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The GIFT Foundation: Activities

The GIFT Foundation was formed as a non-profit trust on the Pongal day of 1998. The GIFT Foundation's first project was the establishment of AGN SCHOOL in 1998-99 with the help of Tamil Nadu Foundation Inc., USA. The APPU ARIVAALAYEM CBSE Secondary School was started in 2011-12. Our AGN SCHOOL COMMUNITY RADIO STATION (ஆகநல் வானொலி) started broadcast service in 2014. In addition, the Trust has contributed to the following causes.
  1. Under Self-Sufficiency Scheme, contributed funds to construct the compound wall at Panchayat Union Elementary School, Manjakkalpatti. T h e project was sponsored by our patron Tr. Mani Rajendran, USA, for his alma mater.
  2. Donated to Kalari Heritage & Charitable Trust, to help publish the second edition of the book 'அருங்கூத்து' (Arungkoothu) about our rural folk arts such as 'Koothu' 'Pavai Koothu' 'Bommalattam', and their artistes.
  3. The Trust organised a book-release function, in which the Vicechancellor of Periyar University released the historical book titled 'கொங்கு நாட்டில் தாமஸ் மன்றோ' (Thomas Manroe in Kongu Land) by Idappadi Amuthan and acquired 100 copies of the book.
  4. Contributed funds towards publication of the first of its kind 'Colloquial Language Dictionary for Kongu (கொங்கு வட்டாரச் சொல்லகராதி)/ This book secured ‘Best Publication in year 2000’ award in its category by Tamilnadu Govt.
  5. Contributed funds to Kongu Research Centre, Erode, to help their research on ancient inscriptions. Part of the funds were used to publish the social history book, 'Kongu vellalar Seerkalum, Ilakkiankalum'.
  6. Contributed funds to U.V.Saminatha Iyyer Trust (உ.வே. சாமிநாத ஐயர் அறக்கட்டளை) Chennai to support the publication old Tamil manuscripts.
  7. Donated student desks and benches to Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School, Magudanchavadi. Contributed initial funds to help start Govt.Girls High School at Konganapuram and then to upgrade it to Higher Secondary School. Also, contributed funds to upgrade Govt. Middle School to High School at Vaikuntham.

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