The Children National Institute, Swaraj Bhawan, Allahabad, was started in 1949 by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, primarily as a home for children who were separated from their parents due to partition of India.
This home initially had 250 inmates who were all settled in due course of time. Now orphans, unwanted and destitute children are given shelter irrespective of caste, creed or religion and they live in a family like atmosphere in the premises.
A lady superintendent attends to them like a mother figure besides there being a cook and two maids. The institute provides wholesome and healthy food, schooling and lodging free of cost in its spacious building.
The children celebrate all the festivals irrespective of religion and are given special food and new clothes on such occasions. Each child is happy and well fed. Parting at the time of age bar is not liked by them. The present strength is 24 children but there is capacity to accommodate more including girls between 3 to 16 years of age.
The children, apart from going to school, are also members of Jawahar Bal Bhawan where they participate in various creative activities and learn art and craft. The aim is to maintain an ideal home for the children who would otherwise be on the roads begging and doing child labour.
The institute is run on the donations received from generous donors like you. If you are interested in donating for this noble cause, please contact Col R. K. Kak (Retd), Secretary, Children National Institute, Swaraj Bhawan, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh or leave your reply below, in the comment form.