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Our Story

Founded in 2001 by the compassionate visionary N. Vanitha, affectionately known as Thaiamma, Sharanalayam emerged from a profound desire to bring solace, care, and hope to the lives of the marginalized. Nestled in the serene landscapes of Pollachi, Coimbatore, our journey commenced with a humble beginning, sheltering seven orphaned children.

Over two decades of unwavering service to humanity have seen us grow from those seven cherished souls to more than thousands of individuals. We extend our embrace to orphaned, destitute, mentally challenged, offering them not just shelter, but a place to thrive, learn, and become empowered members of society.

Thaiamma, the Heart of Sharanalayam

Thaiamma’s dedication and unwavering commitment to service form the beating heart of Sharanalayam. With over a decade of relentless work in the field of HIV/AIDS and more than 20 years of devoted service to the underprivileged, she has transformed countless lives. Her maternal love, guidance, and tireless efforts have birthed success stories—engineers, nurses, teachers, and empowered individuals who once sought refuge within our walls.

Our Mission*

At Sharanalayam, our mission is simple yet profound, to provide holistic care, education, and rehabilitation to those who have been orphaned, neglected, or affected by challenging circumstances. We strive to create a nurturing environment that fosters growth, dignity, and resilience in every individual under our care.

Our Impact*

Through Thaiamma’s leadership and the collective efforts of our dedicated team, Sharanalayam has witnessed remarkable transformations. Formerly underprivileged individuals now stand as contributing members of society, a testament to the transformative power of care, education, and opportunity.

Awards*

International Womens Day 2022 Award

by Income Tax Department for the year 2022.

India Glorious Achievers Award (IGAA)

in the field of social work for the year 2021.

India 100 Women Icon Award

by India Prime women icon award 2021.

Sathanai Penmani Award

by Vasanth TV for the year 2019.

Amazing Woman Award

for the year 2019 by Woman Entrepreneurs, Madurai. TamilNadu Chamber Foundation.

Karna Award

from BNI Industrials Coimbatore on Women Entrepreneur’s Day for the year of 2017.

Exemplary Humanitarian Service Award

by P.A. Institutions Pollachi for the year 2013.

Women Achiever Award

by Vyabarigal Sangam for her works with disabled and mentally challenged adults for the year 2011.

Exemplary Humanitarian Service Award

from Rotary Club of Coimbatore for her services to the disabled and abandoned sector of this society for the year 2009.

Annai Therasa Award, Mahila Ratna Award and Kalpana Chawla Award

from Coimbatore Womens Welfare Association for the year 2007 & 2008.

Mother Saradha Devi award

for Best Social worker from Ramakrishna Missions for the year 2003.

Best President and Best Inner Wheel Club

for the year 1994- 95.

All India Women Achievers Award (AIWAA)

for Excellence in Social service for the year 2021.

Times of Excellence Award

for her Extraordinary Contribution in the field of Social service for the year 2021.

India Birla of Mahatma Award 2019

by Foxclus and Hindustan Times.

Feminine Selfless Service Award

of International women’s day at Coimbatore for the year 2019.

Gold Woman by Jewel One

for the year 2018.

Inspiration Woman Award

to outstanding service in the field of Social service to abandoned and disabled person by Nirmala College for woman for the year 2016

Invited as special invitee

by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for her service with disabled and mentally ill and abandoned HIV people.

Women Achievers Award

of Saibaba Colony Ladies Association, Coimbatore for the year 2009.

Best Service Award

from Rotary Club of Coimbatore midtown for her service to mentally challenge and HIV affected for the year 2008.

Best Service Award

for the year 2003 by Dharma Chakkara Trust.

Best Social Worker

under Women Achievers Awards by Ladies Circle India for the year 2001-2002.

Sevaa Dharmik Awards

by Latha Raja Foundation Hyderabad for the year 2023.

Recognitions*

Recognized under the charitable orphanages act of the government of Tamil Nadu.
Recognized by Tamil Nadu state Aids control Society to work for the People living with HIV/AIDS.
A FIT Institution to take under its care and Custody abandoned and orphaned Children.
Department of Social welfare recognised licensed adoption agency.

Saranya Rengaraj

Secretary, Sharanalayam

Saranya Rengaraj personifies dedication and commitment as the secretary of Sharanalayam. Her path intertwines personal experiences with a deep-rooted devotion to uplifting the underprivileged.

Foundations in Compassion and Philanthropy

From her formative years accompanying her mother to slums to her involvement with sharanalayam adjacent to her college, Saranya’s journey began with a deep-rooted passion for philanthropy. This foundation shaped her dedication, leading to significant life milestones like her marriage at Sharanalayam, reflecting her unwavering commitment to the community.

The Transition to Secretary and Institutional Commitment

Inspired by her mother’s legacy, Saranya’s commitment to Sharanalayam flourished. Her journey saw her transition from a trustee to taking on the pivotal role of secretary for sharanalayam in 2017. This evolution marked her steadfast dedication, managing a spectrum of responsibilities from donor interactions to ensuring child welfare.

Sharanalayam’s Pillar of Dedication

In her multifaceted role at Sharanalayam, Saranya Rengaraj stands as a beacon of dedication and leadership. Beyond administrative roles, she liaises with donors and prioritizes the well-being of the children, encapsulating Sharanalayam’s ethos. Her journey, characterized by heart, compassion, and resilience, continues to shape the institution’s mission and impact.

Sumi Rengaraj

Trustee, Sharanalayam

Sumi Rengaraj embodies both corporate expertise and boundless compassion as a trustee at Sharanalayam. Her journey intertwines professional excellence with heartfelt stories that underscore her unwavering commitment to our cause.

A Legacy of Compassion

Sumi’s childhood was shaped by her mother’s compassionate acts, laying the foundation for Sumi’s commitment to Sharanalayam. Her firsthand experiences, especially witnessing transformative moments like Shakthi’s progress despite cerebral palsy, ignited a fervent passion. Even after relocating to the US, Sumi’s personal ties remain strong, actively supporting her mother and Sharanalayam’s expansion efforts.

Corporate Success and Heartfelt Commitment

Sumi Rengaraj seamlessly blends her corporate expertise from Ashton Gray Investments with her unwavering dedication to Sharanalayam. Inspired by her mother’s compassionate endeavors, Sumi’s journey intertwines professional excellence with a deep-rooted commitment to uplifting the underprivileged. Her involvement, both personal and professional, ensures Sharanalayam remains a beacon of care and opportunity.

Fusing Family Values with Global Outreach

Driven by her personal connections and experiences, Sumi’s vision extends beyond geographical boundaries. Sumi remains deeply connected to Sharanalayam’s mission in India. Her leadership and dedication illuminate a path towards a brighter future, ensuring that every child finds solace and kindness under Sharanalayam’s care.

Join Our Cause

Sharanalayam isn’t just an organization; it’s a community fueled by compassion and a shared vision for a brighter future. Whether through donations, volunteering, or support in any form, you can play a pivotal role in shaping destinies and fostering hope.

Come, be a part of our journey, and together, let’s continue nurturing dreams and building a better tomorrow for those in need.