Children’s Right to Shelter India - Cherishindia - is a charity based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. The committee consists of Lynn Calder (Chair), Elaine Duguid, Maggie Logan, Nancee Phillips and Joan Sims. 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. Lois Small, who lives near Birmingham, has had a long standing involvement with the LCC and has also been a great supporter and fundraiser for Cherishindia. 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.
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.
Mike Connarty, Ronnie Collard and their departments in Standard Life, Edinburgh, have been magnificent in their support and have raised huge amounts of money through sponsored runs, cake bakes and intra-departmental events.
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.