The Emirates-CHES Home

Chennai,IndiaHIV positive children abandoned on the streets of Chennai, India, have a place to call home thanks to the Emirates Airline Foundation.

The Emirates-CHES Home - complete with dormitories, a medical centre, play area and swimming pool - houses more than 100 destitute children infected with the virus.

Donations funded the entire $642,000 cost of building the facility – operated in conjunction with the Community Health Education Society (CHES) NGO - plus its US $86,000 a year running costs for the next 20 years.

CHES previously cared for the children in rented villas until the Emirates-CHES Home, giving them the chance to vastly improve the resident’s quality of life and offer them schooling at the centre’s education unit.

Speaking at the opening of the home in 2008, Dr Pinagapany Manorama, founder and president of CHES, said: "Emirates airline's gesture has come at a time when space is a huge constraint in the city. We are extremely glad that our dream project is taking shape.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Emirates airline on behalf of the entire CHES family, for joining hands with us in supporting the noble cause of providing quality health care to HIV positive children."

The ceremony to launch the orphanage was attended by Emirates employee Sudhir Sukumaran, a Sales Manager for Tamil Nadu, who said: "The Emirates Airline Foundation endeavours to offer succour to under-privileged children across the world. Through this initiative, we hope to make the lives of these children as joyous and comfortable as possible.

"The Community Health Education Society has been in the field for the past 14 years, and their expertise and commitment to the cause has made them the perfect partners for this project. We are glad to be a part of this wonderful and unique initiative.”

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