The History

In 1995 a school called Nightingale Matriculation School had to be closed down for want of space. It was run in a rented premises. Most of the children were from the neighbourhood Kotturpuram slum area in Chennai city (Madras), S.India. The distressed parents, staff and children approached the then Mrs. Nirmala VasanthKumar (presently JSN. Nimmu Vasanth) an engineer, software specialist and social activist to help overcome their problems. When she tried with various people, the general impression brought was to commercially run the school. As a social activist, it was hard to give up the ideals and vowed to help the poor for education upliftment. Economic policies and budgets kept coming. But the income remained the same for those economically backward population. Seeing the children’s poor health conditions, their parents' economic struggle and unhygienic environment, it was to decided to take up all the issues bundled into one. Thus born the foundation FICAS in 1995.

 

Down the Memory Lane

     

Children in anxious moments before vacating the Nightingale school premises. (Year - 1995)
 
School Renamed as 'Blossom Matriculation School' with furnitures not finding a roof. (Year - 1995)
     

 
Children accommodated in and around hired shelters to continue schooling (Year – 1995)
     

960 sq.ft land was allotted by Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB, S.India). Simple shed was errected it was fully packed with Children (Year – 1996)
 
The shed gave way due to periodical weather changes. In the same place, new shed with proper foundation was built-up after fund raising. Late Shre V.V.Raman, a leading industrialist was the 1st donor of INR 50,000/- for the building. It was named after him as "RAMAN'S BLOCK".The school was rechristened as Vidya Nivas School (Year - 2001)
 
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