Catalysts for Social Action

We work towards holistic care and optimum rehabilitation outcomes for every orphaned child. We promote, support, advocate and act as Catalysts to achieve these objectives. We are an unstoppable force inspiring and channelizing action to bring about sustainable social change.
Jan 29, 2015

The better future.....

Introduction of Trades
Introduction of Trades

There are some stories you hear that just make you sick to the pit of your stomach and at the same time, marvel at the wonders of God’s miracles. This story is one of them.

It would be hard, almost impossible, to understand what must have been running through the mind of the children or the circumstances that could have led him or her to take such a Action. We are here today to talk about the children who have taken an extreme step to violate Indian Penal Code. Yes I am talking about the Juveniles in Conflict with Law. They are known as JCL in India. As per Juvenile Justice Act they are bought in front of Juvenile Justice Board where they go through hearing and then are asked to stay under observation in the observation Home/ Certified home. CSA have come across with one such home, we were requested to work with this home as there are very few organization who attempt to work for JCL. With lots of apprehension we started understanding the children and the atmosphere provided to them when they are in house. Very soon we could make out that after coming from a traumatic condition their stay in the home too is not very soothing. Emotional ups and downs new atmosphere and nothing to do other than watching T.V. was the routine for the young boys of the age between 16 to 18 yrs.
We therefore came forward to offer a counselor who understands talks and help the children through right path. Thus there was some relief for the children and they started sharing their likes and dislikes. CSA counselor also assessed that children are more interested in Technical related and farming related work. Therefore we introduced 3 trades (Mobile repairing, Electricals and Two wheeler repairing) to 20 boys. 10 kids out of 20 showed there interest in doing Two wheeler repairing course and enrolled their names for the course. Two wheeler repairing course started from 22nd Jan. 2015. The course duration is for 1.5 month for 4 hours a day. The course will give them job placements after completion which hopefully will avoid them getting in to criminal activities again. On the other hand farming of vegetable and computer class for the kids is also progressing. With lots of apprehensions this is our baby step to help the kids to avoid the path they choose in past and have a better future.

10 boys enrolled for two wheeler repairing course
10 boys enrolled for two wheeler repairing course
Jan 29, 2015

Adopting Devika

Happy Family
Happy Family

Dear All,

Greetings from CSA !!!

As you are aware we have been working to facilitate adoptions as well as upgrading the living conditions of the children living in adoption agencies. We render our services to the adoption agencies which are located in rural area. We reachout to the adoption agencies with need based support and refer parents for the children waiting there. Here we have one such successful testimony which will give you an idea of efforts we are taking to promote adoptions as we belive that its the most complete form of rehabilitaion of the deprived child.

Here we have Praveen and Divya a couple who adopted Devika have written their testimony.

Devika’s tiny fingers touching our faces every morning as we wake up is the most wonderful feeling we have ever come across in our lives. Her smiles have filled our life with extreme happiness and help us see a wonderful world ahead of us. This would not have been possible without the support of Ms Lucy Mathews and her organisation Catalysts for Social Action.

All our questions and worries about adoption were answered the moment we saw the baby when she was just four months old. We will never forget the moments we saw her first, she came to us with a heartfelt smile as if we had just returned home from work. Since then we are on cloud nine. Devika is with us for a month now and keeps our lives blessed with her smiles and giggles.

Adoption for us has been a wonderful thing. Adopting Devika is the life-changing journey that has brought immense happiness to our family. We are really blessed to be parents of Devika and pray to god to continue giving us strength to bring her up with the right values in life.

Divya and Praveen

Nov 7, 2014

A participatory approach..

Global Hand washing day
Global Hand washing day

Last year in the month of Oct. 2013 CSA made a mark to create awareness about hand washing by showing them Presentation for the reasons to wash hands, time when they need to wash their hands and the effects of clean hands. After the presentation CSA representative took them to wash place to do the practices of hand washing with the steps and this was a well received awareness program.
This year too CSA decided to grab the opportunity of Global hand washing day and made a behavior change intervention in the life of 1800+ orphan children across 30 + orphanages in four different states (Maharashtra, Goa, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh). We improved the health and hygiene of these 1800+ children by inculcating hand washing with soap practice among them. The message this time was passed on to the children by older children to younger ones. Older children took the initiative to prepare a skit on hand washing awareness under CSA representatives mentoring and presented it for the younger ones. Each older child took the responsibility of the younger ones to wash their hands with the steps they learned.
Children from different CSA locations participated in the Global Hand Washing Day celebrations. Personal hygiene kit containing soap, tooth paste, tooth brush is given to the children through CSA.
Thus we assured that they understand and follow the massage and idea of celebrating Global hand washing day and keep themselves healthy.

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