SURAT: Garva, a non-government organization, would adopt 11 street children here on Sunday, and in the first month of its existence itself take the adoption number to 300. The NGO has been set up by a few businessmen and others with the intention to help street children across the country. The adopted children would be given basic education and professional skills as per their aptitude to ensure that they stand on their feet when they grow up. The NGO is holding talks with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to arrange for best educational and training resources for the children.
Garva’s principal trustee Amit Purohit said, “We are beginning our work from Surat and plan to adopt 500 children in all.”
The adopted children would be placed at Vatsalyadham, a home managed by Laxmi Charitable Trust which has been set up by diamond baron Vasant Gajera.
“Each child will be provided proper education and imparted professional skills. The children that we are adopting live on the streets of Surat,” said another Garva trustee Tushar Ghelani.
The NGO’s talks for educational and training resources from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are at an advanced stage. “We are not seeking monetary help but keen on getting world class resources to provide excellent education and training to our kids,” Purohit said.
Other prominent trustees of Garva are Aditya Hamal (Mumbai), Mahesh Savani and Hiren Kakadia.
Garva was to adopt the street children in February. However, the programme had to be postponed in view of swine flu scare in the city. Now it will take place on May 17.
A charity football match has also been planned on that day to raise funds for the street children. Hindi film actors Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and many others would be taking part in it.
They would play a match against a team of the trustees in the presence of railway minister Suresh Prabhu.