What we do

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

Advocacy

Manikan Foundation workers and volunteers first and foremost act as advocates for elderly people who have been abandoned by their families and communities, or are slipping through the net of social care services.

To protect the rights of these vulnerable Indian elderly, we use our network of supporters to bring together those who can offer support and resources, with those we identify as being in real need. The beneficiaries of our support services often do not know where to turn to get the help they need, or may often be too frail to help themselves. They need able volunteers and professionals who can provide advocacy on their behalf to obtain help available to them.

Aid

The mission of the Manikan Foundation is to bring together donors, volunteers and partners who would help improve the quality of life of India’s abandoned elderly.

With connections across national, regional and local communities, we can bring together those who can offer aid, donations and sponsorship, or volunteered time to both individual beneficiaries and care givers wherever needed in India. The Foundation welcomes aid from corporate partners, charities and organisations to support those who need your help. If you can offer volunteer time, we recognize that some of the best resources lie within our beneficiaries own communities.

Creating Awareness

Loss of a social role and recognition, and non-availability of opportunities for creative and effective use of free time are also becoming a matter of great concern for the elderly.

It’s an unfortunate fact that sentiments of loneliness and isolation can lead to serious consequences for elderly's health. We do our part to help lonely or socially isolated elderly people in the community. Our contribution could be as simple as a weekly telephone call to an isolated older person, or extend to regular home visits for a chat and to help with shopping and so on, driving an elderly person to a social event, or even hosting coffee mornings for groups of elderly people.

Our Approach

Awareness raising and practical support are only one side of what our foundation is involved in. We also organise fundraisers, build support networks of those who care for, and involve our beneficiaries and their care givers in steering the direction of the help we provide.

Our aim is to promote the dignity of the elderly, to provide as much as help solve their practical problems, such as finding new homes, accessing health services and rebuilding a new life in a safe community. The elderly people we work with have valuable life experiences which we believe can help fellow service users and develop the Manikan Foundation’s future. Participation of service users, care givers, volunteers, community groups, companies and agencies is vital for the success of the charity. We take a partnership approach to problem solving.