Introduction to CHES

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CHES was started to cater to the needs of two AIDS orphans in 1994. It is governed by a 14-member board with more than 50% being women. It has been registered Under the Tamilnadu Societies Regulation Act, 1975. The organization has been registered under the Foreign Currency Regulation Act of India, has been offered the Fit institution Status by the Department of Social Defense, Government of Tamilnadu, as a special home to cater to the needs of AIDS orphans. CHES has life time Tax exemption.

CHES has large expertise of over two decades working with children. The organizations initial programs were health related mostly covering STI, HIV and AIDS. The NGO reached different kinds of beneficiaries such as from AIDS orphans to children living in families affected by AIDS, People Living with HIV and AIDS, Female sex workers, Children of Sex workers, male sex workers including transgender and Homosexuals, grannies living with AIDS orphans, pregnant women and general public.

Since 2004, CHES started to plan for a larger work among children. This was the year of tsunami that had severe impact on people living in the coastal areas of Chennai, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Puducherry and Chidambaram. E As people ran for lost homes, boats and nets children were abandoned not understanding as to what had happened. CHES noticed that many of them were emotionally disturbed and hence the NGO started to provide psychosocial support to Tsunami affected children. CHES had new experience and was able to manage well with their working experience with children.

The next turn came in 2007 when Dr.Manorama was appointed as the Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, Chennai. It was then CHES started to focus on children in a larger context.

The NGO now works with AIDS orphans, Orphan Vulnerable Children in the community, Runaway Boys reaching the Government run reception center at Chennai, Girls admitted at the one and ONLY Government Home for girls in TN for care and protection, children needing Care and protection, Children abused and exploited and the NGO’s basic focus is based on ensuring Child Rights and Child Protection.

CHES gained a lot of experience and have had several lessons learnt. The NGO has used them well to become a significant resourceful center and people have rightly identified CHES as a training institute. CHES was instrumental in mentoring and monitoring local NGOs at several districts of TN, Have developed a huge collection of resourceful power point presentations, training manuals and curriculums. Dr.Manorama and her team have become a constant resource training NGO staff, health care providers, Medical doctors, Counselors, Caregivers, Teachers, Doctors, Nurses, Police, Lawyers, Media persons, staffs of District Child Protection units, State Child Protection Society, Village administrative officers, tasildhars, Block Development Officers, Child-line workers, All women Police of Chennai, Police force through Police academy trainings, Institutional staffs, Village Health Nurses, railway Police, volunteers, Corporates etc etc subjects such as on HIV and AIDS, Counseling children, Running children home, Child Rights and JJ Act and system, ICPS, Child sexual abuse and laws relating to the same etc .

CHES has also developed several need based training manual for CHES and Dr.Manorama 
has developed manuals for other organizations as well. Some of them include:  
1.Nurtured Hope  training manual for caregivers  
2.Not a mirage  training on foster care program for AIDS orphans  
3.A Giant Step  training manual to train counselors on Child Counseling  
4.In Vivo  a training manual to train doctors  
5.Reaching Home  training manual for NGO staff on OVC specific Home Based Care  
6.Roja Kuttam  training manual to handle disclosed children group  
7.Kutiyn Nalam  health education manual to train children  
8.Training Module on Basic STD/HIV/AIDS for NGOs eager to Mainstream HIV/AIDS 
9.Sexual reproductive health manual to train adolescent girls on reproductive tract       
     health and hygiene  
10.Basic HIV/ AIDS for school children for DIET  
11.Stride the Boulder-Treatment Preparedness education for CLWHA for PWN+  
12.Soft Skill Training manual for children in Homes.  
The Project Director’s expertise has also been used to consultancy to develop several 
documents and some of them are given below:  
1.Gaps in existing training curriculum for doctors in Tamilnadu for INP+ 
2.Policy issues related to AIDS orphans for UNICEF 
3.Minimum standard of care for children under institutional care for UNICEF   
4.Policy document regarding Children affected by AIDS in Tamilnadu for TANSAC  
5.Operational guidelines for the TN orphan trust  
6.An Impact assessment of HIV/AIDS on children at 4 high prevalent districts in 
Tamilnadu for TANSACS  
7.Rapid Assessment of Children Affected and Vulnerable to HIV/AIDS IN TAMIL NADU 
for Futures group  
8.Need Assessment of PLHA in Nammakkal for FHI  USAID  
9.Need Assessment of CAA in Nammakkal for FHI  USAID 
10.Child Protection policy for residential homes  
11.Need Assessment Study of children affected by AIDS under Project Thooli  
12.OVC Case study documentation for APAC- VHS-USAID  
13.Successful Practice in programs for children living with HIV for CHES  
14.Impact of tsunami on children vulnerability in Tamilnadu for Save the children  
15.Long Term Impact Of Tsunami On Psychological And Social Well Being Of Child 
Survivors for SCARF and Plan International  
Besides this CHES team has been a constant resource used by Print and TV media  
The organization was involved in several researches such as the following: 
1.CHES started its research carrier in 2000 when CHES along with MBC University of 
Australia, Dr.MGR medical University conducted a KAP study on antenatal care, 
breast feeding and infant feeding practices in Tamilnadu.  
2.A situation assessment study on impact of HIV/AIDS on children and PLHA at 
Nammakkal with FHI in the year 2002.  
3.An Impact assessment of HIV/AIDS on children along with TANSACS in the year 
2002 at 4 high prevalent districts in Tamilnadu. 
4.A RAAP study in 2005 on ‘Impact of HIV/AIDS on children affected by AIDS in 
Tamilnadu’ with FUTURES group as a preparation for NACP III. 
5.A vulnerability study was conducted at Cuddalore and Nagapattinam in 2006 among 
tsunami affected children in 5 districts in Tamilnadu with technical inputs from Save 
the Children UK. 
6.A need assessment study among 500 children and their families affected by AIDS at 
Chennai city in 2006 with technical support from USAID  FHI. 
7.The Road Map study among Boys reaching Chennai Government reception Unit in 
CHES has effectively built the internal strength of the NGO team by developing organization 
profile, various policies including admin policy, travel policy, Financial policy, Leave policy, 
Child Protection policy and Model Home for AIDS orphans explaining the proper functioning 
of the care Home for AIDS orphans. CHES has also developed a specific Child Protection 
Policy for the Government Reception unit.