Mother Teresa said ‘Helping hands are better than praying lips’. Members of Mithran foundation seem to follow that principle, says Vipasha Sinha
To run a charity and make people believe in it can be challenging. Often genuine NGOs are clubbed with money-driven ones. Twenty-seven-year-old A. Baby Charles, the founder of Mithran Foundation, is aware of this. And he is determined to overcome such obstacles and even greater ones to reach out to as many underprivileged children as possible. He says: “We are a small team of six trustees and a few volunteers. I would rather use the funds for the charity rather than create a brand,” Charles, who is the adopted son of Mithran Devanesan, a popular name in the theatre world.
Started in 2011, the foundation provides underprivileged children with basic amenities, education and most importantly, love and care. “We contribute to the Shelter Home in Saint Thomas Mount that takes care of HIV infected kids and adults and raise funds to meet their daily expenses. We also provide yearly scholarships to 15 girls from Northwick Girls Hostel, Royapuram, run by CSI Diocese of Madras. The scholarships include fees, books, toiletries and other accessories. Bethany Home, a shelter for battered women and children, receives all basic amenities from the foundation. We also help out nearly 60 boys of St. Pauls Boys Hostel, Vepery, and give them provide tuition classes. We are currently sponsoring two children at Monahan hostel, Royapettah.”
There are many other children they have identified by the foundation who need a home. Mithran is looking out for donors to meet their needs. “We understand the concerns of the people. To make them realise that their money is being utilised the right way, we encourage them to come to our hostels and hand over the goodies themselves. In fact, we have had people come down and distribute stationary, books and clothes to the children. It’s worth the time and effort, because to see the smile on the children’s their faces is priceless,” says Charles, who invites his friends to celebrate their children’s birthdays and other festivals.
Charles wishes to open a home for orphans and provide them with all the love and care. “Currently, there are 30 children in need of a home who are temporarily being accommodated in various shelters and orphanages which do not give them access to education. We are working towards giving them a safe home in the city, provide them a place they can call their own home.”
For Charles, his father Mithran Devanesan was a friend, mentor and guide and through the foundation he wants to fulfill his father’s dreams and make him proud. Mithran has started the Anjar Project that came to a stop after his demise. Charles is continuing the good work through the Foundation and he hopes to make his father proud. The trustees of the foundation include Gopi Nair, Nanda Devanesen, Thenmozhi, Muhammad Arshad and Layeequlla Baig.
Those who wish to be a part of the foundation can contact Charles at 98414 95497 or Gopi Nair at 93819 11977.