Iyyappan Subramaniyan honored with the World of Children®Award 2016

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Five Child Advocates were recognized for their heroic work with children.

This year’s recipients – whose work spans a wide range of issues from supporting children living with debilitating and chronic diseases, to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and survivors of sexual abuse – were presented with their awards at an Awards Ceremony held in New York City at 583 Park Avenue on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

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World of Children® is an organization dedicated to setting the gold standard in child advocacy. The organization introduced a new class of honorees, including Sri Arunodayam’s Founder – Iyyappan Subramaniyan, who won this year’s World of Children Humanitarian Award.

Iyyappan and the four other honorees received their awards at a special function in New York City, USA,  on the 27th October 2016. These honorees are considered to be extraordinary real-life heroes who tirelessly work to dramatically improve the lives of children.

This year’s honorees were chosen from a pool of several thousand nominations for this year’s Awards. Nominations are reviewed by an International Committee of volunteers and issue experts. The candidates are investigated by an independent international firm to ensure their programs are of the highest caliber.

Iyyappan was selected for his work with children living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When he was just 21 years old, Iyyappan decided to do something to help these children, so, he founded Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust to provide the first home in Tamil Nadu dedicated to caring for, protecting, and rehabilitating abandoned children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Fourteen years later, it is a state-certified reception facility for abandoned children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The children living at Sri Arunodayam receive food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and developmentally appropriate education and rehabilitation programs. Most of all, they regain what they have lost – a home and a family.

We take this opportunity to sincerely thank the World of Children ® Founders and all our benefactors, well wishers and friends who have made this an incredible journey for us. As we step into the next phase of our partnership program with World of Children, we want you to know that we are truly grateful for your inspiration, support, and especially for the faith you have placed in us. You will not be disappointed.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27:  Honoree Iyyappan Subramaniyan speaks on stage during the World of Children Awards Ceremony on October 27, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for World Of Children)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27:  Honoree Iyyappan Subramaniyan accepts an award on stage during the World of Children Awards Ceremony on October 27, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for World Of Children)
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