- WHAT WE ARE DOING?
We Help Differently Abled Children, turn tears to smiles.
Tropical Health Foundation of India is a nonprofit charitable voluntary organization functioning at Kunnamkulam Municipality of Thrissur District. The Tropical Health Foundation of India was founded by Dr.K. Jacob Roy and late Maj. A.V. Thomas in 1986.
[ Tropical Health Foundation of India ]
Tropical Health Foundation of India is a non-profit, charitable, voluntary organization functioning at Kunnamkulam Municipality in Thrissur District. THFI was founded by Dr. K. Jacob Roy and late Maj. A.V. Thomas in 1986. Initially it focused on activities related to "Community Health and Nutrition". Later through the "Family helper Programme" funded by Lutheran World Relief, a physiotherapist and an assistant went from house to house to identify the disabled and do necessary intervention.
In 1992 a staff from THFI was sent with the financial support of Indo-German Social service society for training as Multipurpose Rehabilitation Technician Training in Handicapped International, a French Organization in Pondicherry. In the meantime a camp for the Leprosy Amputees was organized in collaboration with Ankakarunya Kendra, Bangalore. Subsequently Handicap International and ADD (UK) came forward to help us to set up a workshop in 1992. Supplying artificial limbs and Orthotic appliances has since then been a major thrust area of our programmes. The workshop made a humble beginning with 64 cases during that year has now crossed 13000 cases by 2012. Grant obtained from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of India under the assistance to Disabled persons (ADIP) scheme was a stepping stone in achieving self reliance of the poor disabled by supplying assistive devices like limbs, calipers, crutches, wheel chairs, Try cycle etc.at free of cost to persons below poverty line. Camps are regularly conducted in different parts of the state to identify the beneficiaries under the scheme.
A Special School for the Mentally Challenged was set up in 1990 and got the recognition from the department of public Instruction, Government of Kerala in 1999. The Centre for cerebral Palsy was started in 1997 as part of THFI with the view to help and rehabilitate increasing number of children affected by Cerebral Palsy. They are coming to THFI everyday for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and special education. It has now been renamed as a 'Neuro Development Centre'. We are also involved in running "SPARSH" a SHG to promote vocational training of the special children and their families with the help of Rotary club of Kunnamkulam and West perth. We have started "Prerana", a project to promote early detection and early intervention of children with disability in two block panchayaths; Chavakkad and Chowannoor. The project was funded by CBM, we also received the support of CAF India for training of health workers.
THFI At A Glance
Tropical Health Foundation of India has now completed 26 years of glorious service to the humanity. We still have miles to go in our efforts to serve those who are differently abled. With a humble beginning in a small hut with hardly any resources, it is the hard work and sleepless efforts of a number of our staffs especially Dr. K. Jacob Roy our chairman and late Maj. A. V. Thomas that we have reached this stage. Initially we had only four students in our special school. Today we have nearly 70 students coming to our school for special education and Several Children with developmental delay for therapy. The prosthetic & Orthotic workshop with limited facilities has succeeded in serving more than 13000 patients by supplying artificial limbs, aids / appliances.
The Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy Unit is able to handle many more new cases other than children with cerebral palsy. The therapists are now able to give gait training for amputees for strengthening of their stump and also other strengthening exercises. As our workshop is closer to the physiotherapy unit we are able to supply calipers, special chairs, walkers etc to children with cerebral palsy coming for physiotherapy. The speech therapy unit with a speech therapist and a trainee succeeded in giving speech therapy for Children with Hearing Impairment.
The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.
Dr. K. Jacob Roy, Founder & Chairman
Mr. Greg Kuriakose Jacob,Acting Chairman
Ms. Mishelle Mathews, Hon. Director
Dr. Prashant Varkey,Plastic Surgeon
Mr Thomas Varghese, Social Worker
Fr. Solomon, I.O.C, Bethany Ashram
Ms. Bettilda Santhosh, Social worker
Board of Patrons
H H Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan
Mr. K. P. Bala Krishnan, former Indian Ambassador to Switzerland
Rtn. Jim E. Colvin
Dr. Nuri Alamutti
Rtn. John T. Brewer
Mr. PNSV Narasimham (Nam)
Dr. Tina Kleinboeck