Kalanjiyam is a non-government organization (NGO) based in Chennai with a vision to bring about a society where future generations are healthy, have attained educational success and are able to make more informed choices for an improved quality of life

Kalanjiyam was founded in 2006 with the vision of developing a community development model where  the core guiding principle is the involvement and ownership of the community in the process of development

Work Location

Kancheepuram.gifWe work primarily in the state of Tamil Nadu with 40 villages to raise awareness and help solve issues on health, education and youth development. Our community development initiative is currently focused in rural areas of Kancheepuram district: Maduranthakam Taluk, mainly in Lattur and Maduranthakam blocks.

Our Programs

Education Programs
TNF Projects
Youth Skill Development
Bioscope Programs
IEC Programs
Health and Hygiene

Leagal Status

m is registered as a Trust under the Indian Trust Act (Registration No.1414/IV).

Donations to Kalanjiyam are Tax Exempt under 80G section of Trust Act and approved under 12 AA.

Kalanjiyam has FCRA Registration – Number:075901262

Model and Approach

Kalanjiyam forms a village committee (VC) in every adopted village, consisting of core set of members from local villages to act as change agents for driving process of development. The VC works to identify priorities, planning and implementation of Kalanjiyam programs and works together with local leaders, link persons identified in each of our villages and other community members, to ensure involvement and ownership in the programs.

Kalanjiyam acts as a catalyst to drive rural communities into action empowering them with information, skill building and support to strengthen existing programs. We enroll and train young men and women from local villages to implement the programs. Being local village members, they have a greater stake in their community’s  development and are more effectively able to enlist and mobilize local communities.

Our Team

Who’s behind the scenes?

Raja Shanmugathan
Media Professional
Education Consultant.
Shreedhar Rajaram
Tamil Nadu, India
Founder, Maithri Educational and Charitable Trust, Tamilnadu
Kavita Thirumalai
Krishna Bharat
IT Professional, Google.
Vishwanathan Gurunathan
Independent Professional
Nagarajan Ramakrishnan
Prasad Ramanan
IT Professional and Young Entrepreneur.