Sankurathri Foundation was established in 1989 to provide necessary tools for the underprivileged persons in order to improve the quality of their life. The Foundation was registered as a Trust under the rules and obtained the Income Tax Exemption under US 80G of Income Tax Act, 1961. Three volunteer Trustees manage the Foundation and all the activities are planned and supervised by the Executive Trustee, who stays at Kakinada.
Sankurathri Foundation was established by Dr.Chandrasekhar Sankurathri as a memorial to his wife, Manjari Sankurathri, son, Srikiran and daughter, Sarada who were killed in a terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182 (Kanishka) on 23rd June 1985. The Foundation’s main mission is to empower the poor through better education, eye care and timely help to the needy.
After a careful analysis of the needs of the community, the Foundation has decided to focus on the two most important developmental activities, education for rural poor children and eye care for all the people in the region. Education will provide enough opportunities for rural poor and opens door for better future.
Sankurathri Foundation noticed a strong need for providing of eye care services in the region. As there are no eye care providers in the area many rural and needy people were needlessly blind and suffering with various eye problems. Hence an eye hospital, Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology was established in 1993 with an objective of eliminating avoidable blindness in the region. The mission is to provide quality eye care with compassion, which is accessible and affordable to all irrespective of race, religion, caste, age, sex and other socioeconomic factors. The Institute is located in a serene location of about 5 acres in a rural setting, 10 km from Kakinada.