About Us

Kuriakose Elias Service Society (KESS), a registered, charitable organisation, under 80 G, has been tirelessly and relentlessly traversing through the uneven paths aimed at empowerment, development and overall progress of the society. Since its inception in 1974 by the CMI Congregation and other socially committed members, in tune with the vision of St. Chavara, the founder and our inspiration, KESS has come a long way in promoting and developing social welfare through committed social research and social action. With the broader aim of creating and sustaining qualitative development especially amongst the underprivileged, the organization has been making visible and tangible waves in the lives of its beneficiaries who are victims of chronic illnesses like HIV and Cancer, targets of abuse and negligence, deprived of basic essentials like food, clothing & shelter, as well as those in disaster struck regions. With its soothing branches spread all over the state and its readiness to reach any remote area in the country, KESS stands apart as an exemplary model of social work, striving to promote integrated and holistic development in the lives of all it touches.

Our Vision

KESS is visualized as a growing resource center, responsive to changes in the global scenario, promoting developmental initiatives among the deprived and the vulnerable, based on democratic values, human rights and humanitarianism

Our Mission

To realize the vision, KESS undertakes intensive community mobilization, empower it through social conscientization, life skills and appropriate livelihood systems.


1. To perform works of charity for those in need, irrespective of race, caste, sex, community or creed.
2. To strengthen the institution of family through family–life education, counselling and other support systems, thereby its tendency towards disintegration is effectively arrested.
3. To build the competency of people (HRD) through education, awareness–generation and skill–training so that they can mobilize and manage resources for self–advancement.
4. To develop, in partnership with the stakeholders, adequate infrastructural facilities such as housing, drinking water, electricity, path ways, community halls etc.
5. To focus on health–related matters and promote personal hygiene and environmental sanitation through health education, behavioral change communication (BCC) and immunization programs.
6. To establish self–help groups of men and women and engage them in creative activities so that they could enrich themselves with information, know–how and resources for improving their living conditions.
7. To address the emerging issues in the agrarian sector such as low productivity, indebtedness, suicides, exploitation by traders etc and promote modern, eco – friendly farming practices, value additions to the produce and maximize incomes through appropriate marketing strategies.
8. To intervene immediately in disaster–hit areas and undertake relief and rehabilitation work in participatory manner.

Milestones of KESS


19 KESS registered as a Charitable Society under Travancore‐Cochin Literary and Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act.
Madathumpadi Community Irrigation Scheme: To promote the agriculture sector of the area through an irrigation facility.
3kpuram and Udayagram Project: To provide housing for then landless and homeless poor in the areas.


Silvani Project : To promote adult education, health development, employment, women development and agricultural development in the areas of Madhya Pradesh.
Crèche: For the care and support of chidren between 0‐6 age.


Pollachi Integrated Rural Development Project: It integrated the poor in the rural area and gave emphasis to health education, agriculture, and small scale industries.


Thrissur Integrated Development Project: To promote poverty eradication through self employment programmes and assistance in constructing houses, latrines and provisions for drinking water.
Searmau Project: To promote integrated rural development for the the poor and needy in the regions of Madhya Pradesh.
Grassroots Organization Project: To promote vocational training and employment generation for the weaker sections of the society at the grass root level.
KESS Vocational Training Institute: Providing vocational training for the unemployed youth.
TRYSEM: An employment generation program supported by the Central and State Governments. Earn While Learn Scheme: To provide training for the unemployed youth from the poor families along with part time work.
Apna Health Care Project: To promote adult educational support and health care in Maharashtra.
Latur Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation Project: House construction, educational support, medical camps, women and child development programmes to the victims.


Talwada Sarsi Project: To promote the health of the Tribals in Maharashtra, a mobile health clinic and health awareness program was initiated.
Skill Development Initiatives: To promote vocational training and employment generation for unemployed youth.
Self Help Groups Project: For the development of the society through women empowerment.


KESS Marketing Centre: For the sales of indigenous items produced by poor women entrepreneurs and IRDP beneficiaries.
Orissa Super Cyclone Relief Programme: To provide provisions for basic needs and medicines to the victims.
Gujarat Earthquake Rehabilitation Project: Immediate relief dispatched to the victims.
Jalanidhi Project at Thekkumkara Grama Panchayath: Safe drinking water supply and sanitation assistance to the waterdeprived.


Prime Minister's Rozgar Yojana: Collaborated with the employment generation programme of the Central Government of India and State Government, to provide employment in industry, service and business sector to the needy poor.
Janasree Bhima Yojana: KESS functioned as the nodal agency benefitting the poor to provide insurance protection and also educational support for their children.
Jalanidhi Project at Madakkathara Grama Panchayath: Safe drinking water supply and sanitation assistance.
Student Education Promotion Programme of KESS (SEPPOK): Aimed at the holistic development of poor students through value education, career guidance, awareness classes and sponsorship programs.
Career Guidance and Counselling Programme: For the better future of students studying in Government schools.
Tsunami Rehabilitation Project: Construction of houses and borewells, community health centers, educational support etc for the survivors and also supply of motorized country boats.
HIV/AIDS Thrissur (HAT): Care and support of PLHIV in Thrissur district.
KESS Genius Award : Honoring brilliant students proficient in both academics and extracurricular activities.


Bhakshya Samrudhi Project: To strengthen regional networks to campaign for food security and agriculture promotion.
HIV/AIDS Palakkad Project for the Infected (HAPPI): Care and support for PLHIV in Palakkad District.
Jalanidhi Project, Nadathara Grama Panchayath: Water supply and sanitation assistance to families.
Service Providing Centre [SPC]: To facilitate socio‐legal assistance against domestic violence.
Santhwanam Project: To support HIV infected and affected children.


Chavara Child Resource Centre: To provide basic facilities and resources for child development in the tribal areas.
Chavara Cancer Care for Children Project (4C): To provide care and support for cancer afflicted children.
Housing Project: To provide assistance to the economically weak families for house construction or maintenance.
Taste for Waste Project: Collaboration with Swachh Bharat Mission, Government of India for waste management.
Kozhikode AIDS Rehabilitation Effort Project (KARE): Care and support for the PLHIV in Kozhikode District.
Vadhumithra Project: To impart lifeskills and mould the girls into good 'kudumbinis'.
Yuvamithra Project: To promote saving habits of school going poor children.
Karunya Project: To support and promote the health of elderly.
Chennai Flood Relief: Care and support for the victims.
Go Green Chavara Project: To promote organic culture and environment friendly approaches.
Mind Care Project: To support children of mentally ill parents.
Ockhi Relief Project : Care & Support for victims of Ockhi Cyclone.

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KURIAKOSE ELIAS SERVICE SOCIETY (KESS) KESS Bhavan, Naikkanal, Thrissur - 680001 Kerala, India.

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