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Who we are

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Tribal Health Initiative was started in 1992 by Dr. Regi George and Dr. Lalitha Regi. Today we have expanded into a team of over 55 highly trained people, working to improve the lives of the tribal communities living in the Sittilingi valley and surrounding hills through a variety of programmes in health care, community health, farming and craft work.

Our vision is that the people of Sittilingi valley and Kalrayan Hills lead a better quality of life. We hope
  • To attain the highest possible level of physical, mental and social health.
  • To enhance their socio-economic status while retaining their pride, self-respect and self-reliance and ensuring their active participation in programmes meant for their welfare.
  • To create an atmosphere highly conducive for the growth and development of local cultures and customs.

THI seeks to work with tribal people in a spirit of peace, understanding, trust, and justice.

Our mission for the people of the Sittilingi valley and the Kalrayan hills is

  • To be an educator to protect and promote health and improve basic knowledge levels.
  • To provide affordable and acceptable basic health care services to the area.
  • To be a facilitator to help people undertake collective action for their welfare.
  • To provide a support system to help people come back to sustainable methods of farming.
  • To facilitate peoples knowledge about their rights and responsibilities.
  • To help them acquire additional skills and assist them in achieving self reliance through small scale entrepreneurship.
  • To provide support for the social upliftment while retaining and building on their local cultural strengths

The basic values for our work is

  • Faith in the people and their wisdom
  • Sincerity , honesty and total commitment in our work
  • Secular and non political
  • To respect the dignity of every individual