Unsung Heroes: Krishnan Profile on IBNLive

Krishnan

Earlier this year, Mark and I met with two editors at CNN-IBN to give them suggestions of people to profile for a series on the “real heroes” of India. One of the people we recommended was Krishnan, in Madurai. CNN-IBN’s report and video are now up on IBNLive.

Krishnan serves the “uncared” – the elderly, destitute, mentally unstable – providing wholesome, good food and clean water three times a day, baths, haircuts, and clean clothing. It costs Krishnan Rs. 8,000 (approximately US$ 200) a day to provide these services for 200 people – US$1 per day per person. Krishnan operates through a registered NGO (with tax exemption under section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Code) called Akshaya Trust. This year, after 5 years of unstinted service, Akshaya Trust plans to set up a residential home on the outskirts of Madurai for 200 people for an estimated cost of Rs. 95 lakhs (US$ 238,000).  We are glad to know that the donations that have come in to Akshaya Trust from the CNN-IBN story will go towards the continued care for the “uncared” of Madurai.

Shown below are some pictures of Krishnan’s clients, taken during our “ride-along” with Krishnan in January 2005.

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Krishnan may be contacted here:

9, West 1st Main Street,
Doak Nagar Extn.,
Madurai – 625 010.
Ph: +91-452-4353439, 2587104
Cell: +91-98433 19933

Email:  ramdost@sancharnet.in

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