During a visit to Jammu & Kashmir in 2010, local widows and orphans were met in a series of first hand interviews that highlighted a very dire situation. The widows and their orphaned children there experience serious poverty and an extreme lack of resources while living in politically unstable and very remote areas, making it very difficult to survive and absolutely impossible to thrive or have a chance at any quality of life at all.
In answer to this, Caravan was founded in May of 2010 under the patronage of theSheikhul-Hind Educational Charitable Trust (reg.5931) in New Delhi, India and began working to offer autonomy to widows and quality education to orphans.
Caravan strongly believes that the emotional support a family gives is the foundation of a strong and capable character. Without this support, orphans are bereft. With this in mind, Caravan has built a strong support system, whereby not only do the widows find support, but also the orphans are nurtured through constant contact, while remaining within familiar comfort zones.
Through financial support (direct monthly allowance to their accounts), individual training, tutoring and direct supervision, CARAVAN works with widows and orphans within their own homes and communities, to improve each family member's personal circumstances. CARAVAN's approach is non-institutional and provides services in a way that does not estrange beneficiaries from their extended families and communities. As well as cutting down cost by using existing infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and education centres.
In addition, this model of work is highly replicable and gives great results in progress and impact on a reasonable budget, as it uses existing infrastructure. At this time there are no separate agencies dedicated to serving widows and orphans
like Caravan.


  1. 1. To serve the Creator by serving His creation
  2. 2. To have a world where all orphans and widows, the disadvantaged and the poor, have equal opportunities to education, health and quality of life.
  3. 3. To see the disadvantaged overcome obstacles and achieve full potential
  4. 4. To see no one is left out on their own, but instead have someone for support they can turn to


  1. Reach out to Widows and Orphans across India
  2. Facilitate growth through outstanding education and spiritual growth opportunities
  3. To stand shoulder to shoulder with Caravan members and create a sense of family, respect, dignity and belonging within Caravan and each community we work with
  4. To share the journey of life with the people we serve; to nurture confidence, independence and success


  1.  Minimum Infrastructure Cost: Use of existing infrastructure with localities, such as homes, schools and educational center.
  2. Monitoring: Regularly reporting – weekly comment reports, monthly finance reports, six monthly education & health reports, yearly qualitative reports to monitor progress.
  3. Weekly Social visit: Ensuring needs of orphans, widows and their children are met, through weekly evaluation by our supervisors.
  4. Quality Auditing: Annual reviews of employees and their work.
  5. Transparency: use of bank accounts only, online transfer and clear record keeping
  6. Regular Report Cards for Sponsors: Aiming to link sponsors to sponsored child with regular progress reports.
  7. 100% Donation Policy: Funds for administration raised separately.


  1. Honesty in all areas, compassionate and empathetic to all.
  2. Transparency in work and accounting,
  3. To pursue the goal of serving humanity through care, mercy and resp
  4. To be dedicated and work with zeal and passio
  5. To be guided by on Islamic values in all our work
  6. Serving the local communities in their own infrastructures to avoid huge costs
  7. Minimum Administration cost
  8. Impartial Communication
  9. Investing in Staff development for a service of dedication of quality.
  10. Beneficiaries and other stake holders to be treated equally with respect.









Senior Level Team



Because of limited funding and resources, Our unique feature of avoiding huge costs, by utilizing existing infrastructure already present in the community is key to our success. Creating partnerships for services within each community also goes a long way to stretching donor dollars and ensuring positive outcomes for each family we serve.

We have also built and incorporated a system of promoting growth and progress through strict monitoring, supervision, reviews, social audits, strong management, and personal interaction between beneficiaries.

 In order to make it 100% beneficiary focussed, The Shade Trust does not charge administrative costs from Donors money as we are trying to achieve a sustainable model wherein external projects helps cover admin and other overhead costs.