Vocational Training Centre for Women
This Centre was established in 1999. It provides a year-long free diploma course to about 25 women to acquire skills in weaving, tailoring, embroidery etc. They are enabled to find jobs or become self-employed. The scope of vocational training is being expanded to cover other areas. Recently, a short course was conducted for ex-students of Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School (OMHS) to enable them to work as electricians.
Social Welfare Centre (SWC) - Day care for children
SWC provides free day care to about 100 children in the age group of 3-5 enabling their parents to go for productive work. The children are well looked after; are provided with nutritious meals and health care; and are taught nursery rhymes, games, songs, dance, and alphabets.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (HPB) Hostel for boys
The boys' hostel at Besant Gardens, Adyar, founded in 1971 and named after H.P. Blavatsky, houses about 25 boys from disadvantaged families, in the age group of 10-16 years. Boarding and lodging is free. It is sponsored by members of The Theosophical Society in various countries. They are also given parental care and general guidance in studies and activities by the Warden on campus. Their daily activities include yoga, meditation, exercise, games, prayer and listening to edifying stories. The boys also do gardening work around the Hostel cottage.
Access to Health Care
Help is extended to mothers and children with the assistance of the Theosophical Order of Service (TOS).
Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary
In 1968, The Theosophical Society erected a building in the Besant Gardens premises of the Society at Adyar for running an animal dispensary, with facilities for hospitalization when necessary. In 2000, Mrs Radha Burnier inaugurated the new Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary in the same location. It has 1 veterinarian and 20-30 volunteers, and it treats an average of 20 animals per day, including dogs, cats, a variety of birds such as parrots, pigeons, poultry, but also cattle and buffalo. On several rare occasions the dispensary has treated a camel, an elephant and a pony. Approximately two thousand cases of minor surgery are carried out each year, which include animal birth control procedures. Animals are also vaccinated against rabies. Around 10,000 animals are treated every year. The Dispensary also conducts an Outreach Programme within a radius of 100 kilometers from Chennai, to treat many different animals in distant villages with no access to veterinary help.