Marion Play Home is a premier institution in Trivandrum, Kerala, for children needing special care.
Martha Mariam Samajam of the Malankara Orthodox Church in the Trivandrum Diocese decided in 1983 to
register a Society to coordinate its charity activities and consequent to this, the Martha Mariam Social
Service Society was formed. Gradually, the idea to set up an organization to provide special training and
offer rehabilitation activities to mentally challenged children was developed into the establishment of
Marion Play Home.
H. G. Geevarghese Mar Dioscoros, the first Metropolitan of the Trivandrum
Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Church, was the driving force behind
this noble project.
The School started functioning in 1990 in a rented building with 4 students and 2 members of staff. Today
Marion Play Home is a fully fledged school with 80 students and 22 staff members, operating from its own
campus at Mannanthala, Trivandrum. The school has limited hostel accommodation for 25 boys and girls.
The rest are day students who are brought to the school in the morning and taken back to their homes in
the school bus. Most of the students are from economically weaker sections of our Society and no fee is
charged to parents who cannot afford it.
The Diocesan Metropolitan is the President of the Martha Mariam Social Service Society and His Grace is also
the Manager of the School. The General Body and an elected Executive Committee make policy decisions. These
two bodies are assisted by a School Committee selected mainly from the executive committee. The School Committee
meets regularly to oversee the day to day running of the school.
Our current President/Manager is H G Dr Gabriel Mar Gregorios.
As we receive no grant from the Central Government, we depend entirely on donations from well-wishers locally
and abroad to meet the expenses for the running of the school. We need at least Rupees Twelve Lakhs
(Rs. 1,200,000/-) annually to meet all the expenses for food, staff salaries and general maintenance of the
school. The Society coordinates the fund raising activities like bake sale, raffles and direct appeals to the
friends of Marion Play Home.
The syllabus followed at the school is prescribed by the National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped.
Montessori kits are extensively used. Admission to the school is carried out after a brief medical assessment.
IQ tests are conducted at regular intervals to assess the students' capacity to comprehend and respond and to
place them in largely homogeneous groups. There is also provision for students who make very good progress to
continue their education in mainstream schools.
The school employs teachers who have special training in teaching and managing children needing special care.
They regularly attend refresher courses and seminars to upgrade their professional knowledge.
The school attaches great importance to co-curricular activities like athletics, games, dancing and painting.