‘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 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.