Today is Sunday the 19th August 2007. I am writing this sitting at Vinobaniketan, an Ashram built in the memory of Late Vinoba Bhave, who became a legend with his Bhoodan Yajna (Land Gift Movement). Parivrajika Rajamma was a close associate of Vinobaji, who walked with him throughout India. She is known as Vinobaji's Spiritual Daughter.
Vinobaniketan is located on the foothills of Western Ghats. From here one can watch the Tourist Resort Ponmdi on one side, Mount Elephant Rock and the whole of Sahyadri Mountains. It is in Thiruvananthapuram District, the capital of the the Southern Province Kerala, known in tourist circle as "God's own country". It is about 40 Kms away from Trivandrum International Airport and 35 Kms away fromTrivandrum Central Railway Station. This place is accessible by motorable asphalted road. Exact location is in Nedumangad Taluk, Tholikkode Panchayath, on the way to Ponmudi. One has to take a deviation at Iruthalamoola towards the road to Aryanadu.
A serene atmosphere. It is a Divine Grace to be here! Vinobaniketan is visited by almost all National Leaders and Spiritual Masters. The present Prime Minister of India Dr.Manmohan Singhji visited this place on September 3, 2005 and laid the Foundation Stone for Vinoba Vishwa Vidya Peet.
This Ashram runs a Hostel for Tribal Girls, which has over 150 inmates studying in various classes from 1st to 10th standard. There are innumerable other activities including Kanyagurukulam, Khadi Gramme, Cultivation of Medicinal Plants, Moderl Agriculture and Dairy Farm, Environm"ental Programme, Self-Employment Programme, etc.
Vinobaniketan's potentiality is immense. There is dearth of adequate financial resources. Those charitable individuals, trusts and those with an attitude towards helping such projects, may liberally donate to this unique institution. The contact address as follows: VINOBAIKETAN, Vinobaniketan P.O., Thiruvananthapuram-695542, Kerala State, India. Tel: +91-472-2892263, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vinobaniketan's bankers are: State Bank of India, Trivandrum Main Branch, M.G.Road, Trivandrum - Current Account No.10570291629, Foreign Contributions Account No.01100075847.
Please donate liberally to this unique organization.
In this age of Information Technology we talk of "Global Village". As a true disciple of Mahatma Gandhi Vinobaji gave the call of " JAI JAGAT'.
Institutions like Vinobaniketan silently work for World Peace, Green Peace, All Round Human Development.
I am a former Administrator for Oxfam (India) Trust for Central India covering the two large states viz. Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It was during 1980-82.
I am visiting this organization after many years. I thought I introduce this to this group. After joining OXFAM Group I could not contribute / participate in discussions. This is just a beginning.