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”.
"How much does a Box of Color Pencil cost?".It cost a lot.As it can buy an orphaned/destitute kid in Rural India -a wonderful time to tread her/his imagination.an escapade to a wonderland where (s)he can create something,a joyride to just become and behave like a children.The same we witnessed when we orgaised a "day of fun" through drawing
/painting at the following 3 locations.
(1)Jeevan Shanti Niketan Orphanage:
It is located at Ganesh chowk, Buva pada,Ambernath (W) at Maharashtra.Rev.Yohannan Poulos and his family is taking care of 12 orphans, some of them are single parent. They receive funds from local donation which just meet their basic requirements.CSA provide ongoing support to this Orphanage,
A tatto making session was organised on 24th April,2010.
(2)Girls Observation Home, Nanapeth:
The observation home for girls located at Nana Peth, Pune(Maharashtra) is run by an NGO – District Probation and After Care Association. Though it receives a grant from the state government @ of Rs. 635/- per child per month, this amount is very insufficient to meet the medical, educational and maintenance expenses of the children, without public donation. Therefore CSA decided to help this institute to tackle with the insufficient grant. There are about 80 girls who are residing there.
CSA organized a Watermelon distribution and Drawing engagement on 21 April 2010.25 girls are participated and glued to their drawing paper for hours.
SOFOSH is a registered adoption agency set up under the aegis of the Sassoon Hospital in Pune, Maharashtra and has been operational for several years. Rated (publicly) as one of the well-managed and ethical agencies, SOFOSH has been placing children in adoption both in India and abroad for several years.
SOFOSH set up a special facility for special-needs children called TARA. The 100-seat facility was built for accommodating special-neds children both, from SOFOSH as also, others who approach TARA directly.
At present, all 29 children in TARA are SOFOSH children. Many of the children are severely impacted (cerebral palsy/mentally challenged) and are not mobile. Those that can move around, were treated by CSA to an evening of fun on 15th May,2010. They were taken to a nearby park and treated to a snacks and fun-filled evening. They drew /painted enthusiastically
These are few gimpses of a particular kind of acticity (children engagement) among myriad of our ongoing support(Infrastructure,Nutrition,Education,Training to Childcare workers etc.) to these Rural Agencies/Orphanages/Destitute Homes which making sustainable differeneces to the lives of the kids( staying at present and to them who will come in future) by improving childcare standards.
Thank you ALL !!
Thank you for your continued support. We have tried a different way of reporting our activities this time. The following is the story by single adoptive mother Nalini, in her own words who CSA supported in her process. Moreover , please remember that on 16 March 2010, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made to this project on www.globalgiving.org by 30% (up to $1,000 per person. Please do donate and spread the word for CSA to contribute on that day. Here goes the true tale:-
My own feeling …..
“You are single and want to adopt a child! That is impossible”, said my parents. My mother immediately went to her room, locked up and started crying. I also saw tears in my sister’s eyes. They wanted me to get married and have my own biological child like my two siblings. My dreams of adopting were shattered.
My greatest challenge was in getting the approval of someone who would give the undertaking for the child I was to adopt.My friend Mala willingly agreed to give the undertaking for the child I was to adopt. This turned out to be a giant leap. I filed my papers for Adoption on September 11th 2009. My social worker Vanita fixed the home study on 24th September. It was a much tensed period as my parents were still against it.
After my home study, there were greater challenges ahead. I approached many Adoption homes in Bangalore to know that there was a long waiting list and the preference was given to couples without children. I being unmarried and single was also not in my favour.
Then my friend Anita came to my rescue. She gave me the contact number of Mrs. Usha Pillai of CSA. I had a telephonic conversation with her and she seemed very positive. She forwarded my details to two of her coordinators- Lucy Mathew and Pallavi. On November 11th I received a mail from Lucy Mathew informing me that there is a child of my requirement at Latur, Sishu Mandir. I spoke to Mrs. Gaikwad at Sishu Mandir and decided that the child Nisha located for me was my child. I did not ask for any snap of the child but went by Mrs.Lucy’s words because I knew she was trustworthy. She told me that the child was medium complexion and healthy. That was enough. I started working towards visiting and getting the baby destined for me in the same visit.
My friend Vidya accompanied me to Latur. So, the date of the visit and getting the baby was finalized to 8th December. It seemed that God had finally heard my prayers! One week before I was to leave for Latur, my parents changed their mind and gave me full support. My father even accompanied me to the lawyer and the Police commissioner’s office to get all the documents ready for adoption. His support was great and gave me so much of strength. I was now set with all the documents and was mentally prepared to bring home my child.
My first meeting with Nisha was to be on 10th December. As the day approached, I was very nervous about it. Every child I saw on the way, made me wonder if my child would be like this. As I was waiting impatiently for her, Nisha was brought to me. She wore a red frock which was too long for her. She was so different from all the children I had ever imagined. She was very weak, with scanty brown hair and looked under nourished. To add to this, her hair was well oiled and combed into a side partition and her face was powered (extra). She was crying when they got her out. I did not feel like carrying her and I almost asked God why has he sent this child to me? I was angry and upset and I felt like crying. I controlled all my emotions. Vidya carried Nisha first and as she knew marathi she started the conversation with her. I was still wondering if I should carry her or not. Finally, Vidya asked me to carry her and I did it reluctantly and realized that she was so light. We spent around one and a half hours with her. During this time I saw her more closely and realized she had long black eyelashes though her hair was brown. I presumed that this could be due to malnourishment. She was a normal and active child. But as every one had warned me I wanted to subject her to a thorough medical checkup. The medical report turned out to be good except that she was malnourished. I decided to adopt Nisha. I submitted all the papers to the court for adoption and on the next day, 12th December we had a court hearing which went off well and by evening she was my child.
My next step was to prepare my family members for accepting Nisha- I was so worried about how my parents would accept her as I myself had taken some time for this. I was surprised when they accepted her readily like any of their other grandchildren.
Now Nisha has become Amodhini – one who gives happiness. She wants to be called Amo and not Nisha or Amodha or Amodhini. She goes to a play home close to my house. Both my parents have many things to tell about her everyday when I reach home from work. Now she is my dad’s pet. He drops her to school and picks her up every day. Amodhini has really brought happiness to our house.
Hope you have overwhelmed by this heart warming story as much as we have in CSA. Please keep contributing to our cause so that we can keep bringing to you many more such stories by addressing Child Right through Child Adoption and Orphan care.
With Thanks and Regards,
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