10 Top NGOs in South India

NGOs are non-government organizations formed by some good souls of the society for the benefit of the nation. Only due to these NGOs, child labour has reduced to an extent and the homeless people are safe in India.

There are different types of NGOs are formed for different purposes. I have listed below some of the top NGOs in South India:

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1. The Banyan

The Banyan is one of the most popular NGOs in Chennai. It is formed for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged and neglected women. It was started by Mrs. Vandana Gopikumar and Ms. Vaishnavi Jay Kumar in 1993. It provides medicinal remedies, physical exercises; job oriented training programs, events for interacting with the public. They have a success rate of around 5000 cases so far now.
Official website.

2. Eureka Child

Eureka Child is an NGO that provides quality education to kids belonging to weaker sections of the society. This NGO was set up by old pupils of IIT and BITS Pilani in 1996. They have introduced a new scheme called Eureka Superkidz. This scheme is available in all the rural areas in Tamil Nadu. Their aim is to provide free books, play kits, writing materials, food, etc. to the children in rural areas. Also, they conduct puzzles, quizzes, activity games, etc. to make them think and actively participate in studies. They provide training in Tamil language, English, maths and science for the children. They offer free cab facilities packed with all types of dolls, activity games, balloons, animal models etc. for nursery students.
Official website

3. Sri Sakthi Trust

Sri Sakthi Trust was started in 2001 by S.P.Jothi, a social activist. It is located in Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. Its motto is to create consciousness among the rural public about physical cleanliness, importance of education, need of an employment, saving needs of money, etc. They achieve these by organizing skit and plays concerning the society. It provides self-employment opportunities and classes for mother, eco-friendly alertness etc.
Official website.

4. The Hand in Hand

The NGO known as Hand in Hand is located at Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu. Their main motive is to abolish child labour and provide refuge and education to neglected women in the society. They have tie-ups with many corporate, government institutions, banks, and foreign companies etc. to promote its services and empower the women Hand. The charity associates of Hand in Hand include Flextronics, the Swedish medical aid and water.org.
Official website.

5. Kaakkum Karangal

Kaakkum Karangal is an NGO located in Chennai that began operations in 1992. Their main aim is to provide refuge for old persons and street children. They provide medical aid to people who need them. Also, they provide education to children and employment training programs for all to earn and live. They help kids living in the streets & give them bathing kits consists of tooth brush, tooth paste, comb, soap, shampoo, dresses etc.
Official website.

6. Life Help Center

Life Help Center was set up in 1977 in Chennai & they were recognized for their services by the President of India. Their motive is to provide accommodation, education, workshops and job facilities for both mentally and physically challenged persons. They provide job-oriented training to mentally retarded persons. The training include Cover making, leather tailoring, carpenting etc. for adults. They then sell the finished products at cheaper rates for needy people in the society. They also collaborate with Southern Railways in providing social services. They have a special room for physically challenged women & also train them to make orthopedic supporting devices for themselves.

7. Naam Foundation

Naam Foundation was formed in 2010 by Maniratnam, the film director and his wife Suhasini. This NGO takes care of neglected women in the community including widows, unmarried women, single mothers etc. They provide job-oriented training to needy women and provide education to their children. They provide free medical check up for women and their families & also provide counseling and training programs for motivating them.
Official website.

8. Bhumi

Bhumi has a large number of young volunteers from the society. Their aim is to provide education to orphan children in under-developed areas. Their well wishers include Google, SBI, Tech Mahindra foundation etc. The social schemes include planting trees on roads to make the city green and also make to make it free of  ad stickers.
Official website.

9. Mithra

Mithra is one of the popular NGOs for mentally and physically challenged persons in Chennai & it was founded in 1977. They provide free education up to the age of 16. They provide facilities for self-employment like canteen services for women and light engineering work for men including cover making, doll making, carpentry etc & have their own hospital to provide medical treatment to needy people of the society.
Official website.

10. Agaram Foundation

Agaram is an NGO founded by Surya, the Tamil film actor in Chennai in 2006. They provide student scholarships to needy and eligible children. They provide free training programs for aptitude and personality development of poor children. Every member of Agaram Foundation has to sponsor education for at least one child in future.
Official website.

11. Udhavum Karangal

Udavum Karangal (Helping Hands) is a registered, non-governmental, non-religious and non-profit social service organization, established in 1983, with the sole objective of serving people in need.

Official website.


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  • I am also doing a volunteer role in “Vazhai” NGO….I neither heard and nor met like this Kind of NGO…they are doing really a big impact to the students in terms of Education & Values. I really proud to be a part of it……

    Vazhai was founded by a group of First Generation College Graduates in April 2005 who wanted to pay back to the society in terms of education,Life Skills, Social Responsibility, Mentoring and Career guidance to children in remotest parts of Tamilnadu. Like a plaintain tree that nurtures its sapling, Vazhai attempts to nurture school children in the remotest parts of Tamil Nadu.With helping hands from all the fields, Vazhai is now entering into its Eleventh year with 100 students at Dharmapuri and Villupuram districts of Tamilnadu.

    Vision

    To empower underprivileged rural students with education and values.

    For more Info….www.vazhai.org

  • Hi, Iam representing a company, where the main objective of the company is to provide credit for promotion, expansion and commercialization of enterprises engaged in agriculture, allied and rural non-farm activities. We are providing support for livelihood/ income generating activities by extending credit to Panchayat Level Federations, Trusts, Societies and Section 25 companies/ MFIs for on-lending to its member SHGs/ JLGs.

  • Hi Karthik,

    Good Work. Best of luck fpr all ypour works,

    I am working as Law reasrcher in one of the Companies in Gurgaon. We do social audits in various districy, city/village in Chennai. Can you provide me with some deatils and contact number of NGO who can guide me about the minimum living wages for the labour or factory workers.

    Hoping and waiting for the reply

    • Hi Smita,

      Nice knowing about your work. I wish I could help, but at this moment, I’m not sure about that kind of data/work. However, I will be mindful of it and see if I can find any contacts. Feel free to contact me via email. Thanks.

  • Can you suggest me an NGO that is providing medicine support for people with epilepsy.

    I am an epileptic since birth and still taking medicines at 50. did my neurosurgery six years back and but still experiencing seizures.

    • Hi Hari,

      Sorry to hear about it but I’m glad you are keeping well and fighting it. I currently do not know of any NGO (although I’m pretty sure there are some) that I can recommend now. But I will keep it in mind and should I find one, will definitely get back to you. Thanks for dropping by. Take care! 🙂

  • Hi Mani Can you please help me in identifying some NGO’s working in women empowerment and entrepreneurship in kerala state

    • Shraboni, it’s pretty easy. Choose a line of work that makes you happy and contact an NGO that does it. There are several options with the above mentioned ones. Try contacting them.

  • Sir my relation brother is transcender aged about 51 now he wants peace full life they are very poor he is willing to do any type of work, he needs shelter and food, kindly do the needful.

      • SKY FOUNDATION is a Registered Charitable Trust Established in 2012, with activities in villages around Kancheepuram District.
        Vision; Be a small part of the larger vision of
        an India where economic/income generation opportunities
        are available to all, regardless of caste, creed, gender or
        other historical or geographical circumstances.
        Mission : Act as a donor intermediary in
        funding community driven initiatives in the areas of
        education, health, development, and social welfare; and
        support relief and rehabilitation efforts in times of natural or
        man-made disasters.

        Mission : Act as a donor intermediary in
        funding community driven initiatives in the areas of
        education, health, development, and social welfare; and
        support relief and rehabilitation efforts in times of natural or
        man-made disasters.
        Major Activities and Achivements of SKY FOUNDATION
        Tree Plantation, Free Vetrinary Camps, Toboco Awareness, AIDS Awareness , Free Medical Camps, Education Promotion, Education Career Guidance.

  • My name is Remya studying in 4th cse In PSNCET,Tirunelveli.. My friend Pulary Prakash was suffering financial crisis after her fathers death… She want to pay 79000 as final year fee before july 1 2016. We dont have any other way to pay the amount.
    Can you please tell me which NGO will help us??

  • Dear Mani,

    Can you suggest which NGO will help to poor lady , who meet in accident & she is coma stage, since she has 2 kits her husband working as toiler , they need help for hospitalization kind of things only.

    • Neetu, find out what you are compassionate about and what drives you. This is something you might be doing for the rest of your life, with no rewards, recognition, anything. There are many options, but choose one that’ll make you smile and be happy as a person.

  • Thanks Manikarthik for your service, I am doing referral services for Differently abled students in Trichy. .

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  • Well curated. But, the list does not end here. There are NGOs like Annamrita, Child Aid Foundation, Holy Cross Educational Association in South India who too are doing great job in their respective fields.

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