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.
Dec 5, 2012

Adoptive parents gettogether-more to adoption

How to talk about adoption with adoptive child?
How to talk about adoption with adoptive child?

Finding a home/family, though a very important milestone in the rehabilitation of an abandoned child, is  nevertheless, only the beginning of a process- one  that calls for care and guidance in bringing up the child. Invariably confronted with the question of ‘identity of the child’, how the fact of adoption is to be shared, handling  adolescence,  and most importantly, the search for roots,  aparents seek opportunities to share  experiences, exchange views and receive expert guidance  from professionals.

Catalysts for Social Action being the channel for a family for every child, we realize that only the child reaching to the family is not enough; post-adoption issues need to be addressed particularly since many Indian Aparents are still inclined to be secretive about the fact of adoption.

 Adoption Awareness Week is celebrated internationally during the week 14th Nov. to 21st Nov. Using the opportunity, we organized an AParents’ Get-together in Bangalore. For us,  Bangalore is a unique choice of location since 52 children from rural Odisha and Maharashtra, have found homes in Bangalore. Also, Vathsalya Charitable Trust-one of the best Adoption agencies and our “Friend-in-need” agreed to join hands with us in this initiative. Mary Paul from Vathsalya Charitable Trust and  Brajesh Mishra,  CSA Managing Committee member and an adoptive aparent himself, moderated the day’s discussions.

The highlight of the day was  the presence of the adopted children who had also, been invited. Those happy faces reflected the transition from orphanage life to family life. For us, that was the key motivator! And of course, the parents were delighted!

Learning disability to be aware about children!!!
Learning disability to be aware about children!!!
Happy to see these blossuming flowers........
Happy to see these blossuming flowers........
Which one is adopted child? Kids are same!!!
Which one is adopted child? Kids are same!!!

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Dec 5, 2012

Festival of Lights!!!!

Happy Diwali !!!
Happy Diwali !!!

In India the festival of lights popularly known as ‘Diwali’ is an occasion of joy and excitement. There are lots of rituals and ceremonies during 3 days of celebration when friends and relatives get together. Colorful Rangoli (Design at door steps) and sweets add charm to the festival.

For the kids in orphanages that have no home or relatives to celebrate with, however, the occasion is a re-iteration of their deprivation. But CSA was  there for them!  CSA ensured that not a single child (in CSA supported orphanages) was left out of Diwali celebrations. Crackers, Diya (earthen lamps), Lanterns,  Rangoli, sweets and festival dresses  were sent out to them well before the festive days. CSA representatives at different locations (Goa, MP, Orissa, Maharashtra) ensured that they spent time with the kids and made the celebrations joyful.

6 yrs. Old,  Vinayak who was scared of the fire works at first refused to participate. Soon however, he was persuaded by his friends to hold the sparklers in both his hands . The glee on his face spoke volumes both, for the joy of the celebrations and, his success in overcoming fear! That smile on his face said ‘Happy Diwali’ to all the CSA team!!!.

Diya Festival
Diya Festival
crakers @ girls observation home
crakers @ girls observation home

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Dec 5, 2012

Kaushalya: journey to self-sufficiency

Tailoring class for Girls.
Tailoring class for Girls.

The situation before your intervention: Kaushalya was 14 when she came to the Observation Home for Girls at Nana Peth, Pune.  Originally from Orissa, she had immense difficulties in adjusting with the inmates and staff of the home. It was difficult for her to make friends because she could neither speak nor even understand Marathi or Hindi. Also, she was an introvert and found it difficult to mingle.  

What you did to help this person: CSA representatives amongst others got Kaushalya to interact with them urging her to open up. They found that she was bright and quick at picking up skills. She soon learned to speak the local language, made friends and showed skills in Drawing, Decoration and Sewing. Kaushalya now, attends school. She makes artifacts out of old clothes and attends CSA sponsored tailoring classes.

 

The situation after/ Achievement after your intervention: Kaushalya feels more addressed than she ever was in her life. Her friends who now, seek her company accept her. There is a tremendous change in her personality and she looks poised to be able to look after herself when at 18, she will need to establish her own identity.

 

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