The Indo Sri Lankan Development Trust which is widely known as ‘Island Trust’ was founded on 20th July 1984 in Tamil Nadu State, South India by renowned social workers cum academicians. The name of the Trust reflects the agreement between the Indian and Sri Lankan governments in 1964 which is historically known as ‘the Indo - Sri Lankan Agreement – 1964’.
Hence the thrust of the organization was to render succor, relief and rehabilitation services to the displaced Indian Tamil people who were repatriated from Sri Lanka after hundreds of years of their hard toil in the land. After 17 years of its dedicated service to the Tamil Repatriates from Sri Lanka, the Trust embraced all marginalized people from various communities and extended its helping hands to them.
Island Trust has completed 36 years of service as of 2021 walking with its target communities to devlop their capacity in a professional and yet down to earth approach to identify the resources and the opportunities to attain their holistic development.
The foot prints of Island Trust demonstrate that the Repatriates from Sri Lanka, local plantation laborers belonging to Scheduled Caste and other backward communities and the primitive tribal communities in the Nilgiris were able to accomplish their desired future and move towards self reliance by raising their level of capacity through well designed sustainable and rights oriented programs of Island Trust.