My Name is Kumar and CARE Foundation are partner organisations that work together to deliver the day-to-day running of our education and community development projects.
CARE Foundation (Centre for Action and Resource Foundation) is a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Southern India. The CARE team reaches out to the underprivileged children, youth, and destitute women struggling on the streets of Chennai and nearby. Their purpose is to promote the development of children and youth through loving care with adequate nutrition, healthy social interaction, and ensuring that they are given the love and respect that every human deserves.
My Name is Kumar gives business and financial support to CARE Foundation, which enables the education and community development projects to run. Together, the two organisations are committed to turning the CARE Foundation into an independent organisation by 2023.
In the future, My Name is Kumar hopes to provide similar support to other organisations in India such as CARE Foundation.
CARE Foundation Team
Peter Dhanapal founded CARE Foundation back in 2009 after a career in business. Peter has an incredible knowledge of the Londor community and specialises in working with families from a begging background. Peter began CARE Foundation working with just a handful of children but as news of his work spread, more and more people got in touch with requests for help and the impact expanded. Peter is always fighting for ways to help even more children.
Sarala, a former student of CARE Foundation, studied Engineering to Masters level – her results placed her in the top 50 students statewide in Tamil Nadu. Sarala takes overall responsibility for managing education projects run by MNIK and CARE Foundation. To the children she's a big sister, but she's a driving force behind the entire organisation.
Leciya, a former student of CARE Foundation, finished her Masters in Social Work in 2013 and in 2017 completed her MPhil in the same discipline. After living and working for so many years with CARE Foundation she has an unbeatable knowledge of the organisation, the Londor community and the children. Leciya is responsible for all our community development programmes.
Logu is more than just a driver. He is a driver, social worker and children’s entertainer all rolled into one. The children call him Logu Anna, a heartfelt term of endearment for someone they consider an older brother. Logu works 6 days a week driving our jeep and coordinating the school run for nearly 80 children. He has two of his own sons and is currently building his own family home – in short, he’s superman.
Karunya is a former student of CARE Foundation and graduated with a degree in accountancy. The children call her 'akka' or sister, a sure sign of respect and love. Karunya is responsible for managing one of our community development centres and tuition centres.
Sangeetha is a single mother whose husband sadly passed away when they were only young. She has on and off worked for CARE Foundation for the last few years and is a second mother to lots of the children. Sangeetha is an extremely caring person and always the first one on the scene if someone has fallen over and needs a hug!
Morhan is a physics graduate with a passion for working with children. He has a warm sense of humor and loves to entertain the children with his silly dancing. As well as working with the children Morhan takes responsibility for a lot of project logistics, such as making sure all our centres have enough tooth brushes, soap and rice!
Tamil works mostly with the young girls in our projects. She is incredibly proud of Tamil culture and loves to pass on her knowledge of traditional dance and dress to the children. She is an amazing dancer and frequently leads ‘step’ classes for the children to enact their favourite tamil cinema movies.
Gangamma is from the Londor community and came to work for CARE Foundation in Summer 2016 after a long time suffering from alcohol addiction. Gangamma has 3 girls who go to school with thanks to support from our education projects. CARE recognised that Gangamma needed a helping hand and offered her a job as a cook. She received help for her addiction and despite then not knowing how to make a meal for herself, Gangamma now turns out over 60 plates of food a day for children and staff in our projects.
Shanti first joined CARE Foundation after she needed some personal support in her life and people recommended she meet Peter. Nearly a decade later she is one of CARE Foundation’s longest serving staff members. Shanti is an incredible cook, the first to wake in the morning she has made lunches for all secondary school children and cooked breakfast before most of us have even brushed our teeth. She is also somewhat of an grandmother to the older boys who have adopted her as their matriarch!