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.
Jun 6, 2012

"A family for every child"

Rammohan with his wife and daughter
Rammohan with his wife and daughter

Yes we feel that adoption is the most complete form of rehabilitation as all the needs of the child are taken care in the way it should be. We get immense pleasure when our efforts unite children with their parents and they make a family. Here is what one of the adoptive parents Mr. Rammohan Thyagrajan has to say………

"It was with a sense of cautious optimism, that I sent a mail to CSA in January 2012. Over the previous week, I had actually cold-called close to 100+ agencies throughout India requesting to be enrolled and I had faced a closed door every single time. Every agency was interpreting CARA guidelines in their own ways (some support inter-state adoption and some didn't). Overall I was reaching a sign of desperation when I came across CSA through a facebook group. I immediately cold-called and received a pretty warm response. I was asked to send out an email to CSA following which things started moving quickly. A couple of days later, I got a call from CSA's Orissa Project officer, Pritikanta who told us about  a 6 month old girl who has been declared legally adoptable. We were overjoyed & gladly expressed our interest and were immediately put in touch with Nehru Sevak Sangh at Bhawanipatna. Within a month from then, we had taken our angel Anwesha into foster care and exactly a month later, we got summons from the court in Bhawanipatna to complete our legal processes. Last week, we received our birth certificate and our registered adoption deed. The agency followed the CARA guidelines to a T and we were completed amazed by their honest/earnestness. In addition, the journey for us, (thorough city breds) into the interiors of Orissa was fascinating, to say the least. We also became aware of the terrific job that Nehru Sevak Sangh has been doing in this area, not to mention their association with CSA. Overall the experience was incredible and our lives have been enriched with the arrival of our little angel. We look forward to talking to CSA again in the next couple of years as we get ready to adopt our second child. I have already referred CSA to dozens of people. It is not a exaggeration when I say that CSA offers a lone hope amidst the gloom that hangs over the adoption scene in India."

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Jun 1, 2012

Musical summer

‘Music’ the word itself gives us relaxation, pleasure and peace of mind. Listening music dose a miraculous job to transform the tensed and stressed situation.  This summer when all those orphan children who have there far relatives or single parent went back to their home for vacation and only those remained who really are total orphan. For them the orphanage campus is their whole world, more over their past makes them more nervous and lifeless.

CSA thought of bringing some liveliness to the atmosphere by experimenting with music therapy. Mr. Umesh Javalkar who himself is the music lover and expert to play many musical instrument showed his interest to volunteer and teach the kids to play Casio in their premises itself.  CSA discussed the plan and sponsored to purchase Casio. It was decided that Mr. Umesh will allow each and every child to play the instrument and then will identify those kids who because of traumatic condition has become more reserve and timid. He showed his confidence that music will transform these kids and they will have a positive attitude towards life. Music therapy is one of the best methods of relaxation and rejuvenates person to be filled with liveliness. With this thought and with lots of apprehensions we tried this musical experiment at Observation Home for Boys, Pune Maharashtra (India).

In the 1st week when I paid visit to this class I was very happy to see or hear children playing national anthem. I was surprised how come they could pick up the musical notes in such short span? Kids already decided that they will play national anthem on Casio during Independence Day (15th August) Celebration. Not only were those who are playing the instrument but also those who are listening enjoyed the session. Mr. Umesh is helping them with great passion and children are responding to him so well which made CSA’s effort worth. I hope this activity achieve the objective with which it has started. We are thankful to all of you and well wishers of CSA for enabling us to help kids in need to help themselves. :)

Mar 9, 2012

"Here is my mumma"

Saksham is safe & secure in his mom
Saksham is safe & secure in his mom's arm......

There are millions of orphan children in India, a very large section among these are institutionalized. CSA as its ongoing activity keeps referring to families (who are willing to adopt)  to the children who are waiting in rural adoption agencies. One of the parent Supriya (name change) approached CSA and showed her willingness to adopt a child. I therefore referred them to the adoption agency where the baby Saksham of their preference was available for adoption. Within 15 days the family prepared the list of required documents and completed all the formality and bought baby Saksham (5 months old) to their family under foster care.     

IDEA Foundation an NGO organized there foundation day event wherein there was a lecture on parenthood by a well known child psychologist. I met Supriya with her baby at this function and found her to be very happy. She shared that her mother in law was not ready for adopting child. She always kept abusing her for not being able to give birth to child and used to harass her in some or the other way. Since Saksham came in their family the mother in law’s attitude has been changed towards her. Saksham is most attached to her mother in law then her. Now the granny of Saksham says “why you didn’t adopt him earlier, I would have got more time with him”.   

Meanwhile Saksham felt sleepy Supriya made him comfortable and weaved him slowly and within seconds he felt fast to sleep, feeling very secure in his mumma’s arm.  No one can believe after looking at them that they don’t share blood relationship. I think this relationship is beyond blood relationship………

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