ANNAI THERESA RURAL DEVELOPMENT TRUST was started in 1996 and was registered as Trust under Indian Trust Act in Madurai district to serve the under-served population by few dedicated and graduate youth. It has got a legally constituted executive committee. ATRDT nourishes the following principles while it implements programs
- Giving priority to the needs and interests of the people they serve;
- Encouraging self help and self-reliance among beneficiaries and thus avoid creating dependency.
- Involving beneficiary groups to the maximum extent possible in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs;
- Respecting and fostering internationally recognized human rights, both socio economic and civil-political
Seeking to enhance gender equity; and
Understanding of the history and culture of the people served.;