THE SURAT PARSI ORPHANAGE (FOR BOYS):-
During its existence since 1912 hundreds of deserving youths of our community have been housed, maintained and educated in this institution. The young whose parents’ or guardians’ financial circumstances are such that they cannot afford to give good education to their children or wards or who, because of their poor pecuniary circumstances, cannot send the youths to places where there are facilities for sound education, and which is lacking at their ends, are also given admission here. A large number of inmates are of this class and this institution has proved a real blessing to both, such young ones as well as their parents/guardians.
The fact that hundreds of youths of our community who have been benefited by this Surat Parsi Orphanage are well settled in life and are able to make their livelihood is a good proof of the usefulness and service rendered by it to them in particular and to the Parsi society in general. Over and above providing facilities for primary and secondary education to the inmates, deserving students are given facilities for higher science, technical, commerce or medical education in local colleges and other educational institutions, if found fit for such type of training. Apart from housing them, we look after their needs like uniforms, books and stationeries, toiletries, school/college fees, tuition fees, medical expenses, etc. The inmates get free expert medical treatment for all ailments in Surat Parsi General Hospital managed by us.
In the past the number of inmates reached the figure of 184. Decrease in Parsi population, increase in facilities for education at various places including villages, the young of the community going out of the country for education and such other factors have affected number of the young of the community taking advantage of this institution. Just at present normally we have about forty young in this institution.
The institution though old works in heavy deficit. From 2014-2015 to 2016-17 the orphanage worked under deficit of Rs.(-)4,79,675, Rs. (-)7,45,382 and surplus of Rs. (+) 1,47,135.45 respectively.
NARIMAN PARSI ZOROASTRIAN GIRLS ORPHANAGE:
It started in March 1961. Though termed an orphanage it does not mean that the young who have lost their parents only are admitted therein; but the young whose parents’/guardians’ financial circumstances are such that they cannot afford to maintain and educate their children or wards properly are given admission here. A considerable number of the inmates are of this class and the institution has proved a blessing to both, such young as well as their elders.
The inmates receive training in educational institutions managed by our Board as well as in the other colleges. They also have various extra-curricular activities. Apart from housing them, we look after their needs like uniforms, books and stationeries, toiletries, school/college fees, tuition fees, medical expenses, etc. They get free and expert medical treatment for all ailments in our Surat Parsi General Hospital.
The beginning of the institution was humble but it progressed with good speed and number of the young taking advantage of the institution crossed the figure of one hundred. Just at preset about sixty young girls take advantage. We have to say the same as we have said about decrease in the numbers in the Boys’ orphanage. We feel that looking at the present number in the community there are more institutions of the same kind than actually required. When a rural home for Parsi girls at Gholvad and one such also at Navsari were to be started at that time our representative who attended the meeting held at Gholvad had said that this will adversely affect the working of existing institutions, but new institutions were started at Gholvad and Navsari which are now closed down, not because of lack of funds but because of insufficient number of the young to take advantage therein The institutions for Parsi Boys and Girls at Gholvad and for Parsi Girls at Navsari have ceased to be working but Nariman Girls Orphanage at Surat continued to carry on its useful activities even with a lesser number. A noteworthy feature of this institution is that boys under the age of seven are first admitted here, so that they get motherly care and attention, attend the pre-primary school in English medium and then they go to the boys orphanage to continue their studies. At present we have sixty girls taking advantage of this institution.
This institution also works in deficits as will be clear from following figures. The figures are :
+Rs. 4,51,669.58 in year 2014-15
– Rs. 16,86,106.91(Deficit) in year 2015-16.
– Rs. 4,21,024.83 (Deficit) in year 2016-17