“If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”
Kalamma is from Bangalore and has completed her studies here. She brings a certain joie de vivre to the centre with her passionate response to everything, whether to her liking or not. With a decade long experience of working with children, that includes 6 years at Magic Puddles and 4 years at Snehadhara, she has the mother’s demeanour with the children.
She gets excited with the art sessions at Snehadhara and also enjoys singing with the children. Infact singing, cooking, dressing up and watching serials are her passion. Her organizational skills ion the kitchen are worth emulating. A little encouragement goes a long way with Kalamma.
‘I have seen some of the children grow up from toddler stage and they are my life’ she says about how Snehadhara brings meaning to her life.
Known for her gentle ways, Uttara’s journey with Snehadhara began 4 years ago after a year at Magic Puddles where she started working with children. Originally from Tamil Nadu, she has been in Bangalore for the last 12 years.
Uttara’s firm gentleness is reflected in her interactions with the children who bond with her and pay heed to her without her ever having to raise her voice, her capacity to work hard is showcased at the centre on a daily basis and her simplicity is implicit in her sheer focus with the task at hand and the dedication she brings into all her relationships whether with work or with people. ‘I forget all the stress of the outside world when I enter Snehadhara and can be with the children’.
Besides the drumming sessions at the centre, Uttara enjoys devotional music and painting. She epitomises the simplicity and integrity which is the essence of a space like Snehadhara.
Devraj hails from Bangalore and has spent the last 15 years ferrying children from different school in buses and vans. His last 4 years have been at Snehadhara where he feels a special bond with the children. ‘ I have worked in all kinds of schools but this place is unique and gives meaning to what I do’.
Besides driving he also participates in sessions at the centre sometimes and particularly enjoys the drumming activities. His compassion for the children is what holds him here and enables him to be a part of their life beyond the to and fro in the van.
An avid traveler, Devraj ensures his holidays take him to places in India and abroad. He likes to spend time with his family when he is not at the centre.
Vadivelu C joined Snehadhara about a year ago. He hails from Bangalore and used to be an uber cab driver. When he came to Snehadhara his driving job soon extended to Velu being a part of the classes. He recalls that he was asked to spend a month with the children to understand their world. And when he did, he was totally drawn to it. He wanted to spend more and more time with them, which ultimately led to him being a part of the sessions.
He has never been to school and is entirely self taught. He loves reading magazines and being abreast of the news. He is always curious about what is happening in the world around him and is constantly learning.
Muniyappa, or Muniya as he is fondly called, is our in-house Prabhudeva. His awesome dance moves are matched only by his warm, affable personality. A resident of Bangalore, he joined Snehadhara early 2017. His hobbies are dancing and gymnastics. He loves large, family get togethers and Snehadhara to him feels just like family. Which is probably the reason why, after drifting through a number of different part-time jobs, he finally feels like he has come home.
When he first came to Snehadhara he was apprehensive because everyone spoke in English, and he thought not knowing the language would be a limitation for him. But the reception he received was so warm and encouraging that he felt he could do this, and he looks forward to each and every day at the centre.
“Talk less and smile more,” seems to be Alamelu’s motto. A long timer at Snehadhara, she looks forward to being at the centre. She loves being a part of all the activities and participates in them with enthusiasm, her most favourite activity being painting.
She enjoys working with the children because she feels in her own small way, she is helping someone.
Gowriamma is the proud mother of 4 children: Keshava – 28, Kumara – 24, Jyoti – 23, Venkatesha – 22. Once her own children grew up, she used to be a nanny to a two-year old child. But after joining Snehadhara, she talks of how from one she now has many children whom she can take care of.
She feels doing something for the special children is like doing something for God. Just like God, they don’t talk, they are in a different world and we give them food, as many of them cannot feed themselves. She has been with Snehadhara for a few months now and she says every time she sees the children she is inspired to work harder.