Terre des Hommes CORE Trust (Children’s Organization for Relief and Education) is a registered Indian Non-Governmental / Child Welfare Organization (NGO) working for children in distress, children in need of care and protection and the rehabilitation of disabled children.
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Terre des Hommes CORE
Terre des Hommes CORE started on 18 April 1994, in a small rented building on the outskirts of Tiruvannamalai town by Chezhian Ramu to provide care and support to abandoned, orphan, begging and street children.
Tdh CORE is working extensively in India and more specifically in the Southern state of Tamil Nadu, developing various child development programs. Tdh CORE focuses on child development through children rights, education, quality care, support and protection. We currently work in 5 districts of Tamil Nadu:Tiruvannamalai, Salem, Cuddalore, Vellore and Kancheepuram. Our administrative base is in Tiruvannamalai, which is known for its divine and eternal peace and is rich in traditional values.
“Simple human being working for human being”
25 Years Journey of TdhCORE Trust
“Our focus is to develop children and young adults to their full potential. My experience shows that thousands of children who were in our programs became independent adults, who are socially and economically successful members of our society.”
– Tdh CORE President and Founder, Mr. Chezhian Ramu
Mr Gerd Strehle, a Swiss citizen and engineering professional, during a visit to India, witnessed the suffering of children in Slums of Calcutta and rural villages of Tamil Nadu. This experience made him become a child’s rights activist, committed to work for the welfare of the children of India.
“I Alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” – Mother Teresa
Chezhian Ramu (b. 1969) was born and educated in Chennai in an orthodox family. He was the only son of his family. When he lost his parents in a road accident in 1991, he moved to Tiruvannamalai in search of peace, love and affection. As he came across abandoned and begging children wandering in the streets of Tiruvannamalai, Chezhian compared his circumstances with that of those children, who were starving, not only for food but also for shelter, protection and love. This awareness made him commit to “lighting the life” of suffering children.
Mr Chezhian Ramu strongly inspired by Mr Gerd Strehle, Swiss Child development worker – CoFounder of TdhCORE along with Chezhian Ramu, Edmond Kaiser – Founder of Terre des Hommes CORE movement and Mr Carlo Crocco, Swiss Entrepreneur and a great Philanthropist for the commitment towards children rights and protection.
Mr Chezhian Ramu received the “Rajiv Gandhi Mana Seva award – 2017” from The Honorable President of India Mr Ramnath Govind for the best institution and outstanding performance in the field of children welfare for the past 2 and half decades.
He has been continuously receiving many state and district awards for his dedicative services towards children welfare. For instance, more recently he received a best social award from the District Collector of Tiruvannamalai on India Republic day 26 January 2021. Mr Chezhian Ramu served in various position in Government Committee from June 2004 to 2012, he also served as chairman of the child welfare committee in Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts. From June 2012 to December 2020 he served as Juvenile Justice Board.
Presently 26 child development projects are implementing in various districts of Tamil Nadu, like Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Salem and Vellore.