Our Mission | Vision & Plans
In 1988 RS.Ranganathen founded CTRD in response to the impoverished socio economic conditions which prevailed within the indigenous tribal and rural communities living in the remote Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, India. A lack of water supply, housing and sanitation facilities, food security, health services, education or regular income does only represent a small amount of the Adivasi’s daily struggles.
Our mission is to provide tribal and rural communities with the appropriate tools and knowledge to help themselves. The focus is on comprehensive and inclusive health, education and livelihood training in order to promote sustainable economic well-being, equality and basic human rights for all, regardless of gender, age and ability.!
Our vision is the realization of empowered self-reliant tribal and rural communities with improved socio-economic conditions without damaging their cultural and environmental identity.!
At this time and even at present, no governmental program has been supporting the livelihood, welfare and development of the Adivasi. CTRD can be regarded as one of the prior NGOs which did not look away and took immediate action to improve the livelihood and bring basic human rights to these marginalized groups. !
We are situated in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu, at the junction between the states Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka which are also called the Blue Mountains. It can be regarded as a remote region being covered by hills, mountains, forests, tribal villages and tea estates with a cool climate. Geographically, our works takes place in the following four areas of the Nilgiris District: Gudalur, Ooty, Coonoor and Kotagiri. In these blocks, we support 4 municipalities, 11 town panchayat and 35 village panchayat of the Nilgiris district.!