About 30 years ago, a group of like minded persons gathered together and started volunteering in organizing free health camps, providing school kits to the children of poor families, facilitating mothers to promote kitchen gardens, organizing awareness programs on tree plantation, health and enjoyed in such social services. This had given them enough experiences to gauge the needs and necessities of the poor population they were working with. They further involved in an in-depth participatory study analysis to learn the populations’ problems and concerns. They found that their piecemeal services at their will and pleasure would not serve any purpose in realizing concrete results among the population. They also understood that any help or support on their individual capacities would not bring in desired outcomes. Based on these realizations, the group consulted local development activists to chalk out their development plan. The advice was to initiate a legal entity to consolidate their services and facilitate in promoting funding opportunities.
And there established Indian Rural Christian Mission in 1985 by the Group with the twin objectives of community development and spiritual accomplishment. For the next six years between 1985 and 1991, the Mission carried on activities like knowledge enhancement programs, night schools, formation of women and youth clubs, sourcing in the available government programs for the poor. The prime activities were on improving the poor community and when the Mission looked back on its achievements, the predominant part was on community development and there had been few on spiritual accomplishment. The board members then decided to stay put with the primary objective of community development as the sole objective of the Mission and initiated their new path with a change in their memorandum and the nomenclature. The Indian Rural Christian Mission has then been rechristened into Tambaram Community Development Society with its prime objective as the promotion of development activities for the upliftment of the needy and weaker sections of the community and to provide relief to the poor, regardless of race, colour and religion.
Indian rural Christian mission was registered in 1985 under the Tamilnadu societies act 1975 (act 27 of 1975) by the handful of the committed and likeminded people who had served for the marginalized. The objects were spiritual and community development programmes.The registration number is 300/85. In 1991, the members felt instead of keeping two aims, decided to keep only one aim that is to carry out social service activities for the welfare of the poor. And then Indian rural Christian Mission name had changed as TAMBARAM COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY and registered.
TCDS also registered with Ministry of Home Affairs New Delhi to receive foreign contribution under foreign contribution act 1976. TCDS obtained FCRA 078520172 from MHA.
All donations made to TCDS are Tax exempted under Section80 (G) of the Income Tax Act of 1961.