About Pravaham

Pravaham means an "ever flowing stream". It was initiated by the Rt. Rev. Ananda Rao Samuel, former Moderator and Bishop of the Church of South India, in 1993, with a vision of a community of Peace and Justice. Pravaham is located in Palamathy Hills in Venkatapuram, a village in the Timiri Panchayat in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu, South India. It offers many programmes in Education, Health, and Christian Spirituality for the surrounding marginalized and rural and poor communities.

Board of Trustees

Mrs. Lucy Shyamsundar
Mr. Paul Divakar
Ms. Mariyamma Wilson
Mrs. Ann Rajkumar
Mrs.Swarna Rao
Mr. Yaseva alias Lawrence Vincent


Managing Trustee and Director


Pravaham is the realization of the full potential of the oppressed, marginalized and minority communities leading to a world where all people live in peace and unity based on the recognition of the dignity and sacredness of human life.

The mission of Pravaham

  • To educate, train and empower the dalits, women and other marginalized sections of the society .
  • To stand in solidarity with the poor and the oppressed in their struggles for human dignity, social justice and freedom.
  • To strengthen the internalities of leaders and communities working for a more just and humane society.
  • To dialogue with and create fellowship of people from diverse fields for justice and peace.
  • To struggle with the poor, the oppressed and the dalits in various ways to provide for their basic needs in life.

Our Belief

Pravaham believes in the vision of the Kingdom of God on earth:

Where love, peace, justice, compassion and righteousness prevail.
Where every individual is accepted, loved, respected, and cherished as a person created in the image of God, irrespective of caste, colour, class, gender, ability, wealth or status.
Where there exists seamless integration and unity across the spiritual and the material, the manual and the intellectual, the private and the public.
Where prayer, service, sharing and simplicity guide our lives and relationships.

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