Tribal Health Initiative has been supported for many years by a large group of individuals who believe in the work we do. These like minded people in different locations have come together to form the ‘Friends of Sittilingi’  groups who support us financially as well as donate their time, skills and expertise.

We need your support to continue our work here : Please click the My Donation button to make a donation of any amount you would like


Support our new hospital in the Kalvarayan HIlls
The Kalvarayan Hills is spread over 2 districts – Salem and Kallakurichi and has about 350 hamlets with a population of about 65,000 – 90% of whom are tribals. There is a severe lack of good medical care and all of the tribals have to traverse much distance to access the Tribal Hospital in Sittilingi. We are planning to take medical care to them starting with a full fledged, fully equipped OPD. We need your support for that.

Support a pregnant mother for her Caesarian surgery by clicking here
Tribal Hospital covers a population of almost a lakh, most of them tribals. This is the only secondary care hospital in a 100km radius which the poor can access. Every week we get at least 2 or 3 mothers for Caesarian surgery to deliver the baby in a complicated delivery. This unprepared expense drains the family’s resources and often pushes them into either selling their capital like land or cattle or getting into irreversible debt. The bill for such an operation will be Rs 10,000, which covers all their hospital expenses. Your donation, will to a large extent relieve them of this. Cost given by the hospital for Caesarian surgery – Rs. 10,000

Support our organic farming initiative by clicking here

The organic farming movement in the Sittilingi valley is expanding at a fast rate. But there needs to be an initial support for the farmer to make that change. Support is needed for buying PVC drums, for preparing organic pesticides, for building a vermicompost tank and paving his cowshed to collect cow’s urine etc. We wish to help 5 farmers who wish to start farming. Your support will give them the initial push to go forward to provide his family with healthy food throughout the year. Expenses for 5 farmers Plastic 100L drums – Rs. 5,000 Partial subsidy for vermicompost tank – Rs. 10,000 Partial subsidy for cowshed flooring – Rs. 10,000 Total expenses for 5 farmers – Rs. 25,000 Total expenses for a farmer – Rs. 5,000

Support our Lambadi women artisans earn a livelihood – click here
Porgai Artisans Association are a group of Lambadi (gypsy) women who have come together to revive their dying art of lambadi embroidery and make a livelihood, which empowers them in a highly patriarchal community. Started 10 years ago, they now market their exquisitely crafted products in cities under the brand name Porgai – which means ‘pride’ in their dialect. The money earned by the women helps to meet household expenses, educate their children and run the family. Your donation will help to train 20 women for a month and help them to live with dignity in their homes and villages. Cost for training a woman – Rs. 3,000 p.m.

Help support us for Building a Corpus Fund by clicking here

Corpus fund is considered to be the capital of the organization. The fund is generated and kept by us for the sustenance and existence of the organization. The Corpus Fund is of paramount importance to the organization as it helps during the times of distress. Only the interest/dividend earned from it is accumulated or utilized for general purposes. It is required for the smooth sustenance of the organization. We are currently trying to build a corpus fund of 12 months’ of expenditure of the organization thereby ensuring a smooth sustenance. It will help reduce financial vulnerability and thereby help us achieve our goals.

Friends of Sittilingi – USA

Friends in the US can make online donations through our partner Tribal India Health Foundation (TIHF). Donors from the US are eligible for tax exemption under 501(c). A receipt for tax exemption purposes will be sent to the donor after the receipt of donation from THIF.

THI has permission under FCRA (Foreign Contributions Regulation Act 1976) to accept foreign currency. You may make your donations online by clicking the link below

Friends of Sittilingi – United Kingdom

Friends of Sittilingi is a registered charity in the United Kingdom  (Charity No. 1113879).

For those in the United Kingdom , you can transfer directly to FOS-UK. Bank details are >> The Friends of Sittilingi; account number 85519685,at  NatWest , 79 Baxtergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1BJ, sort code 55 – 81 – 14.

If you are a U.K. taxpayer and complete this form, you will enable ‘The Friends of Sittilingi’ to reclaim the tax you have paid on a gift or series of gifts. Currently this is 25p for each £1 that you give

For  more details please contact

Dr. Nicholas Bateson,   Treasurer,   The Friends of Sittilingi

16 Lowdale Lane, Sleights, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5BU

Telephone number: 01947 – 810438. Email : [email protected]

Friends of Sittilingi – India

Cheques/DD or direct bank transfers may be made in the name of ‘Tribal Health Initiative’, payable at State Bank of India, Kotapatti branch (Bank code: 6244) 0r ICICI Bank, Salem (A/c: 611901076914 – ISFC No: ICIC0006119). All banks are in Tamil Nadu, India.

For direct transfer in Indian Currency

TRIBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE;  acc nmbr 11689302723; State Bank of India; IFScode SBIN0006244

For direct transfers in Foreign Currency – please use the Paypal link

Please send us an email – [email protected] – as soon as you make a contribution. All contributions will benefit exemptions under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act (1961) of the Government of India

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