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.
Apr 1, 2011

Vocational Training for girls from Destitute Home

Learning tailoring skills for future betterment
Learning tailoring skills for future betterment

Observation Home for girls is the Destitute Home from Pune, Maharashtra, India which shelters around 100 girls from different background. Poverty stricken parents admit there wards in this institute for education. Apart from this single parent’s children, total orphans, girls with conflict with law or the girls found from immoral traffic are also taken care of. The Government receives grant from State Government which is very in sufficient. Therefore they are depended upon the external donations.  CSA has been the most important helping hand for this organization.

While working with this destitute home CSA noticed that some of the elder girls are not much interested in education. There is nothing to do for these girls for whole day. They are restricted to go outside the campus for security purpose. Even the school in premises is only up to 7th standard. So CSA took initiative to start with the Tailoring unit for 20 girls. This was a 6 monthly course which helped girls learn the basics to the Full length dresses. Girls enjoyed their time learning new skills. Their creativity was also encouraged as they started thinking of new and innovative ideas. During Diwali Festival these girls came up with challenge of saying that if they are provided with the cloth they are ready to stitch new festival dress to all the inmates. Accordingly CSA provided the cloth for the girls to stitch new dress to all the girls residing in the organization. They successfully completed the task and all the girls wore new cloths on the day of Diwali. They were very happy as usually they get only the old and used clothes received from the donors. This skill will certainly help them becoming self reliant once they are out of this organization.

The sewing machine repairs, raw material, instructor for tailoring etc. are provided by CSA. Recently all the inmates are awarded with the certificate issued from the Human Resource Ministry from state of Maharashtra. After getting good response from the 1st batch, we have started with second batch of another 15 girls for the same 6 monthly course.

CSA would like to Thank You for enabling us to help the destitute girls to help themselves.   

Enjoying the Creativity
Enjoying the Creativity
Certificates imparted for compliting the course
Certificates imparted for compliting the course

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Feb 28, 2011

In a moment of dance

The following postcard was written by Jay Marathe who visited CSA's project. Read more postcards from the field on GlobalGiving's In the Field page.

There are times when all of life seems to be contained within a single moment. I visited a home for ‘destitute’ girls in Pune, which is one of the projects that CSA funds.

Having met the principal we entered the hall to speak to some of the residents – girls who are in conflict with the law, who have been abandoned by their parents, or who have been found operating as minors in a red light district.

Upon entering the hall we were asked to address the girls, who were in a happy hubbub of post-school activity. No sooner had we mentioned the forthcoming Republic Day parade they had launched spontaneously into a series of choreographed cultural folk dances, insisting that we stay for just one more song and then just one more song until we were fully absorbed, enthralled in the energy and spirit of the moment.

It was an environment which could have been full of troubled souls, but instead it was a community of happy freedom, where girls re-enforced their own cleanliness and discipline, where issues and problems were openly discussed with the staff and the air was sweet with evident kindness and care. An environment that reminds us that those in the most difficult situations often demonstrate most graciously the power and joy of community.

I was impressed with the CSA representative who was familiar with the staff and residents and keen to ensure they were supporting the home where required.

Wish you were here !

JAY

Jan 11, 2011

Radha & Aarti -have found a Home

Radha--post surgery
Radha--post surgery

Aarti and Radha were relinquished by their parents when they were just 4 yrs and 2 yrs old respectively. Radha was born with Congenital Talipes Equino Varrus- a physical deformity in one of her legs. She was  unable to walk. There were prospective adoptive parents who wanted to adopt Aarti , but not Radha. The Adoption guidelines of the “Central Adoption and Resource Authority” regulates that siblings are not to be separated and must be placed in a single adoptive family. Thus the siblings remained un-adopted resigned to life in an orphanage.

CSA referred Radha to Dr.Prakash Chavan an Orthopedic surgeon in  Nanded, who suggested  corrective surgery. Sponsored by CSA, Radha was operated on 26th January, 2010. Within a couple of months Radha started walking. She is now a normal kid and as playful and mischievous.

The siblings Aarti and Radha were adopted by a family in Pune,India. The adoptive family already have 3 sons-one biological  and two adopted. Aarti and Radha have adapted themselves completely to their new family.  Radha is already a darling to her elder brothers

Thank you all for helping us in our dream of "A Family for Every Child"

Radha with Aarti
Radha with Aarti
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