May 31, 2021

"தாய் மண்ணிற்கு கரம் கொடுப்போம்!"

HelpTNBreathe - One Million Dollars Raised!

In a short span of two weeks, TNF, in partnership with ATEA, ATMA, FeTNA, Indiaspora, IIT Madras Foundation, IIT MANA, CTA, and many other NRI Tamil organizations, raised One Million Dollars to send PPE’s, Oxygen Concentrators, and other equipment to provide help to fight against the Covid-19 resurgence in Tamil Nadu. Many celebrities and entrepreneurs participated in the two virtual events enhancing the appeal and plea for donations. Many corporations and individuals donated generously, attributing to the unprecedented amount generated.
Our heartfelt thank you to all the donors for your generosity and support. 
Our sincere thanks to all the partner organizations for their trust and cooperation. This is the first time, so many have come together for one event and for one cause. 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!”- Helen Keller. 

To date, TNF has procured 360 oxygen concentrators worth $450,000 (INR Three crore twenty-four lakhs), a 20-bed modular oxygen generator system worth $45,000 (INR 32 lakhs), and PPE’s pulse oximeters and other medical supplies worth $24,000 (18 lakh rupees).  The medical supplies and equipment were sent to Chengalpet Medical College, Mahatma Gandhi Government Medical College & Hospital Tiruchirapalli, Kilpauk Medical College Chennai, Thiruvarur Government Hospital,  Coimbatore Government ESI Hospital, and Tambaram Government Hospital. 

As we get more donations, TNF has plans to provide more equipment and medical supplies to hospitals all over Tamil Nadu.

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ABC Initiative :

Although schools remain closed and Tamil Nadu is in a lockdown period, Special Coaching Classes are conducted via zoom at Nerkuppai Library. Students studying in government schools in rural Tamil Nadu do not have the same level of access to or affordability for coaching classes for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to reputed Engineering colleges and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to Medical Colleges. With the intent of helping such students, Dr. S. Venkatraman, a TNF Life Member, is piloting JEE coaching classes through zoom from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Small groups of  11th class students in remote Sivagangai District come to the Somalay Memorial Government Library in Nerkuppai and are showing keen interest in this pilot initiative.  Mrs. Sulochana Ramanathan of Honolulu, HI, and Mrs. Uma Vivek of West Chester, PA, teaching English to high school students in the villages through this pilot initiative.


The 47th Annual General Body meeting will be held on Saturday, June 5th, 2021, virtually. Life members will receive the link in the mail to join the meeting virtually. If you don’t receive the email with the link, please contact

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