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 Children  India Project #24545

Support Abandoned Mentally Challenged Children

by Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust Vetted since 2009 Top Ranked Site Visit Verified
Support Abandoned Mentally Challenged Children


Sri Arunodayam is a home for abandoned mentally challenged children in India. The home was founded in 2002 as a registered public charitable trust. In 2008 it was recognized as a Reception Unit by the State Government of Tamil Nadu. Sri Arunodayam rescues, cares for and rehabilitates mentally challenged children who have been abandoned by their families.

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In India, extreme poverty and a lack of awareness and access to resources prompt parents to abandon their mentally challenged children. Children are abandoned in public places such as hospitals, bus and railway stations, and even in dustbins! Child Welfare Committees, the Police and India's ChildLine services bring such children to Sri Arunodayam where they are nurtured, restored to health, and rehabilitated. At present we have 106 children in our care.


Sri Arunodayam is one among very few homes that actually accommodate abandoned mentally challenged children. Most other homes act as day care centers which are funded by the parents. In our case, parents have completely abandoned their children, so we undertake to give them the home environment that they are missing. This means that we are solely responsible for their well-being, providing good food, accommodations, medical care, education, physiotherapy and vocational training.

Long-Term Impact

Sri Arunodayam has built its foundation on humanitarian values that uphold the dignity and rights of such children. We offer them the opportunities and rehabilitation programs that regular children receive because we want them to enjoy as normal a life as they possibly can. Through rehabilitation programs, we help them become more self-reliant and gain self esteem as they become productive citizens of society.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Sri Arunodayam's official website
Short film on Sri Arunodayam's work with children
Sri Arunodayam is building a new home for girls
Volunteering opportunities at Sri Arunodayam

Organization Information

Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @sri_arunodayam
Project Leader:
Iyyappan Subramanian
Founder Managing Trustee
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
$47,155 raised of $50,000 goal
634 donations
$2,845 to go
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