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.
Feb 28, 2014

I want to stand on my feet.....

Girls at Tailoring class
Girls at Tailoring class

Being in a social work profession I often listen to stories of the inmate who come and stay in children's Home. Especially young girls aged 16 to 18 have confessed that they want to share their feelings and talk to someone….. Whenever possible I like to spare time talking with them.

Last week I met Riya name changed (17 yrs. ) old girl, I tried talking to her and came to know that she has very calm and quite personality with big expressive eyes. She came in the children home 9 months back. Her brother fell down when she was babysitting him. She was brutally bitten by her father, which led her to launch complain in police station and Police brought her to the children's home in Mumbai. She was horrified with what had happen with her, new atmosphere new people made her shyer and introvert moreover her relatives made her realize that what she did was very wrong. Being a girl of this family she should have thought about the family more than herself. I made her understand that she has full right to raise her voice against any atrocity in her life.

She has nothing to do after coming to shildren's home, as she had left her schooling 4 yrs. back. Now the only hope in her life was the tailoring class which is started by CSA in this Home. She attends this class regularly and even does the practice after the class is over. She has done with the basic course of 3 months and now is doing Advance course of tailoring. Simultaneously she is also learning hand embroidery skills.She strted enjoing this creative work and also could mix with other inmates.

To be self reliant is her dream now and so she doesn’t want to go back to her home. Looking at the performance of the girls enrolled for tailoring class, CSA have decided to enroll 5 such a girls for Fashion Designing course. Riya is one of such a girl. This is again an encouragement for other girls to do well and a proud feeling for CSA that their small effort is a life changing incident for the girls like Riya.

Tailoring class instructor helping them
Tailoring class instructor helping them
Frocks are ready
Frocks are ready

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Feb 28, 2014

Helping to help themselves..

Children
Children's committee formation

This time all the CSA staff were busy forming and running of Children's committees at the children’s home CSA is associated with. Its relevance, roles & responsibilities of members – and their active participation………… Officer in Charge of every State (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh , Maharashtra and Orissa) help to facilitate the setting up of Children's Committees to ensure involvement of children in running of the institution. The committee shall be constituted solely by children. CSA has been mobilizing childcare agencies we work with, to form Children's Committees and we have been successful in guiding children to help form these committees. The children's committees are to maintain a register for recording the activities and proceedings, and place it before the managing committee meeting every month. There are also provisions for setting up of a complaint redress mechanism in every institution and a Children's Suggestion Box – accessible to children – where children can drop their complaints in writing. The underlying purpose is to provide guidance on how to function and equip children in improving their confidence levels, engage in decision making, come up with ideas to improve conditions of the institution, develop educational, vocational & recreational plans, support each other in man aging crisis, make suggestions that would be beneficial to all the inmates. We have helped children with selecting their leaders, explained the roles & responsibilities of each member, get them to conduct periodic meetings, maintaining records and minutes of the meeting. It has been observed that on the whole, children are very receptive and have been enthusiastically participating and contributing their time, talent & ideas for various initiatives. Some of the younger children are still in the process of learning to execute their tasks as committee members but in general are quite excited! Some of the initiatives / tasks that Children's committee members have been managing at all locations, • committee members are keeping stock of hygiene kits supply and following up with their peers to ensure that they are following do's and don'ts shared during oral & personal hygiene awareness sessions In Goa and Mumbai, • 'Health & Hygiene' minister demonstrated hand washing techniques and encouraged their friends to follow In Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha, • members have been planning different recreational & cultural activities on different occasions all by themselves with little or no help either from the institute's management or CSA At one of the children’s home in Orissa Children’s committee members strogly demanded for improvement in the quality of the food they were getting. They successfully made an impact to get the better quality food. This truly is a motivation for CSA team and is an excellent means of empowering children and gaining hands on experience on various life and management skills right there at the Children’s home itself....

CSA Staff explaining the concept
CSA Staff explaining the concept
Children
Children's committee meeting

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Feb 28, 2014

Life Changing movement.....

4 Months Netra got a family....
4 Months Netra got a family....

Adoption is a beautiful, life transforming experience. It is a blessing for the child and parents and unfolds joys which know no bounds! Each adoption story is special, memorable, full of hope and anticipation and a triumphant moment for the entire family! We are committed to our Vision 'Every Child Matters!' and are constantly working towards finding a loving and nurturing home for every orphaned child. Presenting successful adoption case facilitated by CSA. Rajesh Duraiswamy and Subhashini adopted 4 months old female baby Netra.

We got in touch with Catalysts for Social Action and when we learnt of the goals and motives of CSA, we were convinced that this was the right beginning for our adoption process.

Soon after our registration at CSA, we were referred to an adoption agency in the deeper pockets of Maharashtra. By then, we had learnt of CSA’s ground-level support and involvement with certain identified adoption centres so as to assist in its infrastructure building and day-to-day running. We were also aware of CSA’s strategic vision to enable adoptive families in the cities to adopt a child from adoption centres away from the cities that had children to place on adoption – this was such a brilliant concept and we like so many other parents, were delighted to pursue this option. CSA had already intimated us that the paper-work for the registration with the specified agency would need to be done to the satisfaction of that agency. We were also keen of providing complete documents. It is in such instances that CSA proved to be of able assistance – Lucy Matthews of CSA was always, always available to answer our queries. Through our adoption process, we have turned to Lucy several times, for clarity or for an assurance and without ever stepping out the framework in which CSA operates, Lucy has responded to us unfailingly. As most adoptive parents reading this would understand, our most frequent question was when we would be ever called to ‘meet’ the baby. Lucy would sense our impatience and understand how agonising it is to wait for a child, without a definite timeframe.

CSA earns fullest marks for being sensitive to the emotions of a parent, without overstretching itself with false assurances on matters beyond its reach. It was only much later, in our interactions with the adoption agency that we learnt of how regularly CSA had followed up on our registration. It is easy now – with our little girl by our side – to reduce the year or so that went from registration to the actual arrival of our baby into 4 short words - ‘a long, uncertain wait’ but we know how emotional that journey can be. Letting our mind roll back only a few months ago, we understand the state of parents who are overwhelmed by their expectations of their child’s arrival, who have put several decisions in life on hold for this life-changing moment but are practically clueless on All our doubts and questions vanished on that fine day, when we finally received the call to meet our baby. Again, CSA helped us immensely, advising us on what to expect. It is through CSA that we spoke to other families who have adopted from the same agency and benefited from their generous help and valuable inputs. The actual visit which involved meeting the child and its caretakers, reviewing the medical file and also meeting a doctor for a physical examination of the child was simple and uncomplicated – however, our interaction with CSA and other adoptive parents who had also adopted with CSA’s assistance gave us great comfort and foresight on one of the most important days of our life. Completing justifying our reliance on CSA to guide us to the right agency, we were gratified to find that the agency we visited was well-managed and well-administered and we have only positive feedback on our experience with them.

Future of the baby  is in safe hands now
Future of the baby is in safe hands now
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