Karunalaya Social Service Society is a secular, non-profit voluntary organisation working for the protection and development of street and working children in Chennai City since 1995. It was started as a grass roots organisation for the care, protection and rehabilitation of runaway, destitute street children, children working in the fishing industry, street youth and empowerment of women in the fishing community, street and pavement dwelling communities

Karunalaya has branched into many areas of work in the last years, yet, its central programme continues to be the rescue, shelter home care, food, clothing, health care, formal and non formal education for runaway street and working children (boys and girls), and offers counselling, and family tracing and reunification.

Karunalaya’s mission is the protection of the rights of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and women, and the promotion of a just and loveable society.