Paper Kite has assisted two orphanages in Bodhgaya, Bihar every year since 2010. In 2010, our Executive Director evaluated the orphanages in Bodhgaya to ensure that they are properly operated and are truly in need of our four programs (proper nutrition, clean water, education, health and welfare). In 2012, we conducted an audit of the orphanages we support to confirm that we are supporting the orphans the best way we can.
Since our conception in 2009, for two weeks each year, our President and Founder, Tarik Kadri, has travelled to Bihar along with a team of volunteers in order to implement our programs. During this time they purchasing items from local villages in order to meet the orphanages’ needs, while supporting the local economy. In order to ensure that our efforts directly benefit the children, no money is given directly to these orphanages. Also note that Tarik and volunteers graciously subsidizing 100% of all their travel expenses incurred during this field exercise including airfare and accommodations.
The following are the two orphanages of Bihar that Paper Kite assisted during our implementation program. Click here to see pictures of the orphanages.
Jeanamitabh:In 2002 Jeanne PERE, a retired French teacher, decided to get involved in helping fifty small children. These children lost in the streets of Bodhgaya, begging, starving, and shivering from the cold, painted the honest picture of Bihar – one of the poorest regions of India.
Today, “Mummy Jee”, as she is called by the children and the people of Bodhgaya, and the small team of “Jeanamitabh Welfare Trust” are giving dignity back to those children in need. Jeanamitabh operates a boarding school of 200 students, along with 7 primary schools in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand. Their programs include education for the children, along with medical care and social development for the villagers.
Sunway:Founded in 2004 by Yrsa S. Grüning, Sunway operates two orphanages which house 75 children aged 3-17 years. Most of the children at these orphanages have lost one or both parents, and all come from low caste or untouchables. In addition, Sunway operates a school with 40 students and two adult classes.
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