We are a Scottish charity dedicated to relieving poverty, improving health and advancing education among destitute children in India and to date we have raised over £175,000.

We have built a home for 150 children and are currently helping to fund a school in Tamil Nadu

With your support we can continue to make a real difference to these children's lives.

About Us

Children’s Right to Shelter India - Cherishindia - is a charity based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. The committee consists of Lynn Calder (Chair), Scarlett Barclay, Hilary Kerr, Maggie Logan, Joan Sims and Matt Smith. Cherishindia was established to support the Love Care Centre in India by building them a new, purpose built home on land they had been gifted.

Cherishindia became a registered charity in December 2007 (reg. no SC039056).
On 25th April 2008, Cherishindia held a Grand Charity Dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre which raised in excess of £42000 to help fund the construction of the new building. Additional donations and small fundraising events allowed us to employ a local Indian architect to draw up plans for a building suitable for their needs.
Plans and costs were approved in October 2009, following a Trustees’ visit to India in April. The project budget was £88000, totally funded by Cherishindia.

An engineer friend, John Gunn, who has worked on many construction projects overseas, offered his talents to help advise the committee on the construction process. He worked closely with the Indian architect and contractor, visiting India several times and making sure all went smoothly.

The new building was successfully completed, on budget, in September 2010 to the jubilation of the children who had had no more than a rooftop to exercise and play on for the previous 2 years. Today they have 14 acres to run around in and are enjoying the new facilities.
At the moment, we are trying to encourage more child sponsorship to help with running costs and education.


Cherishindia is run entirely by volunteers with no employed staff or offices, keeping administrative costs to a minimum.