Our Objective

Our mission is to provide a lifelong home/shelter for abandoned children. Presently all the children we look after have significant physical or mental disabilities. We aim to provide for “normal” abandoned children as well.

Our Solution

Established in 2010 with 3 children, the foundation today provides food, clothing and therapy to 15 children with varying disabilities. Icha is planning to expand its capability by adopting another 5 children in the near future. The shelter itself is spread across an acre of land facing the scenic Kondakarla lake, located 50 km from Vizag city. It is managed mainly by the founder Madhu Tugnait with a team of caretakers, a physiotherapist, kitchen staff and teachers.

Employment Philosophy

Our group philosophy is based on providing employment to adults from lower income groups from Vizag and its surrounding districts. With the exception of accounting, administration and communications, we have focussed on building a team based on each individual’s capability and passion to serve the cause of abandoned children.

Our Team

Madhu Tugnait

Founder, Managing Director

Before starting Icha, Madhu was a prominent fashion designer in Vizag. She also has 5 years of volunteering experience with BCT (Bhagvatula Charitable Trust). As the production head of their textile division she worked extensively with destitute women, teaching them weaving, embroidery and tailoring. Her love for children and a dream to do more on an independent note led to the setting up of Icha Foundation.

K M S (Titoo) Ahluwalia


Founder, MARG and former CEO, ORG-MARG AC Nielsen, Trustee of Citizens for Peace, PUKAR and The Subhas Ghosal Foundation, Chairman of Conscious Food.

Simar Hundal


Simar is a law graduate from the Symbiosis Law School, Pune. He had read an article about Icha and wanted to help make a difference. He works closely with Madhu in overseeing operations at the foundation, including budget management and ensuring compliance with governmental regulations.

Shabnam Sirur

Communications Manager

Shabnam is a commercial art graduate from the JJ school of art, Mumbai. She has 30 years of experience working with leading ad firms like Saatchi & Saatchi. She is instrumental in bringing Icha closer to the world with her knowledge of the digital world, besides helping us draft, design and output all our print material.

Poonam Chadha

Manager (Donors, North India)

Poonam is founder of Missing Peace fitness in New Delhi. She is holds a degree in Hotel Management & Catering from HMCT, Mumbai. She has been instrumental in bringing us individual donors and sponsors for our children from North India & America.

Y K M Prasad

Chartered Accountant

Prasad is an independent chartered accountant in Vizag with a roster of impressive clients. Besides filing our returns, he also manages some of our banking/donor issues, licensing and other legal matters.

Capt (retd) P P Tugnait

Managing Partner

Besides being a Trustee and supporter, Paddy as he is known in the Indian Navy manages some of the day to day affairs such as staffing, networking, sponsorships and finance. He has made several contributions on the financial viability of the foundation



Ramakrishna was working at Vivacity Clinic in Vizag before he joined us as a full-time resident physiotherapist. He is Registered physiotherapist studied masters degree from Andhra University whilst practicing at Icha.

Kids we Support