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Zakat Foundation of India has been running three orphanages in New Delhi & Bahraich (UP) to accommodate over
100 children affected by the 2002 Gujarat riots, the 2004 tsunami in South India and 2011-12 Assam riots.
HAPPY HOMES for Boys & Girls are dedicated to care for these children till they reach adulthood and financial independence.
VIDEO: FOLLOWS ORPHANS' DAILY ROUTINE
VIDEO: FEATURING ORPHANAGE
In New Delhi children attend the nearby English-medium God's Grace School (link). All other expenses, including food, clothing, transport, housing are covered by ZFI.
One orphanage staff includes one supervisor, two governesses, two matrons, one cook, one kitchen assistant, one driver. Their salaries are paid by ZFI and local philanthropists.
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General condition of children in Assam riot affected areas & camps
40 children who were living in makeshift camps in the wake of Assam Riots 2011-12 have joined Happy Homes for boys & girls in New Delhi and Happy Home, Bahraich (U.P.)
Tehelka Weekly newspaper published an article on Happy Home which can be accessed here >.
History of orphans from 2002 riots in Gujarat:
Gujarati children, in the age group 4 to 11 years, arrived in Delhi in 2002 escorted by six elderly Gujarati adults. The children's arrival was covered by the media (link). The Gujarati children were from one of the following categories:
a) Both the parents are no more. There is nobody in the family who has even minimum means in order to look after the child.
b) Only one parent is alive. But he / she has no means whatsoever.
c) Both the parents are alive. But they have lost whatever little means they had and are now fully dependent on public charity.
As mentioned above, Zakat Foundation
of India took upon itself total responsibility of bringing up these
Photography of Happy Home children: Salman Usmani of Tehelka newspaper.