Chilla empowers underprivileged children to overcome stigma and discrimination and enables them to enjoy a dignified life. The program provides a quality life to children of street sex workers, HIV orphans, and children in conflict with the law through care and support services for proper upbringing and self-reliance. The program focuses on the rights and lives of the children of the sex workers who are in an unfair state of destitution. It offers a roosting place for the children of women who are being denied the right to nurture and own them.
Chilla is a children's home where the needs are taken care of with a major focus on quality education. The children are sent to regular nearby schools. It provides educational grants, study materials, a library and computer with Internet facilities, and tuition to those who are in hostels for higher studies.
Additional educational support is given to improve their communication and other skills through interns and volunteers who visit the center from universities in Sweden, France, and the US to interact during their internship, improving the quality of children's education. Volunteers from inside and outside the country, including Indian university students, those from engineering colleges and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, doctors, artists, engineers, lawyers, scientists, civil service trainees, etc., engage in the personality-development activities with the children in the center through interactive sessions and activities. Recreational, sports, and cultural activities for the physical and psychological well-being of children are often organized. Theater and art groups often visit the students to help instill self-confidence in the children.
The program focuses on the rights and lives of the children of the street sex workers who are in an unfair state of destitution. It offers a roosting place for the children of women who are being denied the right to nurture them.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportParental/community engagement in support of studentsCommunity EngagementEnglish language21st century skills (soft skills)Vocational/technical skillsInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)
Model details2000Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumOtherOverall development of deprived childrenEnglish language21st century skills (soft skills)Vocational/technical skillsInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)ActiveLong-term projectIndividual donationsOther5030%70%
BeneficiariesOrphans and vulnerable childrenOtherChildren from stigmatized and discriminated sections of society, such as street sex workers’ children, HIV orphans, and children in conflict with the law
Chilla targets the poor through linkages with Sex Workers Forum in Kerala and with the help of Childline.
Scale50 children have been served to date. 1One center is presently functioning.
The program started with 5 children and is now catering to 17 children.
Chilla has plans for a sustainability project. It aims to set up an eco-friendly system, which would put the project on the path of financial self-sustainability, create employment opportunities for the mothers of the children at Chilla and create a green environment for the development of the children to their fullest potential. The project is expected to generate income for the sustenance of Chilla, as well as for the women associated. The project has three main facets:
- Aqua farming
- Organic farming
- Training center of eco-friendly products
It is planned to manufacture products using bamboo, used papers, cloths, natural fibers, etc. This has a three-dimensional effect: sustainability for the Chilla project, income for deprived women, and environmental protection (since these products are expected to reduce the impact of plastic to an extent).