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140-year-old orphanage in Ferozepur finally gets Rs 10-lakh relief

Dilapidated and fund-starved Arya Anathalya, Ferozepur, had a moment to cheer on Thursday as it received a grant of Rs 10 lakh. The orphanage was established by religious leader Maharishi Dayanand Sarswati in 1877.

punjab Updated: Dec 16, 2016 18:46 IST
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
Dilapidated condition of the Arya Anathalya Ferozepur.
Dilapidated condition of the Arya Anathalya Ferozepur.(HT Photo)

Dilapidated and fund-starved Arya Anathalya, Ferozepur, had a moment to cheer on Thursday as it received a grant of Rs 10 lakh. The orphanage was established by religious leader Maharishi Dayanand Sarswati in 1877.

 According to Satnam Kaur, manager of the orphanage, a major portion of the building, including ten separate rooms for girls and boys were constructed in 1903. She said the orphanage, which is spread over 25 acre, was hardly able to get any whitewash or minor repair of the building done.

“Being run by an NGO, there is no facilitation of regular grant hence majority of functioning of the orphanage happens only through donation or the interest being received from its fixed deposits, donated by various philanthropists from time to time,” said Satnam.

“The diet of the inhabitants of the orphan house is also by and large donated by various donors while for the medical assistance, a medical practitioner KC Arora, has been visiting and checking boys and girls, free of cost for years,” she said.   

She said many of the orphans who studied in the orphanage have excelled in academic and sports. Several of them have served in various government and private sector companies, claimed the management, she said.

Reportedly, apart from giving school education to girl students, they were also facilitated in higher education and their marriages were also arranged.

Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) member Kamal Sharma, alongwith BS Dhaliwal, deputy commissioner, Ferozepur handed over a cheque of `10 lakh to the orphanage, which . 

  Special emphasis would be laid down to make arrangements to facilitate technical and job oriented education to these orphans, Kamal told HT.

Few years ago, the kitchen and washrooms for students were repaired with the grant from then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.