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Educational pilot Launched - June’2014:

CHINAR has started the pilot phase of a five year program in collaboration with Department of School Education Kashmir (DSEK). The pilot involves schools from 5 districts of the Kashmir region including Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Kulgam and will last 2 years.

The detail assessment which captures base line data of the selected schools has already started. It includes capturing information about the school infrastructure, competency level of the children and the capacity of teachers. A grade is to be given to the school based on the results of the assessment. A detailed remediation plan with clear measurable goals and timeline will be completed for each school to address the gaps and obstacles identified during the assessment phase. The execution on the plan will start without any delay with first evaluation to be conducted in 6 months to see if the project is on track and if any course correction is required to ensure the success of the pilot. Phase -II will start after the pilot is declared a success which will involve adding more schools to the program.

CHINAR Salutes the Spirit of Motherhood – May’2014:

Child Nurture & Relief conducted a Mother’s day fundraising event on May 11th in Herndon, Virginia. The event included a photo gallery with photograph prints on canvas donated by photographers Suhail Mir, Sarfraz Durrani, Sarosh Mir, and Irfan Shahmiri. The artwork was purchased throughout the night during our silent auction and live auction hosted by Sehla Ashai to benefit CHINAR’s mission. Photographers Suhail Mir and Sarosh Mir covered the event, and guests were able to their photo taken during the donor appreciation photo shoot.

The event also included a moving video on Child Nurture & Relief’s efforts, produced by CHINAR intern Ray Dobson. Following this were presentations by CHINAR ambassadors Amjad Khan and Sehla Ashai on the importance of CHINAR’s work and its impact on children and families in Kashmir.

Many thanks to everyone who came to the event to support CHINAR; thanks to your help we raised around $30,000 from the art auction, donations, and pledges! To stay updated on future events follow us on Twitter @news_chinar and like us on Facebook!

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CHINAR video released - May 2014:

A video regarding CHINAR programs including case studies was produced by Ray Dobson - CHINAR summer intern in USA. Here is the link to the video -

Handwara distribution of supplies

CHINAR’s most recent event in Handwara was a great success! On Saturday, May 17th CHINAR organized distribution of supplies to participants in the Remote Child Sponsorship Program in Handwara, which was accompanied by performances by the children and speeches by their teachers and school officials.

The event opened with a warm welcome and thanks by the Principal of AIIMS (Ain-lL-ILUM-Institute of Morality & Science), Suliman Mir. After speaking of the work CHINAR is doing for the education of children, guests were able to witness this progress for themselves in their presentations. Students performed songs and poems for the audience, demonstrating the immense impact education has had on CHINAR’s participants.

After these touching performances the CHINAR team and AIIMS School’s principal distributed summer supplies to the children. Their new supplies include school uniforms, casualwear, school shoes, and school bags to prepare them for the summer months. Additionally, they were given medicine to aid in de-worming to ensure the children’s health and nutrition. The event also included the signing of contracts with 9 new families. These families will now be offered support under the Remote Child Sponsorship Program. CHINAR is happy to be adding new families to their programs and empowering these children through education initiatives.

You can find more details about the event at our blog:

Srinagar Scale up – March 2014

The CHINAR team enrolled 30 children from 11 families after a rigorous process of selection that lasted over three months, bringing the total number of children supported in the Srinagar district to 60. The number of families supported under the Livelihood Program in the Srinagar district increased to six with the selection of one more family under the Remote Family Sponsorship Program.

Study for Save the Children – February 2014

CHINAR successfully completed the study "Impact of Conflict on Children in District Srinagar, Rajouri and Poonch" for Save the Children - India. The final report was submitted in mid-February and has been accepted by Save the Children.

The objective of this assignment was to assess the overall impact of conflict on children in three districts of Jammu and Kashmir. This assessment will guide us to frame future strategies and program interventions for these three districts.

The specific objectives of the study were:

  • To assess the field situation and impact of the on-going conflict on children in three districts of J&K
  • To review the existing strategies and mechanism ( Govt. or Non- govt.) of providing support to children who are affected due to conflict and landmines
  • To assess the effectiveness and sustainability of existing mechanism for providing support to children affected due to conflict
  • To come up with strategies to address the issues of children in conflict and border areas.

The study is the intellectual property of Save the Children, India. The release date for the study has not been announced yet.