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.
Mar 11, 2013

Changing Times...

Now our family is complete!!!
Now our family is complete!!!

Not very long ago, older children did not find homes with families in India. Most Indian

parents wanted a small baby less than 2 years old. And so, many children went abroad to

foreign families.

Yogesh and Supriya Bochare adopted 6 year old Aarushi from an Adoption Agency in Jalna,

Maharashtra – a sign of the changing times and, mind sets. The Bochare had registered for

a 6 month old child 2 years ago and were still waiting for some kind of lead from the agency

when Yogesh sent an email inquiry to CSA. Yogesh writes: “Within 2 days we got call from

CSA informing us of the availability of an older child in one of their partner-agencies. We

were jubilant and also, apprehensive; we had never thought of an older child-certainly not a

6-year old! By that age, a child has an independent mind and we were afraid about issues of

adjustment.

Nevertheless, we decided to follow through. The day we first met her, we liked her! But we knew we had to

think it through; ours could not be a decision made in haste. We had been married since 2001 and had, without

success, tried every possible way of starting our family. Here was the opportunity!! Should we let it go? Debate

and discussion followed and we concluded that what we were looking at, was not a Job, nor an office, nor was it

the fulfillment of a duty; here was a child who could, so easily, become ours! The conclusion was unanimous – and

so, 6 years old “Aarushi” came home to us.

Our life has changed dramatically since her arrival; from a happy couple, we are now, happy responsible parents.

Of course we have to adapt to her ways to an extent but we are enjoying every moment. Thanks to CSA! We are

ever grateful!”

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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