Mannarkovil Sri Periyanambigal Charitable Trust is operating out of Mannarkovil village in Ambasamudram Taluk, near Tirunelveli. We are a charitable organization whose sole aim is to engage in activities that will ultimately help in the social welfare and upliftment of those people residing in suburban, rural, tribal, and remote areas. Our operations typically span the Ambasamudram-Tenkasi-Papanasam areas.
We mainly work within these geographically limited regions in order to maximise our impact and maintain operational efficiency. Our trust was registered in the year 2007. However, owing to limited manpower and resources, we did not begin any activities. There was a shortage of specialized resources to fundraising, community outreach, and basic developmental activities. The lack of technological facilities to operate from a remote region was also a major handicap in the development of the trust and its activities.
Our Trust was founded on the basis of bridging the ever-increasing demographic divided between modern urban centres and rural areas. In this regard, we propose to undertake annual programs that will support young learners in these rural areas. We consider it our mission to help those in rural areas earn a comfortable livelihood, within sustainable means and resources available in these areas. Often, we extend our philanthropic causes to feed the poor and needy people at times of need. In the context of the recent COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, our regions were also affected in many ways, when it fell upon our Trust to provide needed support for the affected individuals and families. Our aim was always to provide relief during times of personal and social distress, especially medical relief. We also focus extensively on milch animals for rural development aims - particularly cows, as agriculture is the main economic driver in these parts, and many farmers own, lease, and work with cattle extensively. Many objectives have been formulated in keeping with the visionary former president of the country and an excellent Tamil statesman Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam under his visionary PURA (Providing Urban amenities in Rural Areas) scheme.
In rural areas, cattle rehabilitation is a very crucial activity. Being an unserved and underserved area, it provides employment for a handful of people. Our Trust has had the good fortune of establishing a Goshala and laying the foundation for preserving and maintaining abandoned and old cows which were donated to us. Typically, we receive cows that are unfit for labour or breeding. Often times, they are permanently incapacitated for work and/or breeding due to injury, deformity, or are affected by incurable diseases. Our care for these animals span the spectrum from feeding them daily, regular baths and disinfection, grooming, regular medical treatment and attention to their health. This measure of protecting cows is also part of the Directive Principles of State Policy, as contained in Article 48 of the Constitution of India. To quote the Article, "The prohibition of cow slaughter is also one of the Directive Principles of State Policy contained in Article 48 of the Constitution. It reads, "The State shall endeavour to [...] prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle". Our Trust operates with the vision of upholding the constitutional values of the Republic of India.
Through the support of the Trust, a small number of children's educational and activities camps were held in various village centres in the Tenkasi-Ambasamudram areas. We gathered children during evening times and engaged them in recreational activities. To empower women, daily free tailoring classes are being held where 30+ girls/women are getting benefitted out of it. Every year, educational scholarships are awarded to deserving students.