About Us

Anasuya Foundation for Women and Children was established in Chennai, India in the year 2002.  The aim is to serve the cause of underprivileged women and children of India.  More particularly, we prioritize work in the fields of Child Labour, Bonded Labour, Trafficking in Human beings, helping Women and Children in situations of Violence or serious Social Conflict, promoting the Rehabilitation of those with Physical Impairment or Disability, and generally to promote the rights of women and children as defined in the Constitution of India and International Charters.

The Foundation is currently focusing on a cluster of villages around Polambakkam in Maduranthagam Taluk of Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu. For quite some time now we have evolved a new method of "Organizing and Empowering" rural women. That method is as follows:

  1.Hold frequent meetings with women on issues which concern them vitally.

  2.Celebrate special days where a large number of women participate and take an oath about 18 as the proper age for the marriage of their daughters and the need to complete schooling upto 12th Standard. This unusual method found good space in Tamil newspapers. This point specifically refers to days like National Youth Day Republic Day, Gandhi Memorial Day, World Women's Day, Tamil New Year Day, etc. These celebrations , the participation in them by women, and especially the oath have been very effective.

 
Trustees
           
  Mr.D.K.Oza Dr.Rama Kashyap Dr.Bhooma Parthasarathy Mr.C.Antony Samy  
 

Mr. D.K. Oza belongs to the Tamil Nadu cadre of IAS and has served the government for about thirty years. He has been the Vice Chancellor of the Gandhigram Rural University in Tamil Nadu between 1990 and 1994. He has authored a book analysing three movements in India in the context of Gandhian principles. He is also a former Fulbright scholar (1991), a British Council scholar. Mr. Oza taught a summer course on Mahatma Gandhi at the Portland State University for eight years. He led a delegation of Indian Gandhians to South Africa in 1992 to suggest renewal of the Ashrams founded by Mahatma Gandhi in that country at Durban and at Johannesburg.

Mrs Bhooma Parthasarathy has been heading the Thirumalai Charity Trust since 1983. She has been responsible for all of the Trust's programmes in health, disability, de-addiction and women's empowerment, in Vellore district of Tamilnadu. She has set up three schools in Walajapet-Ranipet in the last 15 years - Vedavalli Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, Vedavalli Higher Secondary school and Vedavalli Vidyalaya.

Dr. Rama Kashyap has been a professor of social work in Madras for nearly two decades. As Danida senior program officer at the Royal Danish Embassy, New Delhi 1997 to 2004, Dr Rama was the Gender and Social Development Adviser. A position which included being coordinator for all NGO supported activities. Subsequently, she has worked with the UN for a few years. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at the Clark University, Massachusetts, USA.    

Mr. C. Antony Samy, a trained Mechanical Engineer, has devoted his entire career to the field of Disability Rehabilitation and founded India’s premier Rehabilitation Institution called “Worth Trust” at Katpadi in Vellore district. He has won several awards for his outstanding work.