“Social responsibility of business is not optional, but obligatory” – Our founders created TCT in 1970 with this intention and a vision to support the communities they worked in.
Thirumalai Charity Trust completed 50 years of service in 2020.
In the early years, TCT supported health and education projects sponsored by reputed institutions in Mumbai and Chennai. TCT began its service in Tamil Nadu in 1983, with a medical centre at Thiruvalam, Vellore (then the North Arcot District). In 1988, based on this experience, the trust started a community based health and development project with women volunteers from the local area and community based management of all programmes. The charter expanded to suit the context and needs of the community, and its programmes made significant contributions to improve rural conditions.
The close involvement with the rural people through the years helped us understand their different needs. With this understanding, and growing root in the area, TCT’s project portfolio grew to include alcoholism Deaddiction, study and recreation centres for school students, self-help groups and microfinance, veterinary care, primary health care, education, etc.
As the programs grew, the geographical reach of our programs also expanded. Starting with one medical centre in one village, TCT now serves over 1,60,000 people in the Ranipet and Vellore districts. As some programmes grew, some shrank, as the community developed and changed. With its deep roots in the community, TCT has been able to ensure that the services it provides are both necessary and not redundant, changing with the times.
With the starting of the Thirumalai Mission Hospital in 2010 and its constant expansion, besides providing quality healthcare out-patient and in-patient services in many departments, we are able to address many major problems in the community with relevant programmes.
As we look back on our 5 decades, we are confident that we will be able to continue our service to the community by matching their needs with our philosophy of responsible and ethical care.