings, because everyone loves to swing.

The preparation of our dinner

We have employed four people to prepare the food for the children each day. In India it is common to eat hot in the morning, they usually start the day with a plate of rice. Often rice is eaten in the evening too. Additionally they also often eat idly, dosa and chapati.

Manimegalai has flourished since she came here

Manimegalai (10 years) is an independent girl who knows what she wants. She is very smart en gets good grades at school. While playing you can see how smart she is. If tactics are used, she figures it out pretty quickly and she often wins. Sometimes she wants to make someone else happy and consciously lets the other win. Manimegalai is not just smart, but she’s also a good dancer and often joins performances with Gayathri. Manimegalai has flourished since she came here, but in the beginning she cried a lot and could react strongly to small things. She was very protective of her elder brother Mani, if something happened to him she would cry as well. It hasn’t been easy for Mani and Manimegalai, as their father left with another woman. Their mother had never finished school and couldn’t earn enough money. Mani had to work from the age of four to help the family, he had to wash cars. The neighbor advised the family to let the children live in a shelter and since then they have been living with us. They still have contact with their mother and are always very glad to see her when she visits.

Jeevanandham far more stable

Jeevanandham (8 years) is a playful and naughty boy. He does funny things and can sometimes make problems for himself. Sometimes it’s very difficult to correct him. His naughty and sometimes rebellious behavior can be explained because of the traumatic youth he has had. Jevanandham never knew his father and his mother couldn’t care for him alone. She often locked her son in a dark room the whole day while she went to work. When he was released from this room his behavior was very strange and according to his mother he was unmanageable. Finally, he was admitted to the psychiatric department in the hospital. It was clear that the situation at home was unbearable, so when he was released from hospital, he came to stay with us. Since then his behavior has improved and he is far more stable. Yet he is really traumatized and sometimes this still shows in his wanton behavior.

Satish becoming less insecure

Satish is a very sweet, but also very vulnerable boy. He would rather be alone with you so he can get all your attention. During these moments he thrives and loves to cuddle. When the big boys are around, he doesn’t dare to do this and tries to be tough. Satish is very close to his brother Ashok. Not much is known about the parents of these boys; they were wandering around the streets together. A shop owner notified us and we took them into the group. This safe environment with lots of stability and regularity is very good for the boys. Satish dares to be more open and slowly he is becoming less insecure about himself.