Cherishindia became a registered charity in Scotland in December 2007 with the primary aim of funding the building of a new orphanage for The Love Care Centre near Chennai, India.
Since then, we have raised over £112,000; from small fundraisers such a Margarita night and coffee mornings to a ‘Grand Charity Event’ held at the Edinburgh International Convention Centre in April 2008, which raised in excess of £42,000.
Over the next year, plans were drawn up by a local Indian architect in collaboration with Sophia and John Chelladurai (the founders and directors of the Love Care Centre) and our own Scottish Project Manager, John Gunn, a very experienced Structural Engineer, who has led projects for international companies and organisations worldwide and donated his services for free.
The new Love Care Centre was successfully completed in September 2010, covering over 6000 square feet and providing 6 dormitories for the children: 3 each for boys and girls. As well as a large central indoor playing area, the children now have plenty of space to run around with a new football and volleyball pitch.
Having achieved our 'founding aims', we are beginning to identify ways in which we can continue to support the Love Care Centre, for example: