About Udavum Karangal (Helping Hands)

Udavum Karangal (Helping Hands) is a registered, non-governmental, non-religious and non-profit social service organization, established in 1983, with sole objective of serving people in distress who are orphans & destitutes.

Udavum Karangal centers provide individualized services, treatment, care, rehabilitation and education to almost 2000 residents.

The Bay Area chapter of Udavum Karangal has been actively raising funds to support Udavum Karangalís cause in India for over 5 years. Every year events are organized by the Bay Area chapter to both entertain and encourage community participation for a good cause. This being a completely volunteer driven chapter, has no administrative overheads and all proceeds from tickets sales and sponsorships are channeled back to benefit the family members of Udavum Karangal, Chennai. Udavum Karangalís signature annual spring event is Galaata. Galaata is very well attended with around 1500 in audience attendance. Galaata was conceptualized with the idea of promoting a fun and entertaining way to raise funds in support of a worthy cause.

Udavum Karangal's humble beginnings trace back to 1983, when Vidyaakar began his work in a voluntary counseling and guidance centre, as a professional social worker, in the slums of N. S. K. Nagar, Chennai.
Vidyakar (Papa) tending to a few children 18 years back
The journey, over two decades, for Vidyaakar and our volunteers, has been arduous, at times almost unbearable, and always immensely satisfying.
Our Residents
Children aprox. 600
Mentally Retarded/Sick aprox. 800
Women in Distress aprox. 100
Dying Destitutes aprox. 200
HIV +ve aprox. 50
Others aprox. 100

Numbers & Facts
100% Volunteer Driven
Annual Operating Cost: $600K
8% operating overhead
ISO 9001 Certified
Recipient of several National & International Awards

Like a huge and sturdy Banyan tree, the Udavum Karangal family has grown around the qualities of dedication, compassion. Each of the homes was started out of sheer necessity and each began in a small way with just a few residents. Now Udavum Karangal's reach extends across 5 centres viz; Tiruverkadu, Maduravoyal, Velappanchavadi, Teynampet & Ambattur with one center at Coimbatore.

Udavum Karangal's major sustenance.

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UDAVUM KARANGAL is a registered non-governmental non-religious and non-profit social service organization