Chalice has been working with children and seniors in India since 1996, in 13 sites in both rural and urban communities.
In the areas where Chalice works, many of the children and families are stigmatized due to caste and tribal affiliation, and HIV/AIDS is endemic. Children with disabilities and conflict refugees likewise face discrimination and have poor access to basic public services such as schools and medical facilities. The job market is fiercely competitive, and many parents rely on daily, seasonal labour to earn income. Children are encouraged to drop out of school at an early age in to find daily wage work. Young women are often discouraged from pursuing post-secondary education and careers in favour of marriage and running a household.
Through the support of sponsors and donors, Chalice and our local partners focus on:
- Education – Ensuring each child completes their education until high school graduation, at a minimum. Our Indian sites places special emphasis on providing access to education to children living with stigma or physical health conditions.
- Livelihood- providing capacity-building training for parents, especially women, to assist them to find work or begin their own income-generating projects.
- Care for the Extremely Vulnerable – Providing adequate care and resources for marginalized people in extreme need, including orphans and individuals living with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, disabilities and severe social stigmatization.
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Our India Sites:Assam
– Chalice has partnered with Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod in the geographically isolated state of Assam since 2009. Sr.Bindu Chacko oversees the sponsorship program from the Mercy Home, providing educational and rehabilitative services to the children in this community, with a special focus on improved mobility and independence of children with disabilities.Bangalore
– Chalice has partnered with Good Shepherd Sisters in the state of Karnataka since 1998. Sr. Lissy Chacko oversees the sponsorship program which spans across seven rural, remote, and urban locations over two states. In addition to sponsorship, the Sisters provide work to improve the socio-economic status of families and communities, and offer skills development programs such as tailoring, gardening, handicrafts, and English as a Spoken Language.Berhampur
– Chalice has partnered with Diocese of Berhampur, in collaboration with the Sisters of the Daughters of Charity, and Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod since 2000. Fr. Mahendra oversees the sponsorship of both children and seniors in six sites, one of which includes a leprosy colony. In addition to sponsorship, the site provides health supports such as physiotherapy for children with physical disabilities and psychotherapy. The staff also provides vocational training to the youth.Goa
– Chalice has partnered with Congregation of Sisters of the Cross in the community of Honda, situated in North Goa, since 2015. Sr. Jyoti Almeida and the sisters run the sponsorship program in Holy Cross Corso Farm, a home for children who are orphaned, abandoned, from broken or disturbed families, or live on the streets. In addition to sponsorship, the site provides remedial tutoring, special education classes, and counseling for migrant children with disabilities. The Sisters run a nutrition program and ensure the children access to health clinics and medical. Site staff run workshops for local parents to increase awareness of the importance of education. Imphal
- Chalice has partnered with the Diocesan Social Services Society (DSSS) of the Archdiocese of Imphal since 2011. Rev. Fr. Avince Dilbung oversees the sponsorship program spanning seven locations in two tribal villages, where public infrastructure is extremely under-developed, lacking basic resources such as schools, drinking water, irrigation systems, and adequate housing. In addition to sponsorship, the site provides capacity-building training for women and parents to promote income generation activities. They also place emphasis on sustainable rural development through natural resource management education and organic farming. Kerala
– Chalice has partnered with the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod in two states in central and south India in 1997. Sr.Deepa Joseph runs the sponsorship program accross eight sites, which includes a school for children with special needs. In addition to sponsorship, the site provides health care and nutrition programs. The Sisters work with families to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for the siblings and parents of the sponsored children, which includes the Skills@Chalice employment
skills program. The site is also implementing an ambitious and wide-reaching water and sanitation project in several remote villagesMangalagiri
– Chalice has partnered with the Good Shepherd Sisters across three Indian states since 2014. Sr. Maria Rose directs the sponsorship program in 7 rural, remote, and urban locations. In addition to sponsorship, the Sisters provide work to improve the socio-economic status of families and communities, and offer skills development programs such as tailoring, gardening, handicrafts, and English as a Spoken Language.Nellore
– Chalice has partnered with the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod in the Andhar Pradesh state since 2012. Sr. Matilda Soosai oversees the sponsorship program in Vianney Home for children and the very remote community of Mukwha. Vianney Home is a residence for orphaned and non-orphaned children with HIV/AIDS, disabilities as well as children from stigmatized populations. Some rural children stay in school hostel while others stay at home with their family. Orissa
– Chalice has partnered with Sisters of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul across three Indian states since 1997. Sr. Mary Velamparampil DC oversees sponsorship for both children and seniors in seven locations, including a girls' and boys' hostel, a rehabilitation center for differently-abled children, and a home for elderly women who have no family or have been abandoned. Visa
– Chalice has partnered with TARA (Training And Research for Action) in the port city of Visakapattinam since 1996. STAR
– Chalice has partnered with STAR Trust in the rural communities in Tamil Nadu state since 2012. Dr. M. Arumairaj oversees the sponsorship program in the region, where most families are affected/infected with HIV/AIDS. STAR site also serves a high number of families with children with physical and cognitive disabilities. The site provides access to the correct care and resources for children with disabilities, as well as a supportive network of fellow parents. The site also promotes family development and counselling. The site is also implementing an ambitious and wide-reaching water and sanitation project in several remote villagesTamil
– Chalice has partnered with the Diocese in the urban temple hub of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu state since 1999. Fr. Samson runs the sponsorship program in diocese-run schools and hostels. The site provides the children with nutrition and health care. The site is also implementing an ambitious and wide-reaching water and sanitation project in several remote villages. The site work with families to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for the siblings and parents of the sponsored children, which includes the Skills@Chalice employment
– Chalice has partnered with the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod in rural, urban and remote tribal communities of Tamil Nadu since 1997. Sr. Amala oversees the sponsorship program for both children and seniors in eight sub-sites, which include schools and residences, a hostel for children, and a home for the elderly. In addition to sponsorship, the site runs tutoring programs, and children are encouraged to pursue extra-curricular activities including arts, sports, computer and cultural programs.