About us

We work for the cause and care of
disadvantaged elderly and to improve their quality of life.

Our mission is to bring together donors, volunteers and partners to better the lives of abandoned elderly in India. Although the Manikan Foundation is a charity based in Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India, we work with individuals, families, charities, communities, businesses and other partners across India.


Board of Trustees

Our board of trustees function to protect and maintain the core values and purpose of Manikan Foundation.

Viswanathan Manikan is an Indian social activist, and chief functionary and founder of Manikan Foundation with 30 years hands-on experience in Disaster relief, Humanitarian and Charitable work in the Middle East, Sub-Sahara Africa and Asia.

Manikan coordinated Dubai’s response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa and mobilized medical supplies and equipments worth US $1 million. He is also the author of the book: ‘The Blu Ribbon Revolution: Co-Creating a World Beyond Poverty’, which acted as a spur to his establishment of the Foundation.

Viswananthan Manikan

Founder of the Manikan Foundation

Inauguration of Manikan Foundation

Manikan Foundation comes into existence with the objective of supporting and improving the lives of abandoned elderly people in India.

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Our Charitable Philosophy and Ethos

Supporting abandoned elderly

We recognize that supporting abandoned elderly people across India requires a massive, on-going task of bringing together those volunteers and professional experts with our most vulnerable. We believe it is as much a mission, to engage the hearts and minds of all to relieve the isolation and sufferings of a generation who deserve our respect and protection, as it is to carry out practical support work.

We seek support

With this in mind, we welcome approaches from any potential donors, sponsors and willing volunteers with time and enthusiasm to help our elderly and vulnerable regain their dignity, self-respect and well-being, after they may have undergone horrendous personal tragedies. If you are not sure how you can help us, rest assured, everyone has a contribution to make, no matter how seemingly insignificant. We believe that all have skills and resources that help our neighbours and strangers. Many small acts of kindness make a mountain of support for our staff, volunteers and of course, service users whom we work for.

All are welcome

We do not discriminate against anyone needing our help. We will support elderly people who have been shunned by their community, regardless of gender, religion, culture, physical ability or sexual orientation.
If you would like to contribute to the Manikan Foundation, we would love to hear from you right now, so please leave us your contact details and we will be in touch as soon as we can.