The Ayries Trust & The Ayries Society

The Ayries Trust exists to support the work of the Ayries Society, based in a village near Vriddhachalam, Tamil Nadu, South India. Run by local people for local people, the Society employs fourteen staff who work to improve the health and life choices of some of the poorest Dalit people in the area.

You can follow the links above to discover more about the three main areas of the Society╩╝s work: TB, PLHA and disability. On these pages there are slide shows - just click on one of the images to begin.

The news page has the latest news from the Society in India, as well as links to newsletters and annual reports.

The contact page provides ways to contact the Ayries Trust in the UK, while the donate page enables you to support the Trust.

The origins of the Ayries Society

The work of the Ayries Society began in 1998 with a small group of young adults carrying out social work among the communities in this rural area where the vast majority live in very deprived circumstances. Informal funding from the UK from 2004 meant the Society could broaden its work. Diagnosis and treatment of TB patients began. Staff were still unpaid. Once funding was more formally secured from the UK the work extended into many aspects of healthcare in the community.

The key to the success of the Society is its outreach work. What started out as access on foot, ox carts and public buses, progressed to four Society bicycles, then scooters. The Society now uses a combination of most of these plus a small van. This has always meant that staff can find people in remote areas who require assistance, whether it is an adult who has had undiagnosed TB for ten years, a child with cerebral palsy, or a family whose members are HIV positive.

The Ayries Society is a registered Indian charity, FRCA no. 007601060.

The Ayries Trust is a registered UK charity, number 1122947.