We were founded on the belief that every child counts.
Children’s Hope India (CHI) is guided by the principle that “every child counts.” Our mission is to give impoverished and underprivileged children a chance for a brighter future. We do this by partnering with local organizations that improve children’s access to education, medical care, shelter, nutritious meals, and job skills training. And we support initiatives that improve communities and foster an environment where change is possible. Over the years we have helped to give hundreds of thousands of children and their families the capacity and courage to achieve their dreams.
The situation of impoverished children in India deserves our attention.
India is home to the largest number of children in the world. However, the country also contributes to more than 20% of child deaths in the world. Less than half of India’s children between the age 6 and 14 go to school. Early marriage, distance to schools, limited transportation, household chores, lack of funds, poor safety, and the need to attend to siblings are some of the important reasons why children drop out of school. About one third of girls drop out for these reasons.
The first project CHI ever funded was an orphanage in Mumbai called Bal Asha. On a budget of $1000, the nonprofit supported approximately 70 children offering them regular meals, shelter, activities such as painting, as well as providing counseling services to older children. The project was an early success and helped set the foundation for future growth. Today, Children’s Hope India supports more than 20 projects across India, supports initiatives in the United States, and in crisis-hit countries like the Philippines that improve children’s health and education prospects, and the communities they live in. Learn more about CHI programs.
Why Children’s Hope India?
At its core CHI is a volunteer led initiative. Our team of dedicated members and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure we are constantly evolving and supporting programs. A holistic model allows us to judiciously control expenses, while providing programs the capital to grow. Over the last five years, 90% of donations have gone directly towards programs. We realize that to create lasting change in India we need to combine education with grassroots efforts that empower women, children and the community. Your support helps us maintain the momentum we have built over the last 20 years. Learn more about the CHI approach and How you can help.
Short Video on CHI Projects
Statistics sourced from “The Situation of Children in India – A Profile,” UNICEF, May 2011.