Niramla Anbu Illam at Vialankanni, run by the Missionaries of Charity Sisters, is a home for the mentally retarded children and the dying destitute. It was started on 5 July 1984 by late Bishop Most Rev Dr Arockiasamy Sundaram of Thanjavur. Most Rev Dr S L Gabriel, bishop Emeritus of Trichy, was the Rector then. The motto of the home is to cater to the needs of the abandoned and the neglected. Today the Home has about 80 elderly people and 40 mentally retarded children as inmates. The needs of the inmates are taken care of by a community of 7 Sisters. Sr Anabelle MC is the present house superior. There can hardly be any who doesn't know what service the Missionaries of Charity are doing all over the world. Nirmala Anbu Illam at Vailankanni is another illustrious testimony to the legacy Mother Teresa has left behind. The Home located on a sprawling two acre area is the place where love is shown, shared and celebrated. The elderly in the house are fed, given medical care and prayed over - all with love and tenderness. The children are given physiotherapy and ADL (Activities of Daily Living) training. The Sisters, besides, are also involved in a Mobile Dispensary Service. The Home meets all its expenses through donations given by good hearted people. When you visit Vialankanni next time, do drop in at Nimala Ambu Illam for a few moments. You will understand why life, with all its ups and downs, still needs to celebrated.