Aarogya Charitable Foundation Trust is an NGO established in 2014 with its registered office in Kottayam, Kerala and its Head office in Ernakulam,Kerala. The vision of the Trust is to be a beacon for human development - both mind and body. The Trust was formed by the coming together of committed individuals who believe in the shared vision of contributing to public health. Within the field of public health, the Trust has identified three areas where it has been active since inception. These are i) Health ii) Water & Sanitation and iii) Education. The Trust plans to conduct various activities in the aforementioned fields with a view to enhancing the public health objectives of the citizens. Some of the activities envisaged include awareness raising, community outreach, empowerment of women and youth, project management and monitoring. Community participation and stakeholder involvement is the cornerstone of Aarogyas development approach.
# To establish, maintain or grant aid to homes for the aged, orphanages, or other establishments for the relief and help to the poor, needy and destitute people,orphans and vulnerable children, widows and aged persons.
# To establish and develop institutions for the physically handicapped and disabled or mentally retarded persons and to provide them education, food, clothing or other help.
# To grant relief and assistance to the needy victims during natural calamities such as famine, earthquake, flood, fire etc and to give donations and other assistance to institutions, establishments, or persons engaged in such relief work.
# To take up programmes sponsored by the State and Central Governments and local bodies for the welfare and development of the people.
To engage in activities that lead to the uplift of the poor and destitute.
# To conduct programmes for the enhancement of health, sanitation, nutrition, education and welfare of women and children.
# To conduct programmes for the enhancement of health, sanitation, nutrition, education and welfare of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
# To take steps and measures to make social development in India meaningful to the people and improve their economic and social standards.
# To print and publish books, periodicals and leaflets for the promotion of the above objects without any profit motive.
# To arrange for lectures, conduct of seminars, training programmes, camps, educational programmes and in other way disseminate the ideals for the propagation of which this Trust has been founded.
# To establish and manage emotional support centers and help lines for youth, children, men, women and aged who are emotionally challenged and depressed.
# To collaborate with and /or assist financially or otherwise support other Institutions having objects similar to all or any of the foregoing which enjoy recognition under Income tax act 1961.
Dr. Siby Tharakan
Dr. Siby Tharakan is a Social Worker and Counselor based at Kottayam, Kerala. He is the Founder Director of Vipassana Emotional Support Centre and Founder of Aarogya Charitable Foundation Trust, Kottayam. He worked as a Programme Coordinator of Ecumenical Leadership Development Programme and Media and Communication Studies Programme of Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation (A Pan-African Training Centre) in Zambia for three years. He was previously the Assistant Director of Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore and organized several national and international consultations on
ecumenical and developmental issues. He worked as the Mission Director of St. Thomas Ashram, Attappady and was the Chief Coordinator of Arogya Poshanam Project, a nutrition programme, for the tribal children in Attappady.
Dr. Tharakan holds postgraduate degrees in Development Management from University of Wales, UK as well as in Guidance and Counseling from Annamalai University, India. Not to mention Malayalam Literature from Mahatma Gandhi University. He has published four books in English and Malayalam including one on National Water Policy and an edited work on Development Induced Displacement.
He has served as Managing Trustee of the Trust since its beginning in 2014 until December 2017 before taking a break for government service.