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Giving orphans a home, family

Haresh Pandya, Hindustan Times  Rajkot, June 27, 2007
First Published: 01:52 IST(27/6/2007) | Last Updated: 02:03 IST(27/6/2007)

Louise Anita Williams, a retired sales and marketing consultant from the United States, has come up with a unique way of helping orphaned Indian children. Rather than building orphanages, she wants to set up ‘family care homes’ where a married, childless couple will look after them.

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The khadi-clad Williams, 65, says: “You're Indian by birth, I’m Indian by choice. I live a simple life at Nargol village in south Gujarat.” She founded Love Humanity International (LHI) after being “moved to tears” by the plight of orphans during a visit to India for the modern Dandi Yatra a couple of years ago.

“It’s the responsibility of all of us to serve our fellow beings, particularly orphaned children, without expecting anything in return,” she says. “It’s important to give them affection, education and homes. In so doing, they're empowered to grow into self-sufficient adults who one day may give something back to society.”

Williams adds, “To begin with, we're about to build a family care home at Umergam in Valsad. It will either be a flat with three bedrooms and a kitchen or a small bungalow. We intend to construct four more such homes in Valsad after monitoring the first home for a few months. Gradually, we'll build many more homes across Gujarat and beyond.”

The LHI has donors from the US, most of them NRIs.

Each home will have one family comprising a married couple and up to six children of both sexes ranging from newborn babies to those up to 10 years old. She says, "We're looking for ideal couples. The husband is expected to be employed in his line of work or profession within the place where the home is located and the wife has to be a stay-at-home mother. They don't necessarily have to be well off. We'll give them all the facilities and bear all the expenses. But they have to have genuine love for the children. Once selected, we'll train the couples."


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