Parivaar Ashram

Project Brief: The Parivaar Residential School and Resource Centre for underprivileged children aims at the empowerment of underprivileged children from segments such as orphans, children of commercial sex workers, and street children.
Project Type: Residential School (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: children of migrant workers

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Boston/MIT
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Vishweshwara Herle
Project Partner(s): Melli Annamalai
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Village : Barkalikapur, P.O. Bakhrahat,,Bakhrahat Road,,
WEST BENGAL 
Tel: (033) 2498 0226
Stewarding Chapter: Boston/MIT
Sep 2010Boston/MITUSD 20000
Dec 2006ZurichCHF 1

Total = $20000.719273

The Parivaar Residential School and Resource Centre for underprivileged children aims at the empowerment of underprivileged children from segments such as orphans, children of commercial sex workers, and street children. Initiated by students and professors at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, the project provides a stable basis for the lives of these children, thus enabling them to reap the benefits of a long-term formal education and ease their integration into the social mainstream. The leader of the project is Mr.Vinayak Lohani


Asha Zurich funded 10 children for the year 2004-05. The total budget was CHF 4000.00. Since Parivaar did not have an FCRA, the money was transferred in two installments via Asha Kashi. Mr. Vinayak received the first installment (CHF 2000.00), but did not show interest in collecting the second installment from Asha Kashi.

Hence after about an year of waiting (no contacts/mails), we decided to stop further funding and to use the rest of CHF 2000.00 lying in Asha Kashi to fund some other projects.

So the total money transfered was only CHF 2000.00

CHF=swiss francs
To construct and maintain a residential school for the underprivileged children
Parivaar was started by Mr. Vinayak Lohani (an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta), who, decided to help the underprivileged childen. Immediately after passing out of IIM in 2003, with just 3 children in a small rented building with almost no financial resources, Mr. Lohani started Parivaar. Gradually people began to be inspired by this dedicated service and started to support this initiative and the number of children at Parivaar grew. At the end of 2004, Parivaar could purchase its own land to develop its permanent campus called Parivaar Ashram. Parivaar’s mission and theme began to attract dedicated youth, many of whom joined Parivaar Ashram as resident workers and began to become bearers of this mission.

At present, Parivaar Ashram’s Residential Institution for Destitute children has 250 children (both boys and girls).