Our Journey

Rainbow Homes-Open Hearts & Open Gates

  • 1998

    Sister Cyril, Principal at Loreto Convent, Sealdah, Kolkata opens up the gates of her elite school to homeless children living in the immediate neighbourhood, pioneering a new model for inclusion and integration of street children.

  • 2002

    Netherlands based Partnership Foundation, headed by Late Ferd Van Koolwijk, discovers and collaborates by providing financial support to the program, collectively name the initiative “Rainbow Program”. Between 2002 and 2006, four Rainbow Homes (for girls) were opened in the Loreto Schools across Kolkata.

  • 2006

    Taking the idea forward, a voluntary and passionate set of people, launch a campaign to co-opt the government into this 'Movement of caring'.
    Department of Education, Government of Delhi responded to the advocacy initiative by agreeing to the idea of sharing spaces in running government schools.
    The first Sneh Ghar (for boys) opened in Delhi.

  • 2007

    Delhi gets its first Rainbow Home. With this started the arrangement of a tripartite partnership of State Government, Partnership Foundation and Civil Society.
    The fifth Rainbow Home starts in Kolkata.

  • 2008

    Kolkata gets its sixth Rainbow Home. Two Rainbow Homes open in Hyderabad. Delhi gets its second Rainbow Home.

  • 2009

    Six more Rainbow Homes and one Sneh Ghar opens in Hyderabad.

  • 2010

    Two more Rainbow Homes & three Sneh Ghars opened in Hyderabad. National office of Rainbow Homes Program established in Hyderabad to coordinate the expansion and monitoring of Rainbow Homes across the country. Indradhanush Academy (now knowledge Development and Dissemination Centre) set up in Delhi. The unit has the primary responsibility of laying the standards of care and building capacities of the implementing teams.

  • 2011

    Four Rainbow Homes set up in Bangalore and five Sneh Ghars open in Hyderabad. The Department of Education, based on the experiences of Non-custodial, comprehensive care home approach, decides to launch a scheme called “Residential Special Training Centers” (RSTC) to bring street children under the fold of RTE.

  • 2012

    Bangalore gets its fifth Rainbow Home.
    Three Rainbow Homes start in Chennai.
    Four Rainbow Homes inaugurated in Patna.
    Two more Sneh Ghars start in Hyderabad.

  • 2013

    One Sneh Ghar opens in Hyderabad. Two Sneh Ghars initiated in Patna.

  • 2015

    First Rainbow Home started in Pune.

  • 2016

    2 more Rainbow Homes are opened in Pune.

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The Rainbow Homes Program has evolved over the years with the support of the following organizations:

  • 2002-2005 -Loreto Education Society
  • 2006-2008 -Yusuf Meherally Centre
  • 2008-2012 -Centre for Equity Studies
  • 2013 onward -Association for Rural and Urban Needy

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