Project Title: The Children's Home of Hope
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Partner Since: 1998
At CHOH, each child, regardless of prior circumstance, is given the opportunity to grow and have a future. CHOH was formed in 1970 as an orphanage to serve children of leprosy afflicted parents, and soon evolved to house over a thousand displaced and destitute children. In 1995, the Tanya Nursery and Primary School was formed to provide CHOH children with elementary education. After completing their primary studies, the children are sent to local schools to further continue their education.
When first founded, poor hygiene and unsanitary conditions had caused a rampant outbreak of gastroenteritis. Since then, HOH has donated $333,000-- funding food, clothing, education, staff salaries and administrative overhead. They continue to help add staff, and help children with higher education to ensure a secure future.
CHOH also operates a hostel and primary school with six teachers for children from poor families. Though donations, CHOH recently built and opened a three-story, 20,000 square-foot new facility. The new, light-filled building is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a music room, a dance studio, separate floors for bedrooms, classrooms, the library and computer lab, additional toilet facilities, a private area for the teachers, and a rooftop area for sports. It currently houses 100 children, with the vast majority being girls. The real impact of CHOH is exemplified by the dedication of the graduates now working at the orphanage.
Home of Hope Funding Focus:
- Nutritional Efforts
- Operational Costs
- Education Costs
- Staff Salaries
Kamala is an example of a very strong spirited young girl who lives at CHOH. Her father deserted the family. Her mother, half-blind, very depressed, and dealing with her two daughters alone, felt her only solution was to take the lives of the small girls and end her own. Kamala heard the agonizing words of her mother, clutched her arm and promised to take responsibility for the family, if her mother promised not to kill herself. When Nilima Sabharwal first met with Kamala at the Children's Home of Hope, she was only seven years old, yet already feeling very responsible for her younger sister. Today, she has finished her nursing diploma and is working as a qualified nurse at a prestigious hospital, with plans to take higher level studies. Through all of this, she continues to look after her mother and sister, just as promised.
Four other graduates of CHOH have made a donation to the School of Rs 10,000:
- Aruna came to CHOH in 2003, when she was in the 8th grade, and today she is working for a software company and also offers a scholarship to every student whose tests exceed 85%.
- Sudarshan and Nirmala are both engineers and are inspired to pay it forward by giving back to CHOH.
- Suddha Raju was motivated by the school to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and now works in a bank, also giving back to CHOH.