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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 three 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 20 girls living at the home. Orphan Outreach provides sponsorships of the children in the home, and short-term mission teams provide humanitarian aid and build relationships with the girls.
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Gan Sabra HIV Home, [Aizawl]

The Gan Sabra HIV Home was founded in 2006 by Lucy, a caseworker for an emergency shelter serving sex workers. Orphan Outreach is partnering with the Gan Sabra HIV Home to provide financial resources and operational support for their residential home and community-based programs. Short-term mission teams provide evangelical outreach and humanitarian aid to the children.
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House of Grace: Dar-Ul-Fazl (DUF) Children’s Home and Rainbow School, [Manali]

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. 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 mentoring programs for the children.
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  • Capital - New Delhi
  • Size/Area - 1,229,737 sq miles
  • Population - 1 billion
  • Time Zone - 12.5 hours ahead of CST
  • Language(s) - Hindi
  • Currency - Indian Rupee (Rs)
  • Type of Government - Federal Republic
  • 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.