The needs in India are overwhelming. India has approximately three times the population of the United States living in one third of the space. Introduce intense poverty, famine, drought, natural disasters, and AIDS, and you have a recipe for tragedy and most significantly, vulnerable children. India has the largest number of estimated orphans and vulnerable children in the world — 31 million. In addition, 60,000 children a year are born with HIV in India and that number continues to significantly increase. Orphan Outreach makes it a priority to come alongside Indian nationals and work with them as they serve their own people. Orphan Outreach provides vital support for several important projects in India. Read below to learn more about our India partner programs.
Elwyn Parekh Children’s Home, [Anand]
The Elwyn Parekh Children’s Home in Anand (Gujarat state) is run by Mainesh and Snehlata Parmar. This home provides residential care to destitute and orphaned girls from nearby village communities. At present there are over 15 girls living at the home.
Orphan Outreach has worked with the home to help them receive the needed government approvals and licenses to expand and take in infants. In addition, they have a goal to extend their care for orphans to include adoption and are seeking the guidance of Orphan Outreach to set up and begin facilitating adoptions in the future. Orphan Outreach works in collaboration with the Elwyn Parekh Children’s Home to provide sponsorships for the girls and other financial support for the operations of the home.
GanSabra HIV Home, [Aizawl]
The GanSabra HIV Home was founded by Lucy, a caseworker for an emergency shelter serving sex workers. Her story began when a prostitute came into the shelter ready to give birth after a failed abortion attempt. She gave birth to a baby girl and immediately after the child was born, she abandoned her. Lucy tried diligently to find a family for the little girl but to no avail. No one wanted to care for a baby with HIV. Finally, after much prayer she felt the Lord wanted her to adopt little Hannah. Because she now had a child, she lost her position with the emergency shelter and began to pray for guidance as to what the Lord wanted her to do. Many social workers, having heard she adopted an HIV baby, called her to consider adopting other children. Realizing that there were so many children like Hannah, Lucy felt led to develop a home for HIV children with the purpose of providing permanent families for them. She also developed a non-residential program for families who had HIV children so that they would not have to abandon them or place them in residential programs.
Orphan Outreach is partnering with the GanSabra HIV Home to provide financial resources and operational support. Short term mission teams provide humanitarian aid and evangelical outreach to the children.
House of Grace: Dar-Ul-Fazl (DUF) Children’s Home and Rainbow School, [Manali]
The House of Grace Children’s Home and Rainbow School was founded in 1982 in Srinagar, Kashmir by Mawitei (called Auntie). In 1995, in order to escape the war in Kashmir, the home moved to the Manali area in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Currently the orphanage is home to 76 children, including 11 who are enrolled in college. Located on the same property, the Rainbow School serves 164 children in grades preschool through seventh grade. The twenty-two children in eighth through twelfth grade must attend school in the local community since the school does not have the resources to provide for those grades. This home and school provide unique Christian refuge in an area of India where less than 1% are Christian.
Orphan Outreach is partnering with House of Grace to help manage, fund and provide resources for the Rainbow School to serve children at the orphanage and impoverished children in the community. Our goal is to construct a new school building and renovate the existing school building, which is in poor condition. Orphan Outreach provides sponsorships of the children in the home and school and short term mission teams provide humanitarian aid, help with physical needs and the school and Bible Story programs for the children.
Santvana Children’s Home, [Pune]
Santvana Children’s Home is run by Dr. Lalita Edwards and provides residential care and education to over 30 children who are affected by the HIV crisis in India. Many of the children have contracted HIV from their parents or have been orphaned because their parents have died of AIDS. Many of the children who come to the home are critically ill and Dr. Edwards provides them the urgent medical care and hope in Christ. In addition, Dr. Edwards works in the Red Light Area (RLA) in Pune providing support in the community and rescuing children.
Orphan Outreach works in collaboration with Santvana Children’s Home to provide sponsorships for the children and other financial support of the home. Our goal is to help Dr. Edwards create a non-residential program for families who have HIV children so that they would not have to abandon them or place them in residential programs. Short term mission teams have provided humanitarian aid and Bible Story programs for the children.
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Current Leader - Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh
Compulsory Education - 6 to 14 years
Literacy - 73% (male); 48% (female)
Religion - Hindu (80%), Muslim (14%),
Christian (2%), other (6%)
India is located in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan.
Although India occupies only 2.4% of the world's land area, it supports over 15% of the world's population. Only China has a larger population.
There are an estimated 35 million orphans (all of sub-Saharan Africa has 43 million). 9% of all children in India are orphans.
No country can rival India’s children in need. Of India’s nearly 400 million under 18, over 70 million are child laborers, 10 million are bonded laborers (a form of slavery to pay off family debts), 13 million are homeless, 2 million are street children without families.
There is widespread child abuse, and there is a deficit of 40 million girls because of female feticide — over 20,000 ultrasound clinics thrive on this illegal practice. There are 575,000 child prostitutes and there is a massive trade in Bangladeshi and Nepali girls sold into prostitution.
Malnutrition affects nearly half of all children under age five.
The adult literacy rate has a wide discrepancy between males – 73%, and females – 48% (2000-2004).
Only 59 percent of boys and 47 percent of girls attend Secondary school (1996-2005).
AIDS has spread rapidly in India and some estimates have said that by 2020 there could be 200 million carrying HIV.
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