It costs around £32,000 a year (£2,700 per month) to support the work of IRDT in Mettupalayam and the surrounding villages.

If you would like to help us financially, there are a number of ways.

  • Use the Donate Now button to go straight to our CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) donation page.
  • you may make a credit transfer to our bank to FOM, sort code 541041, account no 30120268 **
  • You may of course also pay by cheque payable to FOM, sent to Mr C
    Riding , Violet Bank, Cumwhitton, Brampton, CA8 9ER **
  • you may set up a direct debit payment, by emailing our treasurer and enclosing a completed copy of our standing order form to

** You can increase the value of your donation (currently by 25%) - to do so, please email our treasurer at with the following declaration "! want the charity to treat my donation as a gift. I am a UK Taxpayer and understand that if I pay less lncome Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference."

Here are some examples of what your money buys each month:

Head teacher salary £82
Form teacher salary £70
Cook £60
Cleaner £50
Doctor £78
Nurse £33
School meals £225 (about £10 per day for 75 children)

FOM funds these running costs through donations paid by direct debit, one-off donations and a wide variety of fundraising activities. In the past these have included open gardens, craft stalls, ceilidhs, curry and quiz nights, sponsored walks cycles and swims. Just about anything is possible.

If you have any great money-spinning ideas, we would love to hear them.

Every penny raised goes to the project with any costs being absorbed by trustees.

View and Download the standing order form

And we have just enrolled with AmazonSmile. If you use Amazon, please access their site using the following link and 0.5% of purchases will come as a gift to FOM. Every little helps!

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Please click on the words above to access our Christmas quiz answer sheet. Thank you all for joining in and raising more money for the charity.

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Just before Pongal, the Lions Club from Utheramerur held a function at our Crakehall School, Mettupalayam where they distributed new school materials and provided all the children and staff with a special meal.
Venkat belongs to the Lions Club and receives excellent support from his fellow members.
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If you ever needed justification for our continuing food Aid programme, just look at the expression on this young boys face! Part of the Manampathi tribal group, it's fairly obvious that there have been many times when he has known hunger
Thank you again to all our supporters and Friends for your ongoing financial help which makes this possible
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A quick reminder to anyone doing, or interested in doing our Christmas Quiz. Answers need to be in by the 8th January.
The quiz is accessed through our website
Thanks to everyone who has already entered and donated the minimum entry fee of £2
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Along with the final meal of our 2020 Food Aid programme, most of the 350 elderly vulnerable folk received either a new sari or lunghi. For many, this may well be their only item of new clothing this year!

For 2021, IRDT will be returning to feeding all our Crakehall Primary School children, those elderly vulnerable people from Mettupalayam and the tribal communities from Ullampakkam and also Manampathy.

May we take this opportunity to thank all our supporters and Friends for all your amazing donations during this very difficult period and send you all our love and best wishes for a Happy New Year.
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Christmas Day in and around Mettupalayam. Some of our very special Friends enjoying a special chicken biryani, some of the chicken meat having been donated by a Christian Friend.

As usual at Christmas, Venkat has bought 60 lunghis and 200 saris to hand out to the elderly poor.
We continue to fund the Food Aid programme for 350 elderly and vulnerable people, up to the end of the year.

Thank you to all our Friends who have donated over the last nine months to help fund this programme.
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What a lovely pastoral scene down on our farm. Our herd of cattle grows each year, with the female calves being kept for the future whilst the bullocks are raised to be sold.
It is a long time since the monsoon has been so good and the newly planted paddy fields augur well for a good harvest.
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Our two very dear Friends, Liz Latta and Liz Ramsay, at Bedale Xmas market today, raising funds for our charity.
A lovely sunny day, thankfully.
Thank you ladies, from all at FOM and IRDT.
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A memorial birthday celebration, remembering our founding trustee David. His inspirational ideas and example still inspires us today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Registered Charity Number 1054673