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Welcome to Karunai Illam

The Karunai Illam Trust is a New Zealand incorporated charitable trust. It was set up to support the work of Jean Watson, a Wellington writer, who in 1987  established a children’s home in Nilakottai, Tamil Nadu, south India.

DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!
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DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!

The nursery/primary school started on the premises of the old hostel building has completed 10 years! Starting with just a few children, the school roll now boasts 331 children and well over a dozen teachers and staff. The school is now a well established model school in Nilakottai and an initiative we at KIT are very proud of. 

The anniversary event in January 2018 was marked by cultural programmes performed by the children; several former teachers felicitated; and the walls carried a pictorial display of the history of the school as well as learning resources developed by the school’s teachers under the leadership of Mr Raghavan. Parents and local community attended the celebrations inaugurated by Dr. Pankajam, Educationist, Gandhigram. Other guests included Mr Vasi, DHAN head. 

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  • DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!
  • DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!
  • DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!
  • DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!
  • DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!
  • DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!
  • DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!
  • DHAN Karunai Illam school celebrates 10th year anniversary!

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Illam Fund Raising Dinner!!!


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Illam Fundraising Dinner!!!

Illam Fundraising Dinner

Authentic Indian Vegetarian meal

Tickets $25 Adults, $10 Children.

Saturday 18 June, at the Indian Cultural Centre, 48 Kemp St, Kilbirnie

Two dinner time options 5.30pm (and out at 7pm) or 7.30pm (and finish at 9pm)

More details to follow, but for now …. Save The Date of Sat 18 June and start thinking about getting a group together to attend this event and support our charity.


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Our children's home is called DHAN Karunai Illam. The DHAN Foundation is our Partner organisation and the word DHAN stands for Development for Humane Action. Karunai means Grace, and Illam is Home.



Tamil Nadu, India

Nilakottai, Tamil Nadu

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