Touch a Life,
Give Hope to Many.




Environment, waste management, energy, and water are not given much attention by the population. With devastating consequences. Shanthimalai Trust launched the “Environment Care” programme in 2022 and provided 45 lakhs for its development.

This initiative is fully aligned with local authorities and decision-makers for stronger impact: clean roads, clean water, wider use of solar energy are the “simple goals”. 

Says environmental engineer Dr. Rajasekar: “We want to pull out all the stops I learned in my many years of experience in the Indian waste and energy industry. Even if it is a mammoth task at first, we can change things for the better with combined strength. Because love for God also means love for the environment.”



GREEN EARTH MISSION: Planting and growing thousands of trees, cultivation of land, thus lessening the negative impact on ecosystems and biodiversity in the community.

INTEGRATED FARMING: Promotion of natural farming, aqua culture, agro forestry, livestock, and biogas generation using organic menure to improve soil fertility.

WASTE MANAGEMENT: Convert waste into use. Reduce, recycle, reuse. Aligned with municipalities, industry, NPOs and the private sector for effective implementation.

PLUS: Promotion of alternative energy, water augmentation and conservation, a herbal park to save herbs from extinction.

REGULAR TRAINING of all stakeholders on the above.



Our Education Programmes are built on the Vision and Values of the Founders of the Shanthimalai Trust, Dr. Hugo and Anne Maier:

We strive to transform the lives of underprivileged children by providing a holistic development space beyond academic performance, nurturing their well-being at a physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual level. The key to development is “Help for Self-Help”.

Students starting a yoga lesson at school.


WELL-BEING: Physical, mental, and social well-being as well as life-skills are as important as academic performance to live a happy life.

LEARNING CULTURE: Learning each and every day is not mere acquisition of facts for a test. Rather developing playful openness to the unknown and awareness of our fellow beings and environment. Off-line and on-line.

COMMUNICATION AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT: To know ourselves as children of Arunachala and develop self-esteem and self-expression in all aspects of life.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Over and above theory, we train children in relevant practical computer skills they will need in work-life.


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From left to right: Mr. Arun (Shanthimalai Trust), Mrs.Vijayalakshmi (Managing Trustee of Shanthimalai Trust), Mr. Thiru G. Murugesh (District Collector), Mr. Robert Hebel (Chairman), Dr. Rajasekar (Trustee).

Shanthimalai Trust was awarded by the District Administration on 26 January 2023, the 74th anniversary of the Republic of India, in recognition of its services to the underprivileged and poor inhabitants of Tiruvannamalai and surrounding area in the fields of education, health and environmental protection. The Trust was selected from hundreds of organisations operating in the region.


We Search

We are in search of opportunities to help as many young people as possible. We approach and fund  those who are in need.

We Support

Today’s youth need a helpful hand and right guidance at every stage. Here’s where we take care of them like our own.

We Care

Villagers are often unable to take care of their aged parents and others as they do not even have the proper means to take care of themselves.

We Educate

We run schools for underprivileged children and youth of daily wage workers for a better future.


We’ve worked on improving the lives of over 25,000 poor people.

Poor people from different backgrounds have a huge impact on us and all our activities. They highlight those parts of the society that are broken, so we can help them in all possible ways to regain hope and thrive in life.

Numbers that speak

Numbers push us to give in our best and make sure we go beyond our own limits. We are happy to grow and help more each single day.

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"I am a former school sponsorship student. Education support of Shanthimalai has opened up great opportunities in my life. As a Math teacher at the Shanthimalai School I'm grateful and happy to give back."
Ms. Kalpana
Krishna Madhan, a student who benefitted from the Skill Development Programme of Shanthimalai Trust. "It was an honour to receive this scholarship and I am grateful for the opportunities it has provided me."
Mr. Krishna Madhan
Software Developer
Mr. Palani (successful owner of Sri Ramana Engineering Works) was a young man in 1988 when he learned to make and repair agricultural equipment through a Shanthimalai Training Programme.
Mr. Palani