Nurturing Initiatives

As a platform, CIOSA also has an objective of identifying and nurturing innovative solutions that address complex social problems and have the potential for replication. Some of the initiatives that CIOSA has helped incubate are:

  • Ekam Foundation
  • Doctor's Day
  • Young Professional Assistance
  • Inaindhu Naam

Ekam Foundation

EKAM is a Community Pediatric Project to provide complete and holistic health care to the underprivileged children in partnership with hospitals Pediatricians,Nutrionists,Social Workers,Yoga Instructors and NGOs. Ekam tries to ensure that no child is denied of best health care.

Doctor's Day

CIOSA partnered Udhavum Ullangal in instituting the Dr. K S Sanjivi Awards to recognize and honour medical professionals and institutions for their dedicated and tireless service to the poor. Dr. K S Sanjivi was one of the pioneers of community health in Chennai, and founder of the Voluntary Health Services, Taramani. From 2010, the awards are organized by Udhavum Ullangal along with Ekam Foundation. The awards…

  • Recognize and reward doctors offering quality, affordable treatment for the poor
  • Motivate young doctors to focus on service rather than monetary gain
  • Create a network of such doctors with ‘heart,’ dedicated to helping the poor and needy

Young Professional Assistance Programme

While NGOs need professional social workers, not all of them are in a position to afford the compensation that a social worker needs. The Young Professional Assistance programme was created to fill this gap. Through this programme, CIOSA supported seven NGO members.  The members employed professionals and were required to bear only half the salary as their cost. CIOSA supported the NGO by paying the other half. CIOSA has placed nine professionals in different organisations.

This project ended in 2009.

Inaindhu Naam

CIOSA played an important role in conceptualizing and implementation Siraku Foundation's fellowship programme to support social entrepreneurs. The fellowship supports 66 social entrepreneurs with a monthly stipend of Rs. 5000 per month for two years, training and mentoring support by 33 mentor organizations from corporate, NGOs and educational institutions. The initiative was inaugurated by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. 66 social entrepreneurs and 33 mentor organisations will form Inainthu Naam 99.  CIOSA selected 52 social entrepreneurs across Tamil Nadu from varied backgrounds.

This project ended in 2009.