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.
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.

Nov 6, 2014

Two curious eyes waiting for mom

A loving relationship......
A loving relationship......

Being associated with CSA adoption Project I keep visiting Adoption agencies from Rural area in the month of May I paid visit to adoption agency from Jalana (a district in Maharashtra India). I was sitting in the office the office and having word with the trustees of this home regarding various other issues to identify their need where CSA can support them and upgrade the home for children’s betterment.
I could sense that some tiny baby is peeping from the door and hiding when I was turning my attention towards the door. I finished the discussion and then asked the trustee who is the one who is peeping out from the door? And I got to know about the story of those two eyes waiting for his mom…… 2 yrs old Nitin (name changed) was bought to the adoption agency by police he was found near the garden crying alone. Since then the police inquired him about his name, parents name but he didn’t utter a single word. Social worker from the adoption home asked him using different methods but Nitin was speechless. The only thing the social worker could get was that he was very attached to his mom.
Adoption agency made all the effort to find Nitin’s parent but all in vain. Here Nitin was examined by the doctors and could not come out with any deformity for his ability to speak. Six months passed but Nitin never uttered a single word. Nitin was silently watching that the set of parents are coming and picking up the younger kids and taking them home. Every time there were parents /visitors Nitin used to get more excited he used to peep out from the door to watch whether there is somebody for him. Nitin was not selected by any of the parents because he never spoke a single word. I met him and felt that I should try my level best to find parents for him. I came back to Pune and got busy with my routine work but could not forget those eyes which said so much. We CSA team made all the efforts to search parents for him, putting his details on our website, talking and appealing parents to consider Nitin. Finally a lady pilot in well-known air force in India, who was willing to be a single mom visited our website and gave me a call. I immediately told her about the availability of Nitin. She showed her willingness and completed the formalities to take Nitin under foster care. She decided to get the speech therapist’s consultancy for Nitin and fix his deformity. Nitin was very happy to see his Mom in the first visit itself. Joy was pouring out of his eyes, he kept holding her hands was not ready to leave her. No speech was required for both of them.
Last week when I called Nitin’s Mom she told me that the speech therapist says Nitin doesn’t require any speech treatment and he has started talking. He loves being in company with his cousin and neighborhood friends but more than that he loves his MOM.

Aug 14, 2014

Safe and Unsafe touch....

Safe unsafe touch session in Maharashtra
Safe unsafe touch session in Maharashtra

In 2007, the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, released a study on Child Abuse that opened the country’s eyes to the enormity of the problem.
Some statistical data about child sexual abuse:
•  53.22% children in India are reported to be sexually abused, in a study by the Ministry of Women and Children Development
•  In the same study, out of above mentioned number 50% had been abused by people who they knew or were held in a position of trust and responsibility
•  52.94% were boys and 47.06% were girls
•  According to UNICEF, across the world, more than 150 million girls and 70 million boys have witnessed forced sexual intercourse or other forms of violence involving physical contact

It is important to empower children with appropriate knowledge and this is one of the first steps towards prevention and protection against sexual abuse. Specifically in the case of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA), Prevention becomes the most important pillar, because if the case reaches the intervention stage where the child has already been abused ,the damage is done. The scars of abuse last a lifetime and affect many areas of the child's life including relationships, professional life etc. The experience of abuse can lead to anxiety disorders, substance abuse and depression also.
(Source: CHILDLINE India Foundation)

With this critical point in mind, Catalysts for Social Action initiated workshops on Safe & Unsafe Touch with all children at children’s homes in the age group of 6-14 years of age.  Our staff also attended workshops by CHILDLINE India that train volunteers in running sessions with children in schools on ‘Child Sexual Abuse’ Awareness.

Aim of sessions was to -
* Inform children about the various forms of safe and unsafe touch
* Give children necessary information to prevent abuse
* What should children do in case they are faced with such situations of potential abuse

The workshop consisted of a presentation and screening of video ‘Komal’ (Childline India), a brilliantly conceived short film on child sexual abuse.

The workshops were well received by children as well as caretakers & trustees and this is being seen as an important step towards ensuring that children are equipped with necessary information in order to prevent such incidents.

Safe unsafe touch session @ Goa
Safe unsafe touch session @ Goa

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