1st Champions meet in Chennai

Our 1st Champions meet held at Chennai on 23-08-2014.


  • Introduction from everyone
  • Discussed about our recent experience
  • Discussed about our review process
  • Discussed about the problem students face today


  1. Decided to apply for 80G tax exemption, so donors can get tax exemption for the donation amount.
  2. Integrate credit card payment gateway, so donors can seamlessly donate to the cause.
1st Champion meet in chennai
Protect the Identity and give pride to our Beneficiaries
Aalayam is committed to protect the identity and give pride to our beneficiaries with all of your support.

It’s important that we respect the privacy of the beneficiary by not disclosing their personal identifiable information on the public website.

Aalayam does the review of all personal information of the beneficiary in very detail to find the genuinity of the cause.

We don’t want to publicize the situation of our beneficiaries and raise funds.

We all know that the beneficiaries have not chosen to live in the conditions and their inabilities to pay the fees. They are not responsible for the conditions in which they are in now.

We all also know that these conditions are temporary in nature and they will be in a very good positions once they have completed their education and grown up.

As a transparent organization we are committed to provide all the relevant information by providing you with the evidence by emailing the copy of the cheques given to institutions and or beneficiaries.

Also as an registered organization we also maintain and submit documents to the government for auditing.

Thanks a lot Donor’s and everyone for your deep understanding on this and the support you are providing.
How are we able to give 100 percent to beneficiary

Few people asked us this question and we thought to explain the way it works today.

It’s Simple Though!

The goal of our organization is to identify deserving students and use crowdfunding to raise funds from supporters. Beneficiary approach us directly or referred to us for financial help to continue or purse school or college education. Our review committee investigate the cause to know the complete background. Once the cause is approved we share the cause to supporters through our website, facebook, email etc. Supporters with generously donate to the cause.

It is very important that whatever donation we receive from the supporters should go to the beneficiary 100%. Once the goal is reached, we are directly pay it to the educational institute or service provider and ask for receipts. We DO NOT write cheque or demand draft to the beneficiary or parents.

As any organization we do have monthly operating cost and we try to keep it very minimal as possible, so that we can serve many student. Our monthly cost includes office rent, phone bill, stationary, web hosting etc. Our champions are contributing in many ways as website development, graphics design, cause review, user support, accounting, tax filing etc.

Currently we have three core members pledge monthly and that covers our operating cost. In near future we are planning to integrate payment gateway, so that supporters can donate seamlessly. There is a service charge (2-5%) given to the payment processing company and we would like to observe that cost with our monthly operating cost. To cover this service charge we will increase the number of monthly pledge amount.

At any cost we WILL NOT take any single amount from the cause donation and give 100% donations to the beneficiary’s cause which makes us different!

Giving is Living

What can we Give?

We have come with Nothing. So we cannot Give.

We made products from needles to computers from of our mother earth and made money made out of these.

We have received everything from this planet, from Sun light, Water, Food, etc., to Oxygen for our living.

So what can we give?

Since we cannot really give anything, Shall we Share?

Let’s do that. Let’s give what we have received, which is not even ours, with the people who are in need.

This is one way of Living.

It’s not even Giving it’s just Living.

Process of learning
Learning is not a Competition.

The beauty in this world is everything in unique. Why to compare with one another? Comparison will make you dull. In comparing you are restricting yourself to a small group of people in your class. Remember, there are many schools and many students. Learn without comparing with anyone. Learn to know for yourself. In this way, you don’t learn to get better than someone else but you want to really understand what it is. At that instance you will see the beauty of it. That’s when you will reach you own highest potential without any comparisons and compulsions to learn.

The process of learning is no comparison.

Learning is a process, there is no end even after coming out of the school or college. When you learn from a book which is written by someone that process itself shows that someone is sharing their knowledge with you, same goes true in a class room when someone is teaching, or from your parents who taught us so many things and also from the nature etc., This list goes on and on …..

The process of learning is sharing.

So many teachers, individuals, people around us have shared their knowledge with us selflessly. Otherwise we wouldn’t be where we are now. If we think about this, who is educating you and me? Everyone in this world, right. Please keep your ears open, the world itself is a school. Don’t restrict yourself to the walls of the school. Use your learning to make the world a better place to live by contributing to the well being of human beings, nature etc., That’s the gratitude we show to our teachers. Someone shared the following quote sometime ago which I learned and remembered till now  “Light never ends, from candle to candle and soul to soul”. The light here is the knowledge. Share your knowledge.

We are 100 percent organization

We call ourself as 100 percent organization.

All donations for cause are 100% given to beneficiary

Organization expenses are 100% funded by core members and NO donations accepted from public

Every single person work 100% as volunteer and NO compensation given

Causes are reviewed 100% genuine to make sure every single donation is reaching the deserving student

Our 1st educational cause and my 1st blog

We had a tough time to arrive at our 1st educational cause which really deserves financial help for education. Once we had this campaign running we received around 23 applications over a period of time and we thought everyone had a need but we were asking ourselves whether all of them really need our help.

We went ahead and framed a few criteria that would help us to narrow down on those who are in real need and got the number of applications narrowed down to 8. One of these applications is the one that I am talking about now. Our goal was to make sure the donors contribution was reaching the right student, so it was challenging and we were cautious in every step.

The child who has been selected after a lot of review is from a village called Thangachimadam. Thangachimadam is a village in the central part of Rameswaram which is a holy island in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Having close proximity to Sea the main occupation of people living here is fishing.

People also do farming activities around coconut and jasmine.

Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait which connects Thangachimadam, Rameswaram on Pamban Island to India.  The bridge refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever railway bridge, though primarily it means the latter. Opened in 1914, it was India’s first sea bridge, and was the longest sea bridge in India till 2010.


Now let us come back to our cause after some insights about this place J She was referred by beneficiary’s brother. Beneficiary is a 10 year old girl currently studying in 4th standard. She lost her father at the age of 5 and living with her mother (home maker) and elder sister (7th std). Her elder sister’s education is supported by people in her hometown.

The child studies in one of the government aided school in that area and is a consistent 1st rank holder in her school. She has a dream to become a successful Engineer when she grows up. In Thangatchimadam government schools & government aided schools play a very important role due to lack of good private schools. Even though government aided schools charge very less for the year there is a need for uniforms, books etc.

We had a strict evaluation & review process which included talking to the beneficiary, her mother and a few others to understand the situation and collected all relevant documents to backup these claims. Based on this we filled the final documentation within Aalayam and are now looking forward to help her realize her dream of becoming an able engineer who can not only improve her family’s condition but also our nation as a whole.

Looking forward to share my experience with our next cause!

How causes are reviewed and approved

Value Statement:

One of our value statement states that,

Only genuine causes should gets approved by Aalayam.

The Review process is based on this value statement.

Aalayam has an extensive Review Process for the beneficiary causes.

Some salient features of this Review Process are:

A total of 5 members constitutes the Review Committee to review and approve the cause for fundraising

Apart from the Review Committee the Champions are involved to verify the cause information update the Review Committee.

A number of documents were verified to validate the identification and the genuine nature of the cause.

All members of the review committee deliberate and present his\her views for everyone else in the team.

We work for consensus from all team members. And a majority of the members needs to approve the cause to collect donations.

Only Aalayam verified causes will be open for public fundraising in the website.

Aalayam office in Chennai

Aalayam Foundation office is located in the below address.

Aalayam Foundation
No.114/3, Ponniamman Koil Street,
Sri Mahalakshmi Nagar, Numbal,
Chennai, India – 600077

If you have trouble locating our office, please contact us;

Phone : +91 44 32000780
Email : info@aalayam.org

Office name board:

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Refer a Student for Financial help

If you are a Student (College/School) or if you know a Student who needs any financial help for Educational fees (Tuition, Exam etc) please provide us the information by filling the below form.

Aalayam uses the crowd funding platform to raise fund for the deserving Students. Together we can help every deserving Student and get their right for Education.

For any questions, please contact:

Lakshmi Kanthan