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.
Jul 16, 2015

Enjoyment in summer ........

 May and June are the most loved months In India by all the children!!! The reason is these are regarded as summer vacation i.e. "No school, No studies, No Homework, No tuitions ".


Children have plans for summer camp, enjoyment, Movies, outing and many more.....

Bbut this not the case with the children who are admitted in care home for some or the other reasons. Children have very less opportunities to enjoy in the compound wall of child care institutions.

CSA as every year have planned many activities in this summer vacation to make most out of it. Children were taken to Adventure Sports park. Where they enjoyed doing rock climbing, Trekking, Rope climbing, Rain dance, Swimming etc. this visit was the most memorable for many kids as most of them had seen these type of activities first time in their life. More over the cheerful atmosphere and the delicious lunch made them feel top of the world.

Some fungames like Musical chairs, Passing the parcel, singing and dancing were well received by all the children.
Not only this but some other fun loving activities like art and craft sessions, Cake and Ice cream making, Movie Screening filled the summer vacation with lots of colorful joy. Children are provided with in door play equipments. 

Instead of thinking what the other fortunate children are doing, children associated with CSA also had a fun filled summer vacation with a big smile on their face. This has filled CSA team with immense pleasure. 

A big THANKS to all our well wishers, donors and supporters like you, who makes this possible......

Jul 16, 2015

DAUGHTER BY LAW

Karuna and Nayraa
Karuna and Nayraa

I grew into an atheist, until the first night she fell asleep in my lap and as i admired her peaceful angelic face, my heart whispered a silent prayer.
Nayraa Adarsh Kochar, our daughter. Nayraa is a special baby, she wasn’t conceived in my womb like most babies, she was conceived in my heart and no doctor had to pull or slit her out of that special warm place which was where she was born and where she shall forever stay.
Nayraa is an adopted child.
No, its not what you’re thinking. Adarsh (my husband) and I are perfectly normal and of sound physical and mental health. We have no complications and we are fully capable of having our biological babies. It wasn’t laziness or the time constraint either. Adoption wasn’t our last resort to start our family, it was infact our first choice. Some couples decide to go through pregnancy in order to bring a child into their lives, we chose to go through some legal formalities to welcome a child who was already in this world, into our life.
I still remember the first day when we arrived at the adoption centre we asked to wait while they brought us the baby. In those 9 odd minutes of wait I probably emotionally went through every stomach churn one experience’s during pregnancy and labor. The nervousness and the excitement of finally having a dream come true was so strong, it took me all effort to keep calm and behave human. There is indeed no feeling like the anticipation of holding your child in your arms, whether born to you or not. That bundle of joy will always be a bundle of joy!
While my mind tried to collate all these different emotions I saw a nurse walk down with a bundle of shawl in her arms. There she was – my doll. She was dressed in a pink and white sweater with a matching cap and knitted booties. One could tell from the attire that this very outfit had dressed many kids for their special day too. I took a moment before I stepped forward and embraced her in my arms.
She was all but of 4 months. Tiny little bundle, tiny fingers and a small round face. Her eyes though were big and curious. They sparkled even in the dimply lit office and looked straight into my eyes to have a conversation of their own. I knew from the instant I saw her that her name must do justice to how beautifully expressive her eyes are and a day later we named her Nayraa – the girl with big eyes.
So here she was in my arms, staring back confused at this woman who couldn’t stop crying out of sheer joy. After years of dreaming about holding my child, here she was all real and much more precious than my mind could ever phantom. A few seconds later as though she understood what I felt, she reached out her lil palm from her shawl and held on to my finger with a tight assuring grip. In that one moment of touch I felt the bond of a hundred umbilical. Her beautiful pouted smile right between her 2 dimpled cheeks was the icing on the cake moment for me. I don’t remember how long I stood there and stared at her right in the centre of the room, but I do know had I been an artist could replicate every detail of that moment by memory alone.

I was distracted only to witness the tears of the To Be Dad who was standing right beside me and awaiting his turn with his lil angel. This was the impact of a girl who was just 4 months, weighed about 4 kilos and had no connection with us what so ever till that moment she saw us. In those few minutes we grew from just being a couple who were here to see her to being parents of this wonderful girl we will protect and love for the rest of our lives.
I am not a scientist, I don’t understand the concept of genes, blood line or blood groups as deeply like most other people probably do. All I know is my child who wasn’t born to me is 10 months today and she has wonderfully accepted and adopted us as her parents. She loves to laugh and play with us, she is comforted with our presence and misses us dearly if we aren’t around her. She looks so much like us these days that when people find the similarity we feel super proud.
I haven’t had the honor of carrying her in my womb for 9 months, but she can recognise my voice from miles away. I can’t breast feed her but that doesn’t stop her from clinging to my chest every time she’s hungry. She didn’t live close to my heart inside my body but today she falls asleep listening to the sound of my heart, to her my heart beat is the lullaby. I didn’t go through labour pain but every time she cries I know exactly what she needs to feel better. She doesn’t share our blood group but she still calls me Mama and her dad Papa, like she will for the rest of our lives.
I may not understand the importance of a family legacy but what I do know is that this day when she wakes up crying and frightened by a bad dream my cuddle comforts her. In a pitch dark room where she can’t see my face, she senses my feel and knows it’s me. A nice warm cuddle later one can slowly hear her crying become small sobs followed by a lil silence when she rests her head on my chest and then a curtain raiser of giggles, smiles and laughter.
No blood group can stop us from being happy parents with a happy child! She fills our life with so much joy, laughter and love. She is the reason we wake up each day with the hope of waking up forever more to watch her grow and love her each day a lil more!
We did not adopt Nayraa so we could give her a family, infact this child of God not born to us is the reason we are a family today!

 


Open your hearts and watch how a child can open your lives to everything wonderful!

Apr 21, 2015

Chasing Dreams......

Improvement in Children understanding....
Improvement in Children understanding....

We are glad to tell you about our project to define educational module for CCI (Child Care Institute). Since June 2014 CSA has been introducing with the pilot project at 2 States in india for 3 different CCI. The Aim of this project is to improve the academic performance and overcoming the inferiority complex of the child as far as the education is concerned. We have come up with sessions on Life Skill Training as per WHO (World Health Organization). Once it is successful in the 3 CCI we will be implementing it to all the 50 CCI, CSA is associated with.


As Per RTE (Right to Education) we introduce the Continuous and Comprehension Evaluation (CCE) as per the method teachers makes a plan & shares it with their fellow teachers. The Concept’s ( a particular topic) effectiveness for interactive teaching is then discussed to make it successful. To make it more effective in classroom a mind map (understanding of the child before introducing the topic) is prepared. This Mind Map helps the teacher to target the proper method as per the understanding or the misunderstanding of that particular child. The method then is implemented in Class and then the post learning assessment is done to compare with the Mind map.


Therefore Each of the 3 CCI children have gone through 11 sessions of Life skill training which covers Self Awareness, Collaborative work, Critical thinking, Decision Making, Communication Etc. Alongside Quarterly Teachers training is arranged who are directly involved in teaching of the children in CCI, to introduce interactive teaching, Activity based teaching and Print rich environment in class room. At the end of the year the assessment of the subject Language and Mathematics has shown conceptual learning levels have increased in this academic year. Teacher’s feedback is more oriented towards the children and more observations of the children are noticed and recorded. CSA have observed a grate level of improvement in the method of teaching, which is the core target of teachers training. More of Action songs, ice-breaking sessions are introduced in class to create fear free/Friendly environment in the class. This technique have helped the child to realize the dreams, and channelized the thinking to achieve these dreams, along with self confidence to cope up with the team. CSA has high hopes that it will be as successful as Pilot Project, in all other CCI’s associated with CSA.

child friendly atmoshere in class...
child friendly atmoshere in class...
Teacher
Teacher's training
Life Skill Training
Life Skill Training

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