“In life, it often seems that the spirit of complacency, passivity and despair is the mightier power. But the spirit of truth, commitment and compassion has always the longer breath.”

Dr. Hugo Maier and Mrs. Anne Maier
Founders of Shanthimalai

Who We Are

Aruna Partnership supports projects that have proven sustainable over three decades.

Inspired by the Maiers’ deep love for the poorest of the poor, we are volunteers who pay all of our own costsOur programs in the Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu, South India, empower women and economically challenged families to discover their strengths.

Our Partners

All three of our partner organizations in India arose from the original Shanthimalai Trust, founded by Dr. Hugo Maier and his wife, Mrs. Anne Maier. Today, as independent nonprofits, our partners are mutually supportive and share one vision. They are now run by local leaders from the Indian community. 

  • Shanthimalai Trust (SMT)
  • Shanthimalai Research and Development Trust (SRDT)
  • Magalam Welfare Society (MWS)


Aruna Partnership is a charitable organization independent of any denominational or political interest. It was established in 1995 to support the work of Shanthimalai Trust in South India. 

Fiscal Responsibility

We respond to the needs of those we serve in India, making sure that 100% of your donations go directly to the people and programs you want to support.

“When you truly feel this equal love for all… you will feel the whole world is your home.”

Sri Ramana Maharshi
Sage of Arunchala

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