“We would like to expand. But like an airplane oxygen mask, we must take care of ourselves first,” Nimesh Sumati from Caring Friends told India Journal at Woodlands Restaurant, the venue of the event.
Parivaar Education Society takes impoverished children and places them in its full-scale residential facility in order to provide the children with housing, education, and an extended family. Caring Friends acts as a middleman between donors and non-profit organizations by carefully monitoring the non-profits and making sure no money or time goes ill-spent.
“We can scale up faster and more in the same region,” said Lohani.
Parivaar is currently undergoing construction that will transform its 20-acre housing complex for 800 children into a living society for 2,000 children in three years. Caring Friends has a few international donors based in countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands, but due to the overwhelming nature of the problems in society, needs more support. Americans, Sumati, stated, have been very open to their ideas on the recent US trip.
The Parivaar-Caring Friends U.S. trip began on Nov. 6 in Boston. From there, the two traveled to New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, and San Jose before finishing up in Los Angeles. The reception in Southern California was incredibly warm, both organizations said, due to the Arpan Foundation’s presence in the area. Arpan Foundation is the U.S. counterpart of Caring Friends, although its efforts are also concentrated on non-profits located in India.