- To conduct research studies, awareness programmes and training sessions on Human rights issues, Child rights issues, Sexuality and Sex work, Art and culture, Media, Health and Hygiene, Mental health problems, Environmental issues, Education, Tribal issues and Social problems.
- To empower children of sex workers, HIV orphans and children in conflict with law to overcome stigma and discrimination in the society, inorder to enable them to enjoy a happy and dignified life.
- To provide or arrange shelter, counseling, treatment and rehabilitation for children, women, mentally ill, mentally challenged, socially discriminated and stigmatized people.
- To work for eradication of social stigma and discrimination, reintegrating marginalized people to the mainstream.
- To explore the possibilities of realistic education (which facilitates a unique experience of learning especially for mathematics and science).
- To conduct programmes for ensuring social justice for underprivileged sections.
- To promote arts, crafts and cultural initiatives.
Looking at the appalling condition of Sex workers in Kerala, who are forced by various circumstances into prostitutions, the ‘Foundation of Integrated Research in mental health (FIRM)’ held a meeting on February 20, 1999 at Hassan Marakkar Hall. Around 350 sex workers and people from different walks of life were part of this meeting to discuss about the issues and problems faced by these sex workers. The major concern evolved out of this meeting was regarding their children.
To resolve these issues, another meeting was organised on March 4, 1999 at ‘Anasooya’, Perumthanni, Thiruvananthapuram and ten supporting teams were formed.
Initially, we faced major difficulties in providing these children a place to stay. Most of the orphanages were not ready to accept these children due to social stigma. Few orphanages who accepted were not willing to let the mother meet their children and the sex workers were losing the right to be a mother.
Our major aim was total rehabilitation of sex workers children and changing the popular perception of these children being criminals. We wanted to provide facilities and resources which would enable sex workers’ children resist the stigma and discrimination to help them grow into better & capable citizens.
Later, the support team for child care grew into the organization called CHILLA.In May 2007, an independent organization called ANANNIA was registered to run Chilla. In 2008, the project was adopted by a Bangalore-based NGO called Sangama. ANANNIA continues to be associated with Chilla as the local
facilitators for the project.