The Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) is a not-for-profit, non-religious, non-political, voluntary organization. It was founded in 1984 by a group of like- minded young medicos from the Government Medical College, Mysore.
In its initial years, the SVYM ran two rural dispensaries at Chinnadagudihundi and Thumnerale villages. In due course, it was decided to concentrate efforts in a single location. Accordingly, the SVYM opened a clinic at the Brahmagiri Tribal Colony in 1987. Six years later, this clinic was shifted to Hosahalli Tirbal Colony, where it would benefit a greater number of people.
As time passed, the SVYM realized that healthcare was just one aspect of bettering the tribals' lives. Sustained enrichment could be achieved only through education, a steady earning and saving capacity, a broader social outlook and a realization by the tribals that their tomorrow could be better than their today.
Responding to these and other needs, the SVYM now runs a 10-bed hospital at Kenchanahalli and a 40 bed Multi Speciality Hospital at Saragur. Further outreach services are provided through mobile health units. The Viveka Tribal Centre for Learning at Hosahalli, a semi-residential school, provides quality education to over 400 children. And Community Development Programmes, which aim to create self-sufficiency through pooled resources and education, are held regularly.
At present education is provided for 444 students, in grades 1-10. Hostel facilities are provided along with school uniforms, educational & sports materials and mid-day meals. In addition, emphasis is placed on vocational training, health & sports activities, and promotion of tribal culture & environmental awareness.