About

Parivaar is a non-denominational, humanitarian organization inspired the spiritual and humanistic ideals of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, with its chief institutions based in West Bengal, India, and a recent second branch in Madhya Pradesh. At Parivaar, we believe changing the destinies of children will change the destiny of India. For last 14 years, Parivaar has worked towards the total care and overall development of children who are highly vulnerable to exploitation, victimization and trafficking, including orphans, street children, abandoned children, and extremely impoverished children from tribal areas.

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In Bengal has Parivaar has two residential educational institutions – Parivaar Vivekananda Sevashrama for Boys and Parivaar Sarada Teertha for girls. These are West Bengal’s largest free residential institutions for children from deprived and destitute backgrounds. We provide residential living, education, and physical activity in a loving and caring atmosphere for boys and girls.

With over 1500 resident children, Parivaar’s Residential Institutions are seen as a model institution in the field of caretaking and overall development of vulnerable children. We have been the recipient of the 2011 National Award for Child Welfare, the highest recognition by the Government of India.

In the year 2016 Parivaar began to expand to a new geography of Madhya Pradesh purchasing 3 acres of land at village Sandalpur in District Dewas along with a plot of land on banks of Narmada at village Navada. In 2017 it has started two Meal cum Education centres for children called ‘Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Seva Kutir’ at Navada and Ekleta – an interior tribal (adivasi) pocket. At these Kutirs more than 250 children are getting nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch). We are planning to set up many such Kutirs in MP. Also, a residential educational institution called ‘Nivedita Vidyapeeth’ is right now under construction at Sandalpur which will house 500 resident children initially.

The Beginning:

Parivaar was started by Vinayak Lohani (an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta), who, inspired by spiritual and humanistic ideals of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda, decided to devote his entire life for serving ‘Divine in Man’ as taught by Swami Vivekananda. Vinayak Lohani gave up the prospect of highly lucrative corporate career by not taking any placement from IIM. Immediately after passing out of IIM in 2003, with just 3 children in a small rented building with almost no financial resources, he started Parivaar.

Till the level of 15 children at Parivaar, he used to take some lectures for students appearing for Management entrance examinations and through that could meet the expenses of the set-up. Gradually people began to be inspired by this dedicated service and started to support the 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 as resident workers and began to become bearers of this mission.

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West Bengal

Bankura 21 0 21
Birbhum 106 41 147
Burdwan 1 9 10
East Medinipur 2 2 4
Howrah 3 5 8
Kolkata 115 79 194
Murshidabad 1 0 1
Nadia 1 3 4
North 24 Prgs 10 11 21
Purulia 22 2 24
South 24 Prgs 93 62 155
West Medinipur 434 313 747
Hooghly 0 1 1
 

Jharkhand

East Singbhum 144 8 152
Giridih 1 0 1
Ranchi 5 0 5
Saraikela 1 0 1
 

Bihar

Chhapra 2 2 4
Nalanda 1 1 2
Navada 9 5 14
Chattisgarh Durg 1 0 1
Total 963 544 1517


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