Gandhi Rural Rehabilitation Center (GRRC), Alampoondi

GRRC Sign

Gandhi Rural Rehabilitation Center (GRRC), located in the small village of Alampoondi in the Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu, is a vital resource for the surrounding rural community. What began in 1983 as a weaving workshop for the physically challenged has evolved over two decades into an organization whose activities include:

Income generation through weaving, tailoring and embroidery.

Identification, treatment and rehabilitation of people with physical and mental disabilities.

Research and development in the field of indigenous medicines and plants.

Alamaram Workshop Spinning Yarn GRRC Showroom

The Alamaram workshop currently employs 56 people, many of whom are physically disabled. The weavers produce handloomed cotton fabric of 20 and 60 counts, which is sold by the meter, or tailored into clothing and furnishings.

GRRC Spirulina Production GRRC Spirulina Products

GRRC runs an herbal clinic for indigenous medicine, as well as a production and packaging unit for spirulina, most of which is exported to Europe.

Since the successful eradication of Polio in the area, GRRC now concentrates their services on identifying and providing services for children and adults with cerebal palsy and the mentally challenged. A door to door survey identified 69 people with mental disabilities. 25 people are currently receiving comprehensive care at GRRC.

S. Kumar - Director of GRRC

S. Kumar, born and raised in Alampoondi, and active in social service since he was a teenage, is the Director of GRRC.  His wife and family serve the community in other ways, serving meals and providing shelter for various senior citizens that come to eat or sleep at their house.

Two missionaries with the “Little Brothers of Jesus” live and work in Alampoondi with GRRC.  Brother Shanti (originally from Belgium, but now an Indian citizen) runs the herbal clinic and Brother Anand (from France) provides physiotherapy for the physically disabled.

GRRC is one of the few organizations that I have come across that is self-sufficient.  Proceeds from the marketing and sales of the Alamaram workshop and spirulina, nominal income from the Herbal Clinic as well as individual donations for the Disability Identification and Treatment Center sustain the operations of the NGO.

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15 Responses to “Gandhi Rural Rehabilitation Center (GRRC), Alampoondi”


  1. 1 Amanda June 12, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I have been reading your experiences through your blog while in India ( I am from the US).
    I am currently staying at NITT campus and will be traveling to Alampoondi in the middle of next week. I look forward to visiting the Gingee fort when I get the chance too. We rode by it on the way to Trichy but did not stop.
    I will be working with GRRC for a few weeks and loved to see others that have done the same.
    thanks for the blog!

    • 2 RAJAVEL.THURAMPOONDI August 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

      RESPECTED SIR,(GRRC)
      I M A.RAJAVEL. PRESENTLY I M WORKING IN

      PRENATAL SCREENING&NEW BORN SCREENING IN RESEARCH@

      MUMBAI

      JUST NOW ONLY I SAW THE WEBSITE IN ALL THE PHOTOS SO I AM

      PROUD OF OUR NGO, THEN IF I FIND TIME MEANS I SAW ONLY OUR

      NGO WEB SITE PHOTOS THUS THE REASON IS ONCE UPON A TIME

      I M ALSO COMMUNITY BASED REHABLITATION WORKER OF DHEEBAM

      (ANTHUVAN TEAM).
      YOURS TRUELY

      YOURS FAITHFULLY
      RAJAVEL.A

  2. 3 yoomilee June 12, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Amanda,

    Glad you found the blog posts useful! Please say hello to the folks at GRRC – Kumar, his wife, and the marketing person, Prem.

    Take lots of water (and a hat) when you go to Gingee Fort!

  3. 4 unarvugal November 10, 2008 at 5:47 am

    Dear sir,
    i have visited your center, you are really doing good service,
    we are conducting theatre workshop,performing folk art and street theatre to make awareness in the society. If u need any resource in this area please contact us
    thanking you,

    regards

    Ram
    (unarvugal dramatics)

  4. 5 heidi February 15, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Sri Kumar,

    I am Heidi from Auroville and will be visiting your centre on monday 16. Feb at 10.30 am with twelve people from Germany.
    I would be very happy to see you and if you would kindly give an introduction into your project to this group that would be very interesting.

    yours sincerely
    Heidi

  5. 6 saeid aminian February 15, 2009 at 6:46 am

    To Specialists, Architects, Urban Designers and Regional Planners

    Hello Dear colleague,

    The Architecture & Rural Design Research Group (affiliated to the ACECR) is gathering information on the topic Universal Experiences in Physical Rehabilitation in Rural areas, based on local circumstances in your country or in other countries.
    I would be grateful if you let us know about the references which might help us through this project, via e-mail.

    Meanwhile you could fill in the following form for each reference:
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  6. 7 ramchandran k September 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    hai sir…. how are you?… had seen your block it’s very useful and intersting I am so pride you are really doing good service,i am also from your native place….

  7. 8 R.punniyakodi January 12, 2011 at 7:16 am

    A GOOD REABHILATION CENTRE

  8. 9 Pandu April 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Hello Sir,

    Really you are doing great job…………… I am from kudapattu……… Now I am working in Infosys at Chennai…… I did my schooling in Alampoondi at Government Higher secondary school.. Dialy I went to school by cycle via nadupattu, But that time I didn’t know what you were doing……. Really good job sir….. I am proud to say it…..

    Thanks,
    Pandu

  9. 11 Tamil December 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Hello sir
    How are you? Tamil arasan
    Vinayagar kovil street

  10. 12 the commonman May 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    hello well wishers,

    the comments what you have seen above its all really bluff, but the physically challenging people have earned through weaving and making plants. bro.anand and bro.shanthi really good persons and both of them sacrificed their life to the physically challenged people. but the person named mr.kumar who is the responsible for all the profit and loss, he never helped to poor people, you can very well ask those lives near to the rehabilitation center, he mishandled the money and build his house, he got so many properties near the village. so please my dear abroad friends dont believe him in investing, i have born in nadupattu, i did my schooling at nadupattu and alampoondi, moreover one of my relative also was working in the rehabilitation center, so i can say the truth to the world, be safe, live with dignity.

    if anybody has the doubt you can very well take his life history, he never worked and earned even single rupee!!! but now he is having vehicles, new build-ed home and some properties… how???

    the commonman

  11. 13 P.G.Thomas April 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Please let me know if you are still carrying on your various activities as I would like to make a visit from Pondy .I had visited about 9 years ago .
    Regards .

    P.G.Thomas

  12. 14 Dhanaraman February 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Please let me know about your price of spirulina.


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