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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard Open Orphanage In India

November 9, 2010 Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, India

Hollywood couple Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, who are the global ambassadors for the philanthropic SOS International, have set up an orphanage for abandoned children in India.

The orphanage, to be called the "SOS Children's Village," is located in the village of Alibaug in the northeastern part of the country and will be home to about 140 children who have either been orphaned or abandoned by their families.

Facilities will be provided in the village for children to live in groups in individual family houses and receive formal education in school.

On a recent trip to the village to open the village, Gyllenhaal was touched by the warm reception that she received. "I've never been greeted like this by anyone, I've never seen anything like this," she told a television channel. "I tried not to have any expectations.. I have never been to India before so I didn't know what to expect. It's exceeded anything I could have imagined."

Her husband and Hollywood actor Sarsgaard expressed optimism at the prospects of the orphanage.

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