Hi, my name is Nalini Ramaraj and I’m from India.
When I was small, my mom would always say I was very ‘sociable’ (translate – very talkative!) and that even at age five, I had friends from ages 5 to 60!
Always curious about what was happening around me and with a strong sense of compassion, helping others in need seemed only natural.
After marriage to my wonderful husband Ramaraj, we were blessed with 2 beautiful daughters Obu and Vani and life seemed perfect. Then a son, born mentally challenged, changed my whole perspective on life. 10 years with him, until he passed on, gave us yet another insight into love, patience and caring.
In 2000 ‘SIMEC’,’ Salem Institute For Mentally Challenged Children’, was born. An NGO and service organization, we have so far helped hundreds of mentally challenged children, many for free. Having personally experienced the pain and heartbreak of having a differently abled child, no one could say, “You don’t know what it’s like,” because I’d say, “Oh yes, I do!”
As a social activist, I’m now drawn to the education of underpriviledged girls, single mothers, orphans… At the moment we are providing fees and other assistance for 8 children ranging from kindergarten to college. We also visit educational institutions and advise the children on various issues ranging from depression due to social and economic issues, self confidence, hygiene and the importance of continued education.
To relax, I read, write, garden, and have recently resumed playing the veena, a very challenging 7 stringed musical instrument, played by Saraswathi, the goddess of art and learning herself. I’m also an excellent cook and love to entertain.
Visiting seniors at Care Centers, sometimes taking along a little something for them and also going to orphanages just to spend time with the toddlers and young children is very close to my heart.
The opportunity to contribute to ‘1000 Ripple Effects’ is another avenue to continue doing what I love - helping others.
I’m happy to be able to say that my daughter Obu Ramaraj follows these ideals and is also a contributor to ‘1000 Ripple Effects’.