Asraya is a registered voluntary organization (Reg. No. T 1684/99) founded in 1996. It all started when Mrs. Santha Jose happened to accompany one of her relatives, a cancer patient, to the Regional Cancer Centre in Trivandrum for treatment. The plight of hundreds of cancer patients struggling with the same disease moved her so much that she firmly resolved to make a difference in their lives. This idea was shared with a group of like-minded ladies and they met the Director of RCC, Dr. M. Krishnan Nair, Dr. Paul Sebastian, HOD of Head and Neck, and the Chief Nursing Superintendent, Sister Vijaya with this vision in mind. The idea of starting such a support system was met with great encouragement from the RCC authorities and Asraya All Women Charity Organisation was founded in 1996. Ever since, Asraya has been rendering exemplary service in this field for the past 21 years.by Mrs. Santha Jose and a few of her friends with an aim to support poor cancer patients and their families socially, emotionally and financially. Asraya volunteers comprise of around 400 service-minded women, mainly housewives and retired career women, motivated by concern, sympathy and love for the poor and suffering. Asraya was started when there were no other welfare agencies providing this level of support in the Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum.