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

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.

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.

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