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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 and several more that are being supported by a new community-based program they are developing.

Orphan Outreach provides the Elwyn Parekh Children’s Home support through sponsorships of the girls (in the orphanage and in a community based program) and other financial support for the operations of the home.  In addition, short-term mission teams provide humanitarian aid, build relationships with the children and provide community outreach.

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