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 15 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. It also conducts many more humanitarian activities for the destitute and uncared, including elderly and shelterless.
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 1600 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 6 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 four Meal cum Education centres for children called ‘Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Seva Kutir’ at Navada and Eklera in Dewas district, and Chhipaner and Barakhamba in Sehore district. At these Kutirs more than 600 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 Background and Beginning:
In 2003, a 25 year old young alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta, having opted out of placements towards a lucrative corporate career, was driven by the inspiring exhortation of Swami Vivekananda of selfless service of those in suffering and make one’s life one with them. This youngman, Vinayak Lohani, thus 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.
But he had no resources. But in order to kickstart his mission, 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.
After 14 years of relentless service in Bengal and with many youth inspired to join him, Vinayak Lohani expanded Parivaar’s footprints into Madhya Pradesh in 2016.