History

The main thrust of the work of The East West Foundation of Australia has been to meaningfully engage with the rural poor and disadvantaged people at Alamparai through a range of initiatives in health care and community medicine, child welfare, education, and community development work.

A Brief History of TEWOAF

 • The East West Overseas Aid Foundation (TEWOAF) was founded in June 1992 in Australia as a volunteer driven charitable aid foundation to assist people in need overseas with health care, child welfare, education, and community development. It has worked in Papua New Guinea between 1995 and 1997, but largely in India since its inception. It has been endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the Australian Taxation Office and donations made towards its work with the underprivileged overseas are tax deductible in Australia.

• In 1993 The East West Foundation of India (TEWFI) was founded, conforming to the regulations in India to ensure transparency and accountability of all donations made in India or overseas. As a result of it proving its bonafides through its works TEWFI is recognized by the Government of India as a charitable foundation, has tax deductibility status in India, and has obtained FCRA permission from the Reserve Bank of India to receive foreign funds directly into its account.

• Since 1993 the Foundation has assisted and worked with a number of Indian NGOs and organizations and formed strong affiliations with them over the years.

• In 1994 Project Mahabalipuram was floated by TEWOAF and attracted 20 participants from around the world who donated moneys to TEWFI to enable it to form a charitable community and engage one small segment of rural India positively and meaningfully as per its charter.

• In 1995/1996, the then rather inaccessible and remote rural fishing village of Alamparai was chosen for the Foundation to engage with and make ‘a little difference’ in. This evolved into purchase of land there by the Foundation in 1996, and the provision of its first and still only primary health care at the Uluru Health Care Centre (UHCC) in 1998. It provides free health care for a population of around 15,000 people.

• In 2002, land was purchased and the building of a home for destitute and abandoned children commenced. The Uluru Children’s Home (UCH) opened and took in the first batch of children in late 2003. UCH cares for a particularly vulnerable group of female children in the Indian community. At UCH they are given the essentials of food, clothing and shelter - all in a safe, loving and caring environment. Most importantly, they have access to health care and education, which are crucial in giving them life prospects that they would otherwise be denied. Located at Alamparai village, about 100 kms south of Chennai in coastal South India, the Home is a unique venture, which has become an integral part of the local Alamparai community.

• Following the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, the Foundation established its Post Tsunami Health Care and Research Project (PTHCRP) to look after the long term psychosocial and medical care and welfare of the families in the neighbouring villages affected. Its excellent work was recognized in the Foundation being invited by the Government of India to present the work of the PTHCRP at the first National Disaster Management Conference in New Delhi in November 2006.

• All along the Foundation has been involved in community development work in Alamparai, fostering youth and self help groups in the community. Not only does the Foundation provide employment to local villagers, but it also prefers to make all its necessary purchases from local small businesses. the Foundation has also provided the local State primary school with teachers, desks, fans etc. It has also built its first toilet block at the school, which is used by more than 200 students. Thanks to the Vicki Standish e-Education Centre at the Uluru Children’s Home, the children at UCH and the other local children, as well as people of all ages, are able to receive computer lessons and access. Initiatives such as empowerment of women in the local community through education and micro-finance initiatives are already in place.


For an account of the history of The East West Overseas Aid Foundation by our Founder, Dr Natteri V. Chandran, please click here.

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