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A GLIMPSE OF SMYRNA FELLOWSHIP TRUST OOTY
We are a well established Non Governmental Organization dedicated to helping the families and children of the less privileged and people who have been affected by natural calamities. We provide educational , medical, and basic amenities help to sponsored children. Shelter and employment is given to adults. Our main areas of social work are in the regions of Ooty, Kandal, Finger Post, Kotagiri ,Coonoor, Mettupalayam, Moyar, Masinagudi, Pillur Dam, Ponnani, Babusa Lane, Muthorai, Money Lodge, and Kullisollai, among others. We have also been very active with the Covid -19 affected families helping them with provisions, vaccinations, house repair and in some cases building of homes.
This Trust was founded in 1983 by Mrs. Margit Stefansson, from Sweden. Her efforts were monumental in helping the poor and the destitute of the Nilgiris, She provided shelter, food, job opportunities and education to the families and children. As a result, many families have been able to enjoy happy and fulfilling lives. Smyrna has been able to benefit around 10,000 children to attend schools and colleges on a “year on year” basis, These children come from single parent families, children staying with grandparents, children of diseased parents, and orphans who have been staying with their guardians.
In addition to this, we at Smyrna have also been able to create a ecosystem where every building is connected to solar systems which provides lighting to the campus. A 50,000 litre water tank stores rain water which is used to irrigate the garden and the organic farming projects in the campus. The Smyrna property is home to a number of old, rare species of trees. We also generate our own funds through our organic vegetable garden, tree saplings, tea-garden, strawberry cultivation, chicken coop, bakery, canteen and grocery store. Our social projects provide housing for the homeless, house repair, water connection, electricity and sanitation to many. We also provide toilets in schools and to the homes of our sponsored children
Our other important projects are our “New World Centre” where we provide treatment for physically and mentally challenged children and adults in the rehabilitation centre. Our old age home “Smyrna Shelter”, where we house the elderly who have no place to stay. We give provisions to more than 50 elderly women who are abandoned by their families in Ooty and regions in and around, and beyond.
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