Monday, May 19, 2008

A soldier for society - Dr. Pillai

19th May 08, Indian Express, Mumbai reports about the man at the helm of IDF.

A Soldier for Society

At the age of 80, this man wants the Indian Development Foundation to continue bringing change through an army of volunteers, not fundraising

A soft-spoken man dressed in a humble white veshti and kurta greets visitors with a childlike smile at his office-cum-residence in Jogeshwari. Quite proudly, he says: "I gave up ties and coats a long time back. I can connect better with the average poor man dressed this way."

Meet Dr Ananthan Ramakrishna Pillai, president and founder of Indian Development Foundation (IDF), formerly known as Indian Leprosy Foundation. As the organization turns 25, the octogenarian ARK Pillai is readying to launch 'Project Goodness', an initiative to make available basic education, health and development facilities to all, through the establishment of additional IDF gurukuls, bridge schools for rag-pickers and street children, arranging health camps and blood camps, honouring leprosy cured persons and networking with other NGOs to achieve the mission.

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IDF thank The Indian Express team for the excellent news coverage. Communication is the key. We are confident this report will bring more soldiers to the IDF's fold for making a better India !

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