The following postcard was written by Jay Marathe who visited CSA's project. Read more postcards from the field on GlobalGiving's In the Field page.
There are times when all of life seems to be contained within a single moment. I visited a home for ‘destitute’ girls in Pune, which is one of the projects that CSA funds. Having met the principal we entered the hall to speak to some of the residents – girls who are in conflict with the law, who have been abandoned by their parents, or who have been found operating as minors in a red light district. Upon entering the hall we were asked to address the girls, who were in a happy hubbub of post-school activity. No sooner had we mentioned the forthcoming Republic Day parade they had launched spontaneously into a series of choreographed cultural folk dances, insisting that we stay for just one more song and then just one more song until we were fully absorbed, enthralled in the energy and spirit of the moment. It was an environment which could have been full of troubled souls, but instead it was a community of happy freedom, where girls re-enforced their own cleanliness and discipline, where issues and problems were openly discussed with the staff and the air was sweet with evident kindness and care. An environment that reminds us that those in the most difficult situations often demonstrate most graciously the power and joy of community. I was impressed with the CSA representative who was familiar with the staff and residents and keen to ensure they were supporting the home where required. Wish you were here ! JAY
Aarti and Radha were relinquished by their parents when they were just 4 yrs and 2 yrs old respectively. Radha was born with Congenital Talipes Equino Varrus- a physical deformity in one of her legs. She was unable to walk. There were prospective adoptive parents who wanted to adopt Aarti , but not Radha. The Adoption guidelines of the “Central Adoption and Resource Authority” regulates that siblings are not to be separated and must be placed in a single adoptive family. Thus the siblings remained un-adopted resigned to life in an orphanage.
CSA referred Radha to Dr.Prakash Chavan an Orthopedic surgeon in Nanded, who suggested corrective surgery. Sponsored by CSA, Radha was operated on 26th January, 2010. Within a couple of months Radha started walking. She is now a normal kid and as playful and mischievous.
The siblings Aarti and Radha were adopted by a family in Pune,India. The adoptive family already have 3 sons-one biological and two adopted. Aarti and Radha have adapted themselves completely to their new family. Radha is already a darling to her elder brothers
Thank you all for helping us in our dream of "A Family for Every Child"
Sujit was only 3 yrs. old when his father died. His memory fails whenever he tries to think about his father as he does not have any remembrances of him. After his father’s demise, his mother worked hard as a hospital maid to support three children -Sujit and his 2 sisters. But, when he was 12 yrs old, his mother too passed away. In the meantime, his elder sister got married, she was in a difficult position supporting her two young siblings with the meager earning of her husband . For 2 yrs. she struggled against all odds and somehow managed. But she gave up eventually as it was impossible for her to support the growing needs of her brother and sister. So she admitted her sister in a Girls orphanage and Sujit in an Observation Home.
The Observation Home environment was alien to him. He was so shattered with the emotional trauma of losses that he faced at such a young kid, that he stopped interacting with others. He even refused to participate in any activity.
CSA runs a coaching class to help 8th, 9th and 10th standard students with their studies, in the Observation Home premise.CSA representative brought Sujit into the 8th standard coaching class. He gradually started performing well in the academics and eventually passed his 10th standard exam with a first class (61%) of marks. He completed course of Foundry Man with (68%). Moreover, he also started mingling with the peers who he was once aloof of. CSA sponsored him for all the educational expenses throughout.
Today 19 yr. old Sujit is working with a company named Graves and is earning 3000/- per month. He will be going back to stay with his sister and her family after a month (once he completes the MSCIT , a computer course which is again supported by CSA). He is practicing hard whatever is taught to him in the computer classes at the computer unit set up by CSA and determined to clear the exam with flying colors. This skill will help him to put his career in a fast track.
Sujit is a proud financially independent young man, ready to explore the world out side ,which is just a month away. He definitely earned every bit of it and thank you all for supporting him in changing the course of his destiny.
Schools in India reopened,couple of months back, after a long annual break.Children were happy as they would be joining the new classes,would meet new friends and also show their new school accessories.But,these orphan children from Jeevan Shanti Niketan,like million others, did not share the same joy.As they would be wearing the same old school uniforms,carrying the books either in their tiny hands or in a ploythene wrapper.This has been the way,as they are growing up.They would agian going to standout from the rest of the peers ,those having "school bags".
From the donation that we received from you,we have arranged school bags(including geometry box,tiffin box,notebooks,umbrella,water bottle etc.).It was a day they felt like any other children and those bags brought so much joy to them.
Thank you.Keep Helping us in Helping them.
Sanjana ,a 4 year old girl, was relinquished by her relatives when she was very young. The child was taken to Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for further procedures. The adoption agency gave enough time for the relatives of the baby to come back to claim the baby but nobody turned up. The agency completed all the required paper work and CWC has declared her legally free for adoption. Sanjana, a very pretty girl waits for her to be picked up by a willing family. BUT,till then, we have to ensure a “Family Like Care” to her.
Shree Ganesh Shishu Greh is a Govt. recognized adoption agency located in Latur ( in Rural Maharashtra,India), partly supported by the Women and Child Development Department of Central Govt. The agency though gets grants, many often not before the end of the year, for the maintenance of the children. The grant is also inadequate to meet the continuous medical, nutritional and other requirements of a growing child at the most crucial development stage of his/her life. This in many cases results in malnourished kids, languishing in the agency for a longer period, as they are not picked up by suitable adoptive parents.
CSA, a pioneer in starting the Rural trend on Adoption in India, supports such Rural agencies in updating the facilities and in improving the child care standards. A trained Childcare worker supervises and guides the agency staff, especially the Aayas, apart from monitoring the proper use of CSA support to the agencies. She is also involved in organizing medical check –up and follow-up of children and taking educational activities for them. Sanjana is receiving all the above benefits, with your generous support.With the improvement in the health and nutritional status, she has turned into a very healthy and happy kid.
We, on behalf of Sanjana and the adoption agency, express our sincere thanks and appreciate you for giving a better life to the baby. Please spread the word for ensuring “A Family for Every Child”.
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