June 5, 2017

Avvai Home - Chennai

Chennai city in Tamil Nadu state of India has given many eminent personalities to this country. Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi is one among them. Dr. Reddi was a notable social reformer and a popular medical practitioner. She was the first woman legislator in British India and was the first female student to be admitted into a men's college. Although she was born in Pudukkottai, she performed all her social activities in Chennai. Hence, she is very much part of the city.



Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi, who worked for the welfare of women, founded Avvai Home in Besant Avenue in 1930 CE. It was started to provide shelter for the abandoned women and orphans, irrespective of caste and creed. The land in which the Home was started belong to Arunachaleswarar Temple of Tiruvannamalai. The land was leased for 50 years just for the fee of Rs. 10 per month.

Avvai Home started an elementary school in the beginning. The boarding and lodging for the girls were provided free of cost in the Home. Later, the school was upgraded to Higher Secondary School. A Teacher's Training Institute was also started by the Home later.

Avvai Home still stands in Chennai as an evidence of great service to the society by the eminent lady, Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi.

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