St. Gregorios Charitable Trust, Mysore

(From February 2011 this is transferred to the Diocese of Bangalore)
At the background of this trust stands the HRANI Trust. The HRANI (Human Relations and National Integration) Trust was a pioneering organization, initiated with the intention to help promote improved intergroup relations among diverse groups of people in our country. The Trust constituted a team of dedicated individuals from different walks of life, functioning on a mutually consultative basis. The Trust was governed by a Board of Trusties of which the late Sri. M. C. Mathew Manamel was the Chairman and the late Rev. Fr. Dr. P. C. Eapen the Managing Trustee. The initial objective was to establish a home away from home for retired senior citizens regardless of religious affiliation, who may wish to spend their retired life in such a friendly congenial community setting. The HRANI Trust had six acres of prime landing Billikere located at the outskirts of the historical garden city of Mysore.
Though the initial response for this experience in community living for senior citizens was encouraging, and a few people ventured to explore the possibility, the project in the initial stages regrettably could be said to have been inadequately planned and organized and led to the withdrawal of those few interested individuals from the project. Paucity of funds and organizational capability coupled with a lack of appropriate infrastructural facilities to house the individuals resulting in their withdrawal led to a prolonged period of inactivity and the eventual decision to donate all assets to the Orthodox Church of India. The late M. C. Mathew, Chairman, late Fr. Dr. P. C. Eapen, the Managing Trustee and the members of the Board of Trustees of the HRANI Trust have thus donated the entire assets of the HRANI Trust including the six acres of land to the St. Gregorios Charitable Trust of the Orthodox Church of India.
The Holy Episcopal Synod of the Orthodox Church of India has authorized Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, Metropolitan of Kandanad, to take over the land .He was directed to develop it appropriately in order to serve the people in this part of the country. Accordingly we formulated a Charitable Trust under The caption "St. Gregorios Charitable Trust" (Reg.No. 2855/2002) at Mysore to establish a house for the physically and mentally challenged people. H. H. the Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Church is the Patron of the Trust and Dr. Mathews Mar Severios function as its Managing Trustee. The land for the project has been registered on behalf of the Trust in the name of the Catholicos.

Our first project "Sneha Bhavan," under the St.Gregorios Charitable Trust, at Billikere, 30 K.M. towards south west of Mysore, is designed to accommodate 50 girls and 50 boys who are both physically and mentally challenged and are belonging to poor families. The proposed master plan for the project include, a) Administrative Block, b) Boys' Block (two storied), c) Girls' Block (two storied), d) Chapel Block (ground floor ), e) Helpers' Block (ground floor), f), Servants' Block (ground floor) g), Cow Shelters (ground floor) and h) Guest Room Block (ground floor). The total plinth area for the total project has been placed at 31,000 sq. ft., with an approximate total construction cost estimated at Rupees Three crores.
With the hope and trust in God the blessed foundation stone of the Sneha Bhavan was laid on 10th March 2002 by Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, the Managing Trustee. Rev. Fr. Dr. P. C. Eapen, Rev.Fr. Abraham Marett, Vicar of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Mysore and Rev. Fr. Mathews M. Daniel, executive administrator of the project were present on the occasion.
The first wing of Snehabhavan, Bloch ' H '(The guest house), around 2000 sq.ft., out of the total 310000 Sq. ft. , had been completed in 2005, spending around Rs. 1200000-00 (As per pre present construction cost Rs 2000000-00 . The total estimated cost when the master plan was prepared in 2001, the estimated cost was 2.2 crores and now it is 3.2 crores).
Snehabhavan was inaugurated & dedicated to the nation by H. H. Baselios Marthoma Didymos I, the then Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan of the Indian Orthodox Church on Sept 11, 2005. During the past 3 years, we have admitted 10 inmates, mentally & physically challenged; So many other eligible children are waiting for admission. Lack of infrastructural facilities is an impediment to admit more inmates for the time being. We hope to start the construction of the building proper for the inmates soon. Rev. Fr. Mathews M Daniel and Mrs. Annie Mathews M. Daniel rendered their exceptionally dedicated service in the Sneha Bhavan project for a period of eight years since August 2009 Rev. Sr. Selin and Sr. Navomi from the St. Mary's Convent, Othara take care the whole projects with deep sense of sacrifice and dedication. We have completed also the ground floor of the Girls Block recently.

Facilities other than the first wing
1) Fencing around the 6 acres of land
2) 2 Bore wells
3) Small cow shed & cow to provide milk for the inmates
4) Teak & silver oak planted around the land
5) Plantation of fruit trees & coconut trees & Banana plantation & short term agricultural crops, vegetable garden & garden in front of the first wing etc.
6) Availed Electricity facility installing 15 Electric poles & cables.
7) Solar water heater facilities

When we have conducted a bench line survey we found out that there are about 20 villages around Snehabhavan, most of them agricultural laborers & marginal farmers. By no means are they unable to send their children to city, to get quality education. Then we thought of starting a school for them, in spite of so many obstacles, including financial burden, as part of the mission. Hence we have started the school in June 2006.
Now we have constructed 6 class rooms which cost around Rs. 1600000-00.There are 275 students in 7 classes, namely Lower K.G, Upper K.G, Ist Standard to 5th Standard. We can make only a gradual development increasing one standard every year. The parents of the students consider this as great blessing. We have 8 teaching staff who are qualified with the academic degrees M.A. B.Ed, D. Ed & Graduates. There are 3 drivers & one Ayah. We have purchased 3 vans to bring the children from the villages. We hope to develop this to a Higher Secondary School in future for the education mission in the locality.