Soon after India’s independence, one of the biggest problems faced by the country was the scourge of leprosy. Many states had endemic population of leprosy affected people and there was no known cure or reliable treatment. Even after treatment they were treated as outcast and not given any employment.

Dr. Paul Brand

Portrait Picture of Doctor Paul BrandIt was here that Dr. Paul Brand and the Swedish Red Cross thought that it was not enough to provide treatment alone, but they must be given an opportunity to earn a living and thus be active members of the society they live in.

They stressed that the traditional activities recommended for those affected by leprosy, such as basket weaving, cloth weaving, pottery, candle making etc. are not suited for leprosy patients.It was decided that they should set up a modern engineering workshop to provide earning opportunity for the leprosy-cured persons.

When the rehabilitation industry started functioning in 1963, it had to take an unbeaten path. There was no precedent in India, or elsewhere, wherein those affected by leprosy were given training in light engineering activities and employed to do production activities.

Mr. C. Antony Samy

Mister Antony Samy in his chairMr. C. Antony Samy, the former Managing Director of WORTH Trust was given the most difficult job of implementing and taking forward the vision of WORTH Trust. With four leprosy-cured persons, Mr. Antony Samy’s first responsibility was to choose the machines. With no fixed orders, it was a difficult mission. However, efforts were made to contact industries to give sub-contract work. So, general purpose machines were obtained.

The first order came from EID Parry in the form of inlet fittings for western flushing system. In the meantime, precision machines were imported from Sweden, which was a big challenge at that point of time due to Government import restrictions. This gave a fillip to this rehabilitation workshop.

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Thanks to effective medicine and treatment, the number of leprosy-cured people had diminished over the years and WORTH Trust started to focus on other areas like rehabilitation of polio affected people, followed by people with various forms of other disabilities and grew rapidly. Over the decades, WORTH Trust grown into what it is today, excelling in supply of quality products for major industries and making affordable aids and appliances for the differently-abled. With leprosy being effectively controlled nationwide, the Trust’s activities also focus on rehabilitating those who suffer from speech and hearing, orthopaedic and intellectual challenges. Since there was an acute need for formalized training for these people, a full-fledged Training Centre was started to impart skills to cope with the modern technology. When the workshop became economically self-sustained, it was renamed as WORTH Trust.

Disabled person working in workshop

Persons with disabilities are taught to be self-sufficient at WORTH

A student of transitional school

Kid at the transitional school at the WORTH trust campus, Katpadi.


WOrkshop for Rehabilitation and Training of the Handicapped (WORTH) was established more than fifty years ago by the Swedish Red Cross

with the objective of rehabilitating leprosy cured persons generally ostracized by society, through industrial training and employment. WORTH Trust today is a fully self-sustained rehabilitation organization. The production centers, which employ mostly persons with disabilities, enable them to generate a surplus, with which the entire cost of its Technical Training Centers for the Speech & Hearing Impaired and Physically Challenged boys and girls, School for Speech and Hearing Impaired children, Early Intervention Centre for the Speech & Hearing Infants and Autism Spectrum Disorder, Day Activity Centre for the Mentally Challenged children and outreach activities are met. Registered as a charitable Trust, WORTH is managed by a Board of Trustees made up of eminent persons in diverse fields, united in their common interest in the service of persons with disabilities.
Over the last five decades, WORTH Trust grew into what it is today, excelling in supply of quality products for major industries and making aids and appliances for the Differently-Abled persons and making them available within the reach of the common man. Constant monitoring of products and quality assurance enabled us to achieve a unique status in the field of Training, Rehabilitation, Manufacture and Supply of quality products for major automobile and plastic injection moulding industries.
Five of WORTH Trust – WORTH Braillers, WORTH Plastics, WORTH Industries – Katpadi, Pondicherry and Tiruchirapalli received ISO 9001 – 2008 accreditation for its excellence in quality standards – an unique honour, which the first rehabilitation institution in India to attain. WORTH Industries at Katpadi, Pondicherry, Tiruchirapalli and WORTH Plastics have also been accredited for TS 16949: 2009.
From its inception, the Founders of WORTH Trust have believed that the persons with disabilities have as equal a right and ability to be valuable, productive members of a family and the society. The involvement of WORTH Trust in the community has changed the lives of so many Differently-Abled people and their families.
Backed by such a glorious tradition, WORTH Trust steps into the new millennium, determined to further enlarge its activities, in order to serve a greater number of Differently-Abled persons.
The Uniqueness of WORTH Trust is:
  • It trains and rehabilitates Differently-Abled persons.
  • It provides employment to Differently-Abled persons.
  • It manufactures products for Differently-Abled persons.
  • All the products manufactured are by the Differently-Abled persons.
  • It is a fully self – sustaining organization.
Group photo of Worth trust members

WORTH TRUST received the Tamil Nadu State Award as the Best Organisation Employing Maximum number of Differently - Abled