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A unique family for the homeless

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A unique family for the homeless

Vinayak Lohani an alumnus of IIM Calcutta decided to take the road less travelled when he gave up a lucrative career to start Parivaar, a home for total care and overall development of children from categories like orphans, girl children highly vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking, abandoned children and extremely impoverished children from tribal areas.

Starting from 3 resident children in 2003, today Parivaar is a home for more than 700 destitute children.

Children at Parivaar have found the special magic of this unique family. They attend formal day schools and are provided evening tutorials by teachers at the shelter.
As a part of its initiative, Parivaar has been identifying vulnerable girls from red-light areas in collaborative effort with Sanlaap and CINI Asha, NGOs working in Kolkata. For such girls, Parivaar provides an alternative through education so that they do not get sucked into prostitution and therefore can look forward to a dignified life.

Additionally, Parivaar's day education initiatives cover more than 3000 students in far-flung tribal areas in West Bengal and Jharkhand and provide a plethora of services to the local communities.

Vinayak Lohani and his Parivaar recently received the National Child Welfare Award 2011, which is the highest recognition by the Government of India to any organization working in the field of child welfare.

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