David Granner

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In India, a country with some 20 million orphans, David Granner has spent nearly three decades creating homes for children who have nowhere else to go. The son of missionaries, he grew up partly in southern India—and that’s where his own mission began. In 1987, he co-founded Bethania Kids, which started by providing housing to a girl with polio in the Indian city of Kodaikanal. Soon after, he established the organization’s first full-fledged home, near Kannivadi, a small village at the foot of the Palani Hills. Today the faith-based organization serves 1,000 children in five residential group homes, five nonresidential care centers, and two centers for children with disabilities. Granner now spends four days a week running his financial advisory practice and devotes every Wednesday to Bethania.