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Since 2002, Zakat Foundation of India has been running an orphanage to accommodate over 70 children affected by the 2002 Gujarat riots and the 2004 tsunami in South India.

The orphanage is divided into 'Happy Home' all-boys orphanage, and 'Fatima Care' all-girls orphanage.

'Happy Home' and 'Fatima Care' are dedicated to care for these children till they reach adulthood and financial independence.

The children attend the nearby English-medium God's Grace School which has waived all fees for the orphanage students. All other expenses, including food, clothing, transport, housing are covered by ZFI.

The 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.

Read about one volunteer's experience at the orphanages

Recently, Tehelka Weekly newspaper published an article on Happy Home which can be accessed

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. 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 children. For this purpose, a philanthropist permitted that these children may be kept in a house property owned by him in Okhla area of South Delhi. ZFI has since purchased the property to create the permanent orphanage.


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