From The Hindu
“In 2002, Iyyappan Subramaniyan found a boy with moderate mental retardation in torn clothes standing at a street corner in Thiruvottriyur. On enquiry, he found out that the three-year-old was abandoned by his parents, and was left in the care of his grandfather who was too old to look after him. Iyappan took him in and since then, he and his organisation, Arunodayam Trust, have rescued 325 mentally-retarded children abandoned on the streets across the State.
For his service towards the abandoned, Iyappan has been named as the winner of 2016 World of Children Humanitarian Award. Recognized as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates,” awardees will receive a grant to help their initiative grow and impact the lives of more children.”