The Madras Mar Thoma Charitable Trust is a charitable trust registered with the Registrar, Periamet, Chennai and also with the Income Tax Dept. under Sec 12 AA of the Income Tax Act. The objectives of the Trust are to extend a helping hand to the needy and empower the villages of India. The Trust is running a Destitute Home for the women above 65 years since 1996 and running an English Medium Nursery and Primary School for the children from five villages in and around Kiloy in Sriperumbudur since 2006. This apart the students of the villages who study in higher classes are provided free tuition and snacks in the evenings.
The Trust is registered with Govt. of Tamilnadu (vide No. 414/IV of 1996) and also with the Income Tax Department (vide No. DIT(E) 2/96-97). It has been granted exemption under Section 80G of the IT Act vide letter dated DIT(E) 2(290)/96-97 dated 18.08.2009, automatically renewed year after year.
Projects of the Trust :
Asha Bhavan, the Home for the aged is situated in Kiloy Village of Kancheepuram District, about 2 KM from Sriperumbudur Town. The first phase was completed in 1996 at a cost of Rs.14 lakhs. It was inaugurated on January 26, 1997 by Mr. S.Vidyakar, Founder Director of "Udavum Karangal", Chennai. The second phase of expansion was in 1999 at a cost Rs.7.5 lakhs. The capacity was increased to 24 and more infrastructures were added. The Third phase of the Asha Bhavan was completed in the year 2009 at a cost of Rs. 22 lakhs and present capacity is 40 beds.
Asha Bhavan is run by voluntary contributions from benevolent members of the Trust and well wishers. It accepts sponsorships of inmates, endowments, donations and contributions for special meals / breakfast on occasions like birthdays, weddings and so on. ASHA BHAVAN ADDS LIFE TO YEARS
Mar Thoma Nursery and Primary School is sharing the campus with Asha Bhavan in Kiloy Village of Kancheepuram District. The school caters the children of Kiloy, Vailur, A N Kandigai, Ulandai and Thodukadu villages. Most of the parents do not have the means to provide quality education to their children. The need for quality education to be imparted to these villages was a burning desire of the Trust. The realization of the need for quality education to the villagers was noticed by the trust from the very first year of its operation. The Trust had very limited means hence venturing into educating the children were postponed. With the limited means the Trust started its School in an informal way in the year 2006. The intention is “to provide the fishing rod to the villagers”. Thus born The Marthoma Nursery and Primary School in 2006 and is recognized by the Govt. of Tamilnadu.
The importance of providing English Medium and quality education was the primary concern of the Trust. English being the medium of business communication, the Trust decided to have an English medium school. The intention was to make these village children competitive and should not be made second class citizen for want of English language skill. Most of the parents are farmers and their income and education were limited. There are many illiterate parents and for the literate ones education was only up to Standard V.
The Trust realized the importance of holistic development of the child through physical and psychological development of the students. Hence to provide education not only confining to class room but also including character building, hygiene, punctuality, Personality Development etc. A holistic development of the children is the motto of Marthoma Nursery and Primary School.
The cherished objective of the school is to equip the boys and girls in the villages with knowledge, in all subjects perfected with character and true sense of human values from very young age. Our aim is to run a full-fledged Primary School with infrastructure facilities for all round development of children in English medium along with imparting knowledge in the mother tongue.
At present the school runs classes from L.K.G. to Std. V with about 150 children. The complete needs of these children including uniforms, books, bag etc are provided by the Trust. The generous support of Trustees and the well-wishers made these a reality, thus far.