Who We Are

Idhayangal charitable trust was initially founded by a group of Indian doctors working in the UK in 2004. The aim of this organization was to give a helping hand to poor people, especially children in need of medical aid, in India. The four founding trustees were Dr.Krishnan Swaminathan, Dr.Suresh Mathavakannan, Dr.Sabapathy Prakash and Dr.Nambi, all of whom were working as Consultants in the UK.

The trust was started with Rupees 800 and by 2011, Idhayangal had done projects worth Rs 80 lacs in India. Since the managing trustee, Dr.Krishnan Swaminathan had moved to India, Idhayangal UK was dissolved in 2011. Seven years worth of projects has inspired the Idhayangal team to continue our work in India. We take great pride in ensuring that every single rupee goes to our projects.

Dr.Sujeetha Damodaran and Mr.Guru Moorthi have joined our team here to give a fresh impetus to our goals. Idhayangal (India) is a registered Indian Charity. Our aim is to make a positive difference to our society, encompassing a wide range of issues including healthcare, education and quality of life to the underprivileged. Together, lets make a difference and in the words of Mahatma, let's be the change that we wish to see in this world

Vision & Mission

To provide funding for any medical, surgical or psychological treatment in children and adults from poor socioeconomic background in India.

To support deserving children and adults with type 1 Diabetes with funding for medical, surgical, psychological and social support.

To create awareness amongst the general public by conduct of meetings, seminars and conferences that makes a positive contribution to those with type 1 diabetes.

To support research into both prevention and cure type 1 Diabetes.

To engage qualified medical men, specialists, teachers, Instructors and other staff to run medical camps, hospitals, welfare homes, relief camps and centres.

Our Dream

No child with type I diabetes from the poor socio-economic status should die or suffer for want of money to buy the best insulins and consumables

No child should suffer for want of money to get the best treatment if they are admitted in hospital with diabetic emergencies

To find a cure for Type 1 diabetes

To support use of technologies, especially insulin pumps and monitoring devices that reaches the poorest of our patients

Supporting education encompassing school and college education, especially for poor girls with type 1 diabetes

Increase awareness in the community about type 1 diabetes and remove the stigma associated with this condition

Diabetes Education to prevent complications

To make these children contribute to society positively when they grow up as adults

Dr.Krishnan Swaminathan

Dr.Krishnan Swaminathan is currently a Consultant Endocrinologist at the renowned KMCH Hospital, Coimbatore. He completed his undergraduate medical education from Madras Medical College (1989-95). He completed his higher specialist training in Diabetes & Endocrinology from renowned centres including Guy's & St.Thomas Hospital, London, Addenbrooke's hospital, Cambridge and Ninewells Hospital, Scotland. He passed his MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians) in 1999 and was awarded FRCP by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2009. He completed his Research MD in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He is the founding trustee of Idhayangal Charitable Trust, a registered charity that has funded approximately 70 lacs for various charitable causes especially for poor children in India. Idhayangal was born in Scotland and had moved to Madurai & now to Coimbatore under his guidance. He has been closely involved in identifying and carrying out deserving projects throughout India and raising valuable contributions to projects. He is passionate about making a difference to the society, especially to the underprivileged children with type 1 diabetes.

Dr.Sujeetha Damodaran

Dr.Sujeetha Damodaran currently works as a Director, Allied Health Sciences, KMCH, Coimbatore. She completed her undergraduate medical education from Coimbatore Medical College and went through higher specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in United Kingdom. She is a Member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has always been an inspiration behind the development of Idhayangal Charitable Trust and has been a valued advisor on various projects. She is extremely passionate about making a difference especially to girls with type 1 diabetes in terms of education and support.

Jayashri Murali

Jayshri Murali is a Senior Advocate based at Bengaluru with roots at Coimbatore. She is passionate about Type 1 diabetes, especially among rural underprivileged children across India. She is closely involved with the legalities of the trust, due diligence, processes and fund raising. She has been instrumental in streamlining the workings of the trust to ensure absolute transparency and integrity. She has been instrumental in raising funds through corporate sponsors that has been transforming for plenty of young children with Type 1 diabetes across Tamilnadu and Karnataka.

Prof A Muruganathan

Prof Muruganathan based at Tiruppur has huge academic credentials across India. As Past President of IMA Tamilnadu State branch and Associations of Physicians of India (API), Prof Muruganathan brings in a wealth of experience to Idhayangal, especially towards educating doctors across the nation in Type 1 diabetes. As a past Rotary Governor, he has been extremely instrumental in Rotary Clubs adopting children with Type 1 diabetes across Tiruppur districts.