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Asha Nilayam(Special School), Ponkunnam

Asha Nilayam is a Saraswathi temple which is anxious to look forward to helping the inferior and deprived children who are excluded from the community on account of mental retardation. This training center was started on 17th June 1979 at Kanjirapally Rotary Club. The Rotary Club members think about Asha Nilayam with Rev. Fr.  Joseph Pavvathil and hand over to the diocese of Kanjirapally on March 19, 1981. The community of sacred heart who are leading  the daily activities of Asha Nilayam. On September 13, 1982, the work was further expanded and moved Asha Nilayam to the building of Karippaparambil Sri Joseph Kunju. Then the new building was constructed at the place where the Ponkunnam church was offered free for Asha Nilayam and started functioning there on 1986 may 23. Fr.Joseph Nagaroor  took the initiative  responsibly to provide land in ponkunnam.

The ultimate goal of this ashram is to develop the mentally disabled persons is a part of society , develop the ability to live basic necessities of life without the help of others, enable them to understand, accept feelings and emotions to reach emotional maturity and bring them to the mainstream of society.

For this purpose the objective is to train in music, dance, yoga, sports, cooking, labor, agriculture and sewing and also provides counseling  for mental development. 17 staff helps to train them.

Asha Nilayam focused to train in self employment  because of menteally disabled persons  less likely to get employment. These children are excellent in making cover, candles, soap, paper bag and dolls. “Asha Band Set” is the big asset in the history of Asha Nilayam in 2002.

The Asha Nilayam is moving forward with  hope for hopeless thoughts and as a learning school of love for the suggestion of the current director of Fr.Roy Mathew Vadkkel and the leadership of  principal Sr.Anila S.H.