Sree Narayana Vidyarthini
Sadanam Ernakulam, Cochin, is one of the most eminent
women's institutions in
Kerala. The S.N.V. Sadanam started
in the name of Sree Narayana Guru,
84 years ago has always upheld the ideals of the Guru and
has been giving many creditable services to the general public.
S.N.V. Sadanam, started 84
years ago as a tiny seedling has grown into a mighty banyan
tree. In the beginning it was in a small rented building with
five school girls as its inmates. In those times there were
no hostels in Ernakulam giving accommodation to girls belonging
to backward and schedule classes. Providing accommodation
for girl students who came to Ernakulam to pursue their studies
from distant parts of Kerala, was the need
of the hour. It was with a view to satisfy this long felt
need that Thapaswini Amma and three
others started Sadanam on June 6, 1921.
The hostel was to provide board and acommodation at cheap
rates to girl students irrespective of caste, creed and
community. Later S.N.V. Sadanam
was registered as a Public Charitable
Trust on 30th April 1956.
The hostel which had been functioning in rented buildings
one after another, finally managed to have a building of its
own on 29th March, 1960, in the heart of the city near Ernakulam
South Railway Station.
S.N.V. Sadanam is a shining
example of how the pioneering efforts of a band of dedicated
people can lead to the fulfillment of a dream. Eminent social
workers like Mrs. Parvathy Ayyappan
and Mrs. Bhavani Krishnan literally built this institution
with their "blood, toil, tears and sweat".
The Sadanam has been in the
forefront of all social service activities launched by the
State or public at large ever since its inception. At present
the Sadanam Trust has 150 members who have chosen to become
members out of genuine spirit of service and spontaneous regard
of the institution.