LONDON: It troubled millionaire NRI Robin Raina to see slums being demolished and scores of people rendered homeless as India dressed itself up for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Raina. Raina, who runs a highly successful billion dollar American software company and recently won a multi-million dollar deal with London Stock Exchange, decided to come to the rescue of Delhi’s Bawana refugees by building them homes. Having completed 1732 homes for the refugees living behind Red Fort, Raina now tells TOI’s Kounteya Sinha in an interview that his next mission is to build 6000 more homes for the homeless in Delhi and Noida. A $20 million investment will go into the rehabilitation plan for the homeless.
A home gives you a feeling of security and comfort. At present 100 million people in the world are without homes. It is heart wrenching to imagine the suffering and insecurity they face each day. I recently set up the Robin Raina Foundation and pledged a considerable amount of my time and resources in philanthropy. Over the last two decades, during my travels across Asia and Africa, I saw malnourished and handicapped children without any education.
This was the time we had set up schools for kids, vocational education centres and some self-help groups in the area. As we were trying to get these projects off the ground, we realized kids enrolled in our schools were continuously dropping out. We later found this was because their parents kept moving as they were homeless. So I decided to build homes for them to ensure that they stick to this area and their children could get educated. Till date we have handed over 1732 homes to these people in Bawana. We plan to build at least 6000 homes for the homeless in Delhi and Noida.
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