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House of Grace: Dar-Ul-Fazl (DUF) Children’s Home and Rainbow School, [Manali]

The House of Grace (DUF) Children’s Home and Rainbow School was founded in 1982 in Srinagar, Kashmir by Mawitei (called Auntie). In 1995, in order to escape the war in Kashmir, the home moved to the Manali area in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Currently the orphanage is home to approximately 76 children, including 11 who are enrolled in college. Located on the same property, the Rainbow School serves 164 children from the orphanage and the neighboring community in grades preschool through eighth grade. The children in ninth through twelfth grade must attend another school in the local community since the school does not have the resources to provide for those grades.

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 (at the orphanage and those from the community at Rainbow School- see links below) and short-term mission teams provide humanitarian aid and mentoring programs for the children.

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