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CHINAR was launched in 2003 in Northern Virginia for rehabilitation of orphans and vulnerable children in conflict areas. Between 2004 and 2011, CHINAR successfully ran a pilot project- CHINAR Home (a home for 20 orphan boys and girls) in partnership with a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Kashmir,India. CHINAR also started a remote sponsorship of vulnerable children and disaster relief activities after the earthquake of 2005 in Kashmir which included rehabilitation of a border village in Uri district.
In 2011, after a thorough organizational review and pilot project assessment, CHINAR made major changes to its strategy with the goal of delivering impactful, innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing social problems related to orphans, vulnerable children and marginalized youth. Besides revising its programs, CHINAR also revamped its overall management including remote governance, operations, monitoring and oversight.
After the organizational review, CHINAR concluded its partnership with the local NGO in Kashmir and launched new chapter organizations in Srinagar-J&K and Delhi-India to execute on the new strategy. CHINAR now has offices in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir) ,New Delhi in India and Herndon, Virginia in USA.