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

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. 

Jun 7, 2013

Environmental Day

On the occasion of the Environment Day, 5th June, we visited the Girls Observation Home, at Nana Peth, Pune. The home caters around 100 girls. We had planned an activity of poster making, for which we carried large chart papers and boxes of crayons.

After an initial introduction and talk on what the environment is and why it is necessary to protect it, the girls where divided into groups of approximately 5 each, and given a topic to make the poster on. Subject line for the posters were, recycling the waste, saving water, saving electricity, saving fuel etc. All the posters come up really well.

Thus in the time period of about an hour, the 12 groups made posters with various awareness messages. These posters then collected,are to be displayed in the class later, so that everyone gets a chance to see what the others worked on and the message they were to spread.

After that, we took the older girls down in groups to plant the saplings that we had carried with us. We started the planting activity by the hands of Mrs. Sapkal, who is the chairman of Child welfare Committee Pune.  The girls especially enjoyed this activity as all the plants where flowering and had lovely smelling plants like mogra and zui, which they already knew of. Two of CSA volunteer helped conduct this activity.

As a participatory gift, we gave all the girls hair clips, and also distributed sweets to conclude the day. Thus through this small activity we ensure that the kids learn something as well as have fun. Many thanks to the donors like you who are helping us to carry out such fruitful activity.

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