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.
Sep 4, 2013

A Sibling for Life!

Family for every child.....
Family for every child.....

Mr. Shankar and Subasri are from Chennai who adopted baby Pushpita from Odisha. They share their story with us -

 

We are thankful to CSA. Its only because of CSA that we have adopted a 2 year old girl in May 2012 as our own. CSA's representative Mr. Pritikanta Panda was of great help in helping us identifying the adoption agency, doing a translator's job, helping with vehicle bookings etc.

We are from Chennai & married since November 2007 and even as we took our wedding vows, we decided we'll have one biological & one adopted child. Close to a year after wedding, God blessed us with a boy and as he turned 2, we started visiting & enquring with all CARA listed agencies in our state of Tamil Nadu regarding adoptions. Almost all agencies told us that they hardly had kids who were available for adoption and there was a huge waiting list of childless couples in queue.

More than a year passed, and we had tried to contact a few agencies in Maharashtra and elsewhere on our own, but nothing materialized. We also wanted our adopted daughter to grow up alongside our son, but our dream seemed far fetched. We had set a deadline of November 2012, beyond which we decided to call it quits.

Luckily, in March 2012, we met another couple from Chennai Mr. Rammohan Thyagarajan who adopted a girl from Odisha with the assistance of CSA. I first contacted Mrs. Bharati Das Gupta, who quickly introduced me to Mr. Pritikanda Panda in Odisha, who in turn sent me a checklist of all required documents. Suddenly, our hopes went soaring, and before we realized, we were put in touch with an adoption institute in Odisha who shared the photograph of our potential 2 year old daughter. Nithilan (our son) was 3 by then and we thought a sister a year younger to him will be a good addition. Once all the paperwork was in order, we went down to the children's home, saw our daughter, and took possession of her under foster carer and were back in Chennai by May 2012. CSA has been wonderful; our heartfelt thanks to everyone specially to Mr. Pritikanda Panda.

Pushpita (our daughter) has been enrolled to kindergarden school. Today, my kids are just like any other siblings - they play with each other, are adamant, fight and cause havoc but we are not complaining! 

Sep 4, 2013

On their way to Self-Reliance!

Tailoring class at Bhivandi
Tailoring class at Bhivandi

CSA has been working with the Observation Home for  Girls at Bhivandi for sometime now. Most of the children come to the Observation home following issues related to conflicts with the law. As a result, many are depressed, suffer from other clinical disorders and harbor destructive thoughts towards themselves and others around.

These  girls fall in the 12 to 18 years age group. At the Observation home, they are provided with basic amenities, food and shelter. Many are school drop outs but some basic education is provided, however, after turning 18, what's in store for them? How will they become independent members of society capable of supporting themselves for the future? How will they turn self-reliant?

With a view to helping these  and girls stand on their own feet, CSA commenced a Basic Tailoring unit with the help of Jan Shikshan Sanstha in the month of December 2012 for some of the female inmates. They learned how to take measurements, cut fabric and basic stitching techniques in 3 months. Thereafter, all the girls were admitted to an advance level of Dress making course. They have now stitched their own outfits and also stitched bags for younger school going kids from the same home. On observing their dedication and level of improvement, CSA decided to start a Hand Embroidery course too.

The girls are devoted and passionate towards these courses and display a great level of creativity in whatever task they take up. Needless to state, their confidence levels have risen, their smiles have deepened - giving them a renewed identity and purpose of life.....and now, it can be truly said of them - they are on their way to self-reliance!

Jun 7, 2013

We are busy now..........

tailoring class at Bhivandi
tailoring class at Bhivandi

The Observation Home for girls located at Bhivandi, near Mumbai. there are arround 50 girls living in this orphnage. State government is providing grant @ of Rs. 635/- per child per month. This amount is very insufficient to meet the medical, educational and maintenance expenses of the children. When CSA heard about the insufficient grant and the struggle of the NGO to raise funds to meet the needs of the children, we decided to help them for Vocational Training.

CSA is running Tailoring Course at Observation Home girls, Bhivandi. These girls come from very different back grounds and different states. Sometimes they don’t even know how to write and read. Sangita is from very poor family and she studied up to 3rd std still she learned measurements and stitched caps for babies, baby frock and baby shirts. She is performing well. We have a plan to give advance course to her if she gets good marks in Basic Tailoring exam. This can be an opportunity for Sangita to earn in future and stand on her own feet. CSA made arrangement for tailoring machines, material for practice and all other needful equipment, thread, needle etc.This was not possible without your support.

We express our sincere thanks for your kind and generous funds. We also thank you for enabling CSA to help needy and under privileged children. 

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