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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.

Illam day celebrations
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Illam day celebrations

 On 25 September the Illam day was celebrated in the presence of a local dignitary and all the children and staff joining in singing and exercise sessions. Special sweets were distributed all around as is the case during such occasions.


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Michael Harris Returns

Michael Harris one of our trustees has just returned from a fabulous trip to the Illam and has interesting notes to share with us on activities at the Illam and DHAN Foundation.


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Biking for funds!

Christy Harcourt, one of our young Welingtonian supporters, is riding her bike 160km around Lake Taupo this November to raise money for the Illam. Christy has also been busy organizing a number of other fund-raising events in Wellington in the run-up to her November challenge.


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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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