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UPDATE: Local Charity Helps Open Orphanage in India

One of the Juice's favorite local charitable organizations, Planting Peace, will open a new orphanage in India next week. The nonprofit knows how to get kids off the streets. It already has four orphanages in Haiti.

We had the chance to chat with Planting Peace founder Aaron Jackson (you can read about him here and here) about the work his organization is doing.

The new orphanage, located in Faridabad, a small town about an hour outside New Delhi, will be home to 12 orphans from diverse backgrounds, Jackson says.

Planting Peace is working with a new, Los Angeles-based organization, Global Orphanages. While Jackson continues to work in Haiti, he says they're focusing on India because that country has an estimated 18 million homeless children.

The orphanage will cost about $4,000 to open and around $700 per month to maintain. Jackson says that right now, the goal is to open a new orphanage in India every six months.

In a news release, the president of Global Orphanages, Alexis Peters, says, "I'm very excited to rescue children off the streets of Faridabad. It's time we turn to them and hear their voices."

From the release: "Global Orphanages will provide food, shelter, education, health care, everyday necessities and the love they desperately need. Their goal is not only to provide a home, but also to teach empowerment so they will have the skills and opportunity to reach their full potential in life."

You can help Planting Peace's efforts by attending this concert tomorrow night in Fort Lauderdale or by contributing to the organization here.

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