Karunai Illam Trust / Tuesday, 24 April 2018 / Categories: Key Messages How did this begin? Through the work and legacy of Jean Watson Wellington writer, the late Jean Watson, founded the Illam (‘Home’ in Tamil) in 1987 to help poor children in Nilakottai, Tamilnadu, India. The DHAN KARUNAI ILLAM is now a model institution caringly built over 30 years with the support of mostly New Zealanders. The Illam is managed by DHAN a highly regarded Indian development organisation. Print 3160 Previous Article Why do we do this work? Next Article What do we do for the kids?