‘KALANGARAI’, meaning ‘Beacon of Light’, had its birth in the process of relief and rehabilitation work initiated in Nagapattinam district following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, which occurred on 26th Dec. 2004. The district having a 116-mile coastline was the most devastated by the cataclysmic event. Of the total number of 8,018 deaths in the state, 6,065 were from Nagapattinam district.
Friends of Kalangarai is a newly formed non-profit organization in the U.S. that supports the community-based programs of Kalangarai. These programs include micro-credit self-help groups, skills training, children’s educational programs, and a community college. More than 1000 widowed and abandoned women and their families participate in these programs.
Friends is currently raising funds for the educational programs for the children and young adults. The “How to Help” page provides information on how you can make a difference in the lives of these children and young people.