Residents of Slum Dweller's Centre, Velachery
The Pavement Dweller's Rehabilitation Centre at Velachery, Chennai, was built under the auspices of the World Bank and Tamil Nadu SLum Clearance Board. There are 2640 houses providing shelter to over 6000 erstwhile street and slum dwellers.
GEMS FOUNDATION has been entrusted by the TNSCB and the Madras Corporation to onduct several vocational training projects at Velachery. GEMS has built two large halls within the Rehabilitation Centre on sites leased by the TNSCB. The halls are used as centers for community development services.
The Thiruvalluvar Hall was inaugurated in March 1994 by the former President of India, Shri. Venkataraman, who is also the Honorary Chief Patron of GEMS FOUNDATION.
The opening ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi Hall was attened by the then British Deputy High Commissioner, M. David Cockerham, Padmasree Kamalahasan, and many other dignitaries.
GEMS health clinics have been functioning at Saidapet and Adabakkam, to cater the health needs of the community since 1993.