CHINAR International

CHINAR International CHINAR is a non-profit focused on empowerment of orphans, vulnerable children & marginalized youth through education and socio-economic initiatives.

Alleviating poverty and empowering societies in conflict areas through education and socioeconomic initiatives

Alleviating poverty and empowering societies in conflict areas through education and socioeconomic initiatives

Operating as usual

11/05/2021

CHINAR International, in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences( TISS), Mumbai launched Small Business Support Project at IMPA, Srinagar. Out of 154 candidates who applied for the program from all districts of Kashmir, 21 made it to the finals and 10 will be provided with the start up support.
We are grateful to Prof. Satyajit Majumdar and Mr. Sujay from Tata Institute of Social Sciences टाटा सामाजिक विज्ञान संस्थान and Prof. Saad Parvez from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us.

CHINAR INTERNATIONAL PROVIDED SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT TO ZAHIDA FROM SINGH BARAMULLA.Zahida- a passionate and hard-workin...
11/04/2021

CHINAR INTERNATIONAL PROVIDED SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT TO ZAHIDA FROM SINGH BARAMULLA.
Zahida- a passionate and hard-working woman from district Baramulla has clear thoughts about her business idea and wants to do everything possible to make it work. Coming from a very humble background, Zahida always wanted to support her father in managing family expenses. She is a graduate and wants to pursue her dream of becoming a change maker in her society.
Zahida’s idea is to start a venture by the name of PALAV VAAN where she will sell designer and customized clothes for ladies and kids. When she came to know about the initiative of Small business support, she applied and got selected out of 154 applicants. Today CHINAR provided her with all the necessary items to launch her unit.
CHINAR wishes her all the very best and loads of success.

11/02/2021

LIVELIHOOD PROVIDED TO BADERWAH FAMILY
CHINAR provided #livelihood support to Kanchan Singh from the remote village of #Baderwah Tehsil in #Doda district (Jammu division). Ten years back, Kanchan used to run a small grocery store, which went out of stock after he met an accident and got paralyzed. CHINAR provided him all the supplies and products to resume his business to sustain his family. Kanchan is confident that he will generate sufficient income through his shop and become self-reliant.

CHINAR INTERNATIONAL PROVIDED SMALL #BUSINESS SUPPORT TO DILAWAR HUSSAIN FROM PATTAN Dilawar Hussain from Nowgam, #Bandi...
10/29/2021

CHINAR INTERNATIONAL PROVIDED SMALL #BUSINESS SUPPORT TO DILAWAR HUSSAIN FROM PATTAN
Dilawar Hussain from Nowgam, #Bandipora is one of the Top 10 winners of CHINAR International’s Small Business Support program. Dilawar who is in his thirties is a young and energetic man who always dreamt of starting his own publishing house, but due to financial constraints, he couldn’t. Besides having a low economic background, he has seen a lot of other struggles in his life.
When CHINAR International came up with the initiative of Small Business Support, Dilawar applied and made it to the top 10. Dilawar masters the skill of publishing, graphics designing, photo, and video editing, etc.
Dilawar currently lives in a tin shed and desires to construct a beautiful house for his family.
Today we launched his unit and provided him with all the necessary items which are required to run his business. It was a moment of joy and happiness for him and his family to see his dream turning into a reality.
We wish him all the very best for a successful business.

10/28/2021
CHINAR AALAV

Looking back on 10 impactful years, and looking forward to 10 more.

A big thank you to our donors, supporters, patrons, board of directors (USA & India), advisors, local resource partners and ground team in Kashmir!

Special Thanks To:
🖋 Writer: Zareef Ahmad Zareef
🎼 Singer & Composer: Irfan & Bilal

#10thAnniversary #10YearsOfService

📸 #Throwback: May 21, 2012We are grateful for the first ten years. Thank you all for your support.- CHINAR International...
10/28/2021

📸 #Throwback: May 21, 2012

We are grateful for the first ten years. Thank you all for your support.

- CHINAR International

#10thAnniversary #10YearsOfService

📸 #Throwback: May 21, 2012

We are grateful for the first ten years. Thank you all for your support.

- CHINAR International

#10thAnniversary #10YearsOfService

10/27/2021

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT PROVIDED TO PULWAMA FAMILY
CHINAR provided livelihood support in the form of a cosmetic shop to Abdul Qayoom from #Pampore town of #Pulwama district. His two children were also enrolled in the child development program during a recent scale survey. Abdul Qayoom was running a small cosmetic shop at Batamalo but due to August 5 and COVID-19 lockdowns, he ran out of stock and was not able to purchase the necessary stuff to continue his business. CHINAR helped him revive his business by providing all the products/items to run his shop.

NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2021We pleased to share newsletter for the month of September. It covers major activities across ...
10/21/2021
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NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2021
We pleased to share newsletter for the month of September. It covers major activities across child development, quality education and youth related programs. Thanks to our donors, supporters, and well-wishers for their continuous support and encouragement. If you have any feedback, email us at [email protected]

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WE ARE HIRING!Are you passionate to bring transformational change while working in a tough terrain? Here is your opportu...
10/14/2021

WE ARE HIRING!
Are you passionate to bring transformational change while working in a tough terrain? Here is your opportunity!
CHINAR International invites applications for an exciting community development project at a remote Warwan Valley.
Project name - Community transformation project
Location - Warwan Valley, Kishtwar
Application deadline - 29th October, 2021
See flyer for project details and job description.

10/13/2021

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT GIVEN TO KUPWARA FAMILY
Jehangir is an elder brother to two double orphan children who were enrolled in CHINAR programs in the year 2020. The late father of these unfortunate children was a professional Waza (kashmiri chef) and Jehangir used to assist him and hence learnt the skill of cooking special meals. Being an elder son and the only bread earner of the family, he showed interest in starting a small dhaba (roadside cafe) at his house. Jahangir is hopeful that he will earn sufficient income to take care of his siblings and become self-reliant.

10/13/2021

Want to know more about our last Warwan valley monitoring visit ?
Please watch our latest video of 4 day trip journey to beautiful valley in Kishtwar District.

TEACH WITH CHINAR - HIRING - Apply Now!Community Learning Centre- A CONTINGENCY SCHOOLING PROGRAM. CHINAR International ...
10/11/2021

TEACH WITH CHINAR - HIRING - Apply Now!

Community Learning Centre- A CONTINGENCY SCHOOLING PROGRAM. CHINAR International is inviting people willing to step up and become change-makers and be a part of this program.

Online application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSBSjCuVTsplrnG1Ccq5KLi5PwW19DslzyCcFLPIZbVmO9MA/viewform
Program description: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b2rRu8H_osjrYr_4Ptjjma3IdzO582j-/view?usp=sharing

Apply by: 17th Oct 2021
Contact – 7006521101 for more details.

TEACH WITH CHINAR - HIRING - Apply Now!

Community Learning Centre- A CONTINGENCY SCHOOLING PROGRAM. CHINAR International is inviting people willing to step up and become change-makers and be a part of this program.

Online application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSBSjCuVTsplrnG1Ccq5KLi5PwW19DslzyCcFLPIZbVmO9MA/viewform
Program description: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b2rRu8H_osjrYr_4Ptjjma3IdzO582j-/view?usp=sharing

Apply by: 17th Oct 2021
Contact – 7006521101 for more details.

Community forms an important component across all our education interventions. The importance of parent’s role in shapin...
10/11/2021

Community forms an important component across all our education interventions. The importance of parent’s role in shaping up the character and values among the children is huge. CHINAR – PARENT -TEACHER meeting is one such medium to reach to community for their positive role in education.

CHINAR International conducted community meetings at Shopian (Chowan Keller), Srinagar ( Nigeen Fisherman colony , Pulwama (Sangarwani and Bagh Sangarwani) and at Kulgam ( DK Marg Dragden ) community learning centers (CLC). A total of 70 participants were present during these meetings. All the community stakeholders participated and gave valuable feedback. Parents acknowledged role of CLC’s and thanked CHINAR for starting these centers.

CHINAR International closed its another Skill Development Centre (Cutting and tailoring) at Kawpora, #Pattan. It started...
10/08/2021

CHINAR International closed its another Skill Development Centre (Cutting and tailoring) at Kawpora, #Pattan. It started with the assessment of trainees where all of them demonstrated their good cutting and tailoring skills. At the end 3 toppers were supported with Sewing machines along with other accessories. The trainees and trainers were also felicitated by providing certificates.
CHINAR also started "Hand Embroidery” centre at Sarie Dangarpora, Sumbal Sonawari. Hand Embroidery is quite popular among the local population and will provide livelihood opportunities to the enrolled girls.

CHINAR International closed its Cutting and tailoring center at Gojwara, #Srinagar which we were running in collaboratio...
10/05/2021

CHINAR International closed its Cutting and tailoring center at Gojwara, #Srinagar which we were running in collaboration with Muslim Baitul maal, Gojwara. The assessment cm evaluation process of trainees was done by the CHINAR team, team of Muslim baitul maal, and trainer.
The trainees demonstrated their skills and the majority of them are fully skilled. After the evaluation process, the toppers(3) were provided with sewing machines donated by CHINAR international. At the end of the event, the trainees and trainer were felicitated by providing them with certificates.

ASSESSMENT VISIT TO BADERWAH ( DODA) CHINAR team made a 5 - day trip ( 16th to 20th September) to #Baderwah tehsil of #D...
10/02/2021

ASSESSMENT VISIT TO BADERWAH ( DODA)

CHINAR team made a 5 - day trip ( 16th to 20th September) to #Baderwah tehsil of #Doda district in #Jammu. The objectives of the trip were multifold and were accomplished successfully. The team visited existing families to check their progress and identify challenges. Baseline assessment of 39 enrolled children was done to gauge their learning capacities. The team also conducted community mobilisation event to aware people about importance of education, health and hygiene. Casual clothes and stationery were also distributed to children at the event.

The livelihood support was provided to two low-income families in the form of a provisional store and sewing machine respectively.

Before concluding the trip, the team also did a thorough assessment of the families shortlisted for the scale up program.

Thanks to the team for making it a successful and productive trip.

Some glimpses from the field. More updates and video stories coming up very soon!

09/30/2021

CHINAR International closed its first #crochet and knitting center at HMT, Srinagar. A total of 19 trainees graduated from the three-month course. All the trainees have learnt a variety of designs and have become experts in the skill. Few of them have already started selling their products in the market.
Since the locality has a huge demand for knitted clothes, we hope that the graduated trainees will earn good money out of this skill.

Training of CHINAR staff by TISS faculty in progress.
09/29/2021

Training of CHINAR staff by TISS faculty in progress.

09/29/2021

Training of top 10 business incubatees is in progress. TISS team is facilitating the training at IMPA, Srinagar.

09/29/2021

Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Director trainings, IMPA sharing his thoughts about Small Business Support.

09/28/2021

Dr Mushtaq Margoob talks about youth challenges and problems at Small Business Support event

09/28/2021

Prof. Saad from NIT Srinagar sharing his views about Small Business Support.

09/28/2021

Dilawar Hussain from Bandipora shares his business idea of desktop publishing with the panel and audience.

09/28/2021

Irshad Ahmad from Ganderbal presents his business idea of exotic vegetables

09/28/2021

DAY -2: Fayaz Sultan, another participant from Kupwara answers questions from panel of experts regarding his business idea

09/27/2021

Another participant - Firdous Ahmad Reshi presenting his business idea to the panel of experts.

09/27/2021

Nazera Jan from Baramulla answers questions from panel of experts.

09/27/2021

Mehnaza Khan - CHINAR's first successful business incubatee shares her journey of challenges and experiences with the audience.

09/27/2021

Ms. Zahida Akhter from Baramulla - first presenter

09/27/2021

Prof. Saad from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar shares his experience in business incubation.

3-DAY SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT EVENT STARTS OFFCHINAR International, in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Scienc...
09/27/2021

3-DAY SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT EVENT STARTS OFF

CHINAR International, in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences( TISS), Mumbai launches Small Business Support event at IMPA, Srinagar. Out of 160 candidates who applied for the program from all districts of Kashmir, 21 made it to the finals. Today, 10 participants will present their ideas to the panel of experts, followed by 11 more presenters tomorrow. Ten candidates will be selected for the support at the end of day 2. We are grateful to Prof. Satyajit Majumdar and Mr. Sujay from Tata Institute of Social Sciences टाटा सामाजिक विज्ञान संस्थान and Prof. Saad Parvez from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us.

09/22/2021

Small #Business Support was provided to Naseem Ahmad- a shawl weaver from #pattan. Naseem only deals in Shawl weaving and has been working as professional for the last 7 years. He struggles hard to complete the daily necessities of his family. He had constructed a small workstation at his home where he along with his brother work hard to complete their assignments. Despite working hard they were often underpaid.
He had applied for the CHINAR'S SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT Program and got selected. CHINAR International provided him all the necessary material and equipment’s to start his unit. Now he will own his finished product and can get a decent price for his hard work.
#VideoStory

09/21/2021

CHINAR’s Community Learning Centers (CLCs) are safe and friendly spaces for children to help them cope with the complex conflict around them and learn at the same time. The CLC framework focuses on integration of art in its teaching practices. Quality education team visited various learning centers and evaluated their working as per laid down guidelines.

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT PROVIDED TO PULWAMA FAMILYCHINAR provided livelihood support in the form of cosmetic shop to Abdul Qa...
09/17/2021

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT PROVIDED TO PULWAMA FAMILY
CHINAR provided livelihood support in the form of cosmetic shop to Abdul Qayoom from #Pampore town of #Pulwama district. His two children were also enrolled in the child development program during recent scale survey. Abdul Qayoom was running a small cosmetic shop at Batamalo but due to August 5 and COVID-19 lockdowns, he ran out of stock and was not able to purchase necessary stuff to continue his business. CHINAR helped him revive his business by providing all the products/items to run his shop.

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Since late 2010, the intensity of the conflict in Kashmir has decreased after more than two decades of fluctuating armed violence. However, it has left its mark, leaving behind orphans, widows, community migration, loss of livelihood and poverty. It has had a debilitating impact on the socio-economic fabric, leaving an expansive "lost generation" of youth with fewer economic prospects & opportunities, increasing rates of su***de and a general sense of hopelessness and despair. The capacity of the local state government to provide vital services, especially to the weaker and marginalized sections of the society, is extremely low. There are very few credible local civil society organizations capable of making a large scale social impact and a dearth of any sustained presence of international development NGOs who can partner and build capacities. The metrics below give a perspective on the gravity of the current problem. Population of Kashmir Region (Census 2011) 6 million (State of Jammu & Kashmir - 12 million) Below Poverty Line in Kashmir Region (Economic Survey 2013) 21% - 1.2 million Vulnerable Children & Marginalized Youth 840,000 Orphans in the State of Jammu & Kashmir (Save the Children - INDIA) 214,000 Orphans in Kashmir Region because of Conflict (Save the Children - INDIA) 79,000 (Drop outs - ages 15-18 years - 98%, below age 15 years - 50%) School Dropouts in Orphans (Save the Children - INDIA) 15-18 years - 98% Below 15 years - 50% Youth Bulge (ages 18-35 years) in Kashmir Region (Mercy Corp India) 2.1 million (around 35%) Unemployed or Underemployed Youth (Mercy Corp India) 1 million (50% of youth population - 600,000 of them educated unemployed) With this backdrop, CHINAR launched a grassroots delivery organization in Kashmir in 2011 to address the issues of orphans, vulnerable children and marginalized youth. CHINAR's programs are developed after thorough due diligence and impact analysis, and are structured to scale and sustain to maximize impact. CHINAR is also focused on organizational capacity building, innovation, collaborations and partnerships. Overall, our team has developed; our programs have evolved; our processes of beneficiary selection, monitoring and oversight have been refined; and our footprint has increased. We believe that CHINAR is strategically well placed to scale up operations/interventions and take on the role of a credible and capable developmental organization that can partner with civil society organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations and have a large scale social impact in the lives of orphans, vulnerable children & marginalized youth.

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REMOTE CHILDREN SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
CHINAR’s Strategy – Help vulnerable children in their current environment using a holistic community based approach. Remember the old African proverb - "It takes a village to raise a child".
This program is for vulnerable children from families that have no to little means of livelihood and are struggling to provide for their children. The focus of this program is on quality education and nurturing environment of such children. The selected child is provided with all basic necessities like school fees, remedial tuition fee, stationary, clothes, nutrition, hygiene kit and basic healthcare. No cash is given to the families. After base lining for competency in education, an individual remedial plan is devised for each child and implemented in their local school and remedial tuition centre (set up by CHINAR). In order to continue support from CHINAR, the child has to maintain at least 75% attendance in school and remedial classes.
This is a 5 year project after which the guardian of the child should be able to support the child on their own.
Highlights of the Program:
• Keeping children and families together
• Identifying deserving children based on a selection criteria
• Empowering children to reach their full potential by providing quality education & psychological, material and social support
• Provide nurturing environment
• Basic healthcare
• Careful monitoring, evaluation, reporting and recording in order to ensure progress
• Provide non-monetary support to children
• Involve teachers, parents, senior students and community members for monitoring and oversight.
• Establishing community-based projects and coordinating structure to ensure sustainability

REMOTE EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
This program is for vulnerable children from families that have a means of livelihood but are struggling to keep the children in school because of low income level. The focus of this program is just on the quality education of the children. The selected child is provided with basic necessities like school fee, remedial tuition fees, stationary, uniform, hygiene kit and basic healthcare. No cash is given to the families. After base lining for competency in education, an individual remedial plan is devised for each child and implemented in their local school and remedial tuition centre (set up by CHINAR). In order to continue support from CHINAR, the child has to maintain at least 75% attendance in school and remedial classes.
This is a 5 year project after which the guardian of the child should be able to support the child on their own.
Highlights of the Program:
• Keeping children and families together
• Identifying deserving children based on a selection criteria
• Empowering children to reach their full potential by providing quality education & psychological, material and social support
• Basic healthcare
• Careful monitoring, evaluation, reporting and recording in order to ensure progress
• Provide non-monetary support to children
• Involve teachers, parents, senior students and community members for monitoring and oversight.
• Establishing community-based projects and coordinating structure to ensure sustainability

REMOTE FAMILY SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
This program is for families that are financially struggling with no means of stable monthly income. CHINAR provides market focused Community Finance for livelihoods to the guardians of vulnerable children so that the guardians can raise their families in a nurturing way. The target is to make the families self-reliant within 5 years. CHINAR facilitates these struggling guardians to access the profitable markets to sell their goods.
CHINAR’s counseling and guidance programs help identify livelihoods options depending on the background and skill type and level of the guardian.
Highlights of the Program:
• Interest free loan
• Identifying deserving struggling families based on a selection criteria
• Empowering guardians / parents of vulnerable children to reach their full potential by way of market focused community finance for livelihoods, psychological, material and social support
• Healthcare for livestock (in case families receive community finance for livestock)
• Access to markets
• Careful monitoring, evaluation, reporting and recording in order to ensure progress
• Provide non-monetary support to children

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
This program is for vulnerable and marginalized youth who want to acquire new or upgrade their current skills to match the industry standards and market demands. New skills will enable youth to create more opportunities either getting employed or even starting their own business and have a stable monthly income to sustain their families.

CHINAR will provide potential entrepreneurs jumpstart capital to start their own business under its Skill Development Initiative. This program is also open for the guardians of children selected in our other programs.

THE EDUCATION-BRIDGE
The main focus area of CHINAR is quality education for children in general and orphans, vulnerable and out of school children in particular. The Education bridge initiative aims to strengthen the quality of education by way of :
• Remedial education for children with low competency levels (drop outs, never enrolled, child laborers etc.)
• Community mobilization programs to make teachers, parents and the community aware of their role in imparting quality education to children and to bridge the gap especially between parents and teachers.
• Teacher workshops to build the capacities of the teachers to adopt modern tools and methods of pedagogy so that teachers can deliver quality education.
• Teacher incentivisation and motivation programs
• School Libraries and Playground support.
• Night classes / Non-Formal Education

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