Atchayam Trust, an organization striving with a holistic approach to transforming the lives of beggars, aged persons including women, dying destitute, mentally ill and mentally retarded, physically challenged, drug-addicted, sexually abused women, etc., in rural, urban, and semi-urban areas in Tamil Nadu through field work-identification, counselling, material and medical assistance towards the transformation of their lives into dignified life with respect. Hence, we are working towards creating a beggar free India through our various activities
Fieldwork and surveying of beggars in a professional and structured manner involves a primary survey to identify beggars through well-trained volunteers and coordinators for identification of beggars and documenting them without revealing their personal data. After identification, we engage professionally trained volunteers and experts to provide counseling to beggars, homeless, and destitute for the transformation of their begging life into normal dignified life with respect.
And subsequently, through more demand and increased support of volunteers, we have extended our fieldwork to many districts in Tamil Nadu have and covered many cities, towns and semi urban areas. Now, we have volunteers network covering 18 districts and more than 400 volunteers and youth are actively engaged with Atchayam Trust towards creation of Beggars Free India. For the past 7 years, Atchayam Trust has undertaken several fields works through our volunteer’s networks to identify beggars and provide counselling, special care, continuous follow up and monitoring beggar’s welfare to bring them back to normal life with supports through medical assistance.
Normally, we undertake field visits and survey on to identify the beggars including mentally ill, elderly, affected by various diseases or disabled, etc. and give counselling, collect their profile and history, provide cleaning care, basic medical assistance, clothes and food to the beggars depending upon their health condition. In course of interaction with beggars and learning their health, and family conditions and cause of begging, we try to arrange alternative supports for them and encourage them to stop begging so as to live a dignified life with respect in family and society.