Our perspective

“Our Motto: ‘Help for Self-Help’ is not just empty words. It is the only dignified way to help, for the givers as well as for the receivers. We are learning this daily – and we continue to learn it better and more profoundly.”

All activities of the Shanthimalai Trust are the expression of the living compassion realised by the founders of the Shanthimalai Trust, Dr.Hugo and Anne Maier. They explained their vision of the Trust in the following way:

“Oppressed by misery and sorrow, enfeebled by suffering and want, man is paralyzed through his hopelessness. He can‘t think of anything but of his survival. In this situation, how can he turn to the higher values of life? Even the memory of them has disappeared. Having lost all faith in himself, he flees into the abyss of disbelief and superstition. The true meaning of financial help is to enable man to find out of this dull state, with its inherent fatalism. When man finds back to himself, he finds also back to his fellow beings, through re-awakened love for his neighbor! He is, once more, capable of living up to a real community life. 

Only when man knows himself as a self-confident individual, will he be able to make efforts by his own initiative to grow into his true spiritual identity. This is the ultimate aim of our material aid – that man rediscovers who he truly is, not that he loses himself once again in newly-found material well-being. When money dominates man‘s life, he is enshrouded in darkest ignorance. When it is shared, it becomes a blessing for both the helper and the helped – for the giver, as well as for the receiver. In life, it often seems that the spirit of complacency, passivity and despair, is the mightier power. But the spirit of truth, commitment and compassion has always the longer breath. To help the people here truly requires the longer breath, which can only arise from this spirit of truth, commitment and compassion. This spirit alone can bring up projects which are of lasting value.”

Our Mission

Shanthimalai Trust will strive to create opportunity for everyone in the community. The organisation works to fulfil this mission with the following strategies.

  • Education Sponsorship for children studying from classes 1 to 12
  • Health and critical needs of children and women
  • Women empowerment
  • Sponsorship for Job oriented training under Professional Training Program
  • Offer resources, supportive counselling and educate young people to improve their employability skills
  • Building a network of sustainable and scalable social enterprises that improve lives worldwide

Our Vision

“Help for Self Help” – Transforming the lives of underprivileged, providing them basic education, health, and awareness.