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Education and Research have been among the key areas of focus of the Foundation. CWCF has over the years supported significant medical research projects conducted by authorities in the field, like Sankara Nethralaya, the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Cancer Institute and the National Network for Organ Sharing. 

Education, especially quality education for students from marginalised backgrounds, is a goal of the Foundation. Educating and empowering children with disabilities by supporting special schools, inclusive schools are also priorities of the Foundation. 

CWCF’s focus on education is reflected in its efforts to improve the infrastructure of schools, provide educational and teaching aids to enhance the quality of classroom learning, special communication aids to students with disabilities and create therapy facilities like occupational and physiotherapy in special schools, and sanitation and accessible restrooms in schools. 

A glimpse of education and research projects partnered with CWCF :  

Vision Research Foundation (Sankara Nethralaya)

Founder: Dr. SS Badrinath
Year of establishment: 1978


2000-2014: Vision Research Foundation supports world-class research activities and creates an internationally competitive research environment.

CWCF’s support: CWCF supported a research programme in Glaucoma and its Molecular Genetics. The data collected during the study and the results of the research would be made available to other ophthalmologic institutions for wider public benefit. The support from CWCF enabled Nethralaya to complete the Chennai Eye Disease Incidence Study, finalise the findings from the data collected and also suggest strategies for the treatment and containment of the disease.

Madras Diabetes Research Foundation

Founder: Dr V Mohan
Year of establishment: 1996


2002-2006: Madras Diabetic Research Foundation extends world Class health care to diabetic patients at nominal charges, carries out research on diabetes and related complications so as to improve treatment.

CWCF’s support: CWCF supported the Prevention, Awareness, Counselling and Evaluation (PACE), a massive Diabetes research project, launched by MV Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai as a follow-up of the earlier CURES (Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology study) project sponsored earlier by CWCF. The initial survey and screening programmes for diabetes was completed and the prevention programme targeted a million people in Chennai. The Indian Diabetes Risk Score (IDRS), a simple method to identify undiagnosed diabetic subjects, was developed using the data compiled in the CURES/PACE study. The research has been reported favourably in international magazines.

Sri Ramacharan Charitable Trust

Founder: Ms Padmini Gopalan
Year of establishment: 1999


2015-2016: The trust aims to bring successful Montessori methods of education within the reach of the underprivileged children of society studying in Corporation schools. It runs 41 Montessori classes in 13 Chennai Corporation schools and Balwadis, benefitting close to 1,300 children in a year.

CWCF’s support: CWCF supported the trust by donating Montessori materials for eight classes in five Corporation schools in Chennai, reaching out to over 500 students.

Arvind Foundation

Founder: P Atma Raj and Sudha Atma Raj
Year of establishment: 2004


2014-2016: Arvind Foundation aims at work benefitting underprivileged children with special needs, children challenged with autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, mental retardation, ADHD etc. Its focus and approach have been towards early intervention, rehabilitation and inclusion of underprivileged special children, and livelihood for the mothers of these children.

CWCF’s support: CWCF has donated towards the construction of a semi-residential training facility at the Foundation’s centre Arvindaalayam in Kolappanchery. This facility will be used as a vocational training centre for adults with disabilities, offering training in such activities as tailoring, gardening, painting, fine arts, carpentry and clay work. It would also function as a teacher-training centre to strengthen their skills and knowledge, and as an independent living training space with regular respite camps etc.

Organisations supported by Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation over the years :  

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