Nele Foundation began its journey in August 2000 to provide residential care amidst a loving and secure environment, for destitute children. The foundation runs 8 centres - 5 in Bengaluru and 3 others in Mysuru, Tumakuru, and Shivamogga respectively. The foundation has changed the lives of over 260 children through the work done at these centres.
Facilities provided to the children at Nele include:
To create a hunger-free and well-cultured society that professes highest human values.
To create an organic ecosystem which can facilitate holistic development of a child by providing a conducive environment for blossoming the 'Innate Potentialities' latent in the Child.
An extremely heartbreaking sight in Bengaluru is to see children with torn clothes and dishevelled hair, lugging a dirty bag on their tiny shoulders, picking up rags from the streets. Devoid of parents' love and affection, basic education, and support from the society, these kids have no choice but to feed on the leftovers thrown around. There are thousands of vulnerable children in the city who are devoid of similar necessities, financially and emotionally. These kids often cultivate wrong habits and turn up as anti-socials. It is estimated that the city of Bengaluru alone harbours thousands of such children. As a part of the civilized society, it is our responsibility to take care of these children.
With a mission to address the challenges faced by such children, Nele Foundation began its humanitarian work. It offers a ray of hope to destitute children like rag-pickers, beggars, orphans, any other needy and neglected towards a better life. It has touched many hearts and changed many lives.
SEVA is the bedrock and guiding principle of Nele.
We strive to instil this idea within all personnel of Nele.
The central focus of Nele is 'The Child', around which all activities are woven.
The founder, Sri Ajith Kumar, a gold medalist in Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical), gave away a lucrative career and chose the virtuous path of social service at the young age of 23. Born and brought up at Gudibande, near Bengaluru, he plunged into the world of social service completely.
With his unparalleled creativity, readiness to take additional responsibilities, immense initiative and drive he raised gradually to higher ranks, simultaneously earning the love and goodwill of people around him. In the midst of his bustling activities, he learned Yoga from legendary teachers like Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar. He also learned Homeopathy and took a keen interest in learning Psychology, Anatomy and other disciplines too. His policy of “Concern for all and Attachment to none” and his voracious workaholic practices rightly earned him the nickname of “Saint in a Hurry”. He was an expert yoga practitioner and became instrumental in propagating Yoga in the Sangh circle. He authored two books – Sharira Shilpa and Yoga Pravesh which are in good demand even today.
He always cared for perfection in work and wished that any work done should bring good for all. He was a great visionary and an eminent leader who always inspired his team to work in harmony and with pleasure. His hawk eyes would never fail to identify capable individuals and he would create opportunities for them to blossom and become an asset to society. He has successfully sculpted many Sevavratis who have now become towering personalities in their own areas.
Upon seeing scores of youngsters whose immense youth power being wasted either for want of opportunity or because of lack of education he brainstormed the idea of empowering them and using their bubbling energy for the welfare of the society. His lucid understanding that these people would be a formidable force in building a strong nation made him conceive the idea of building an organization that would be a launching platform for the empowered youngsters.
While his insatiable desire to improve a lot of society grew by the day, destiny had its own cruel plan. It snatched him from our midst in a horrific road accident on 4.12.1990. The demise of the towering personality could only make his physical absence perceptible but his monumental works are conspicuously thriving everywhere to demonstrate the grandeur and gaiety of legacy he has left.