April-May are the summer vacation months in India-that time of the year, when all children are expected to relax, have fun and generally enjoy themselves. Those that live in hostels rush home for the vacation. Institutionalized children in Government Observation Homes and Orphanages are different; not all of them have a home to go to! And so they stay back waiting for each dreary day and the vacations to end.
We at CSA attempt to bring a little cheer into their lives by organizing fun events in their respective institutions. Aware that most of those children miss out on the basic joys of life like savoring the fruit of the season, we used “seasonal fruit’ as the theme for our summer events. We organised ‘water melon get together’ at 4 orphanages covering approximately 250 children in Pune and Orissa.
In addition to enjoying the fruit, the celebrations included dance and merriment, nurturing hobbies such as mask-making with paper dishes, by-lane cricket and health sessions!
Observation Home for girls is the Destitute Home from Pune, Maharashtra, India which shelters around 100 girls from different background. Poverty stricken parents admit there wards in this institute for education. Apart from this single parent’s children, total orphans, girls with conflict with law or the girls found from immoral traffic are also taken care of. The Government receives grant from State Government which is very in sufficient. Therefore they are depended upon the external donations. CSA has been the most important helping hand for this organization.
While working with this destitute home CSA noticed that some of the elder girls are not much interested in education. There is nothing to do for these girls for whole day. They are restricted to go outside the campus for security purpose. Even the school in premises is only up to 7th standard. So CSA took initiative to start with the Tailoring unit for 20 girls. This was a 6 monthly course which helped girls learn the basics to the Full length dresses. Girls enjoyed their time learning new skills. Their creativity was also encouraged as they started thinking of new and innovative ideas. During Diwali Festival these girls came up with challenge of saying that if they are provided with the cloth they are ready to stitch new festival dress to all the inmates. Accordingly CSA provided the cloth for the girls to stitch new dress to all the girls residing in the organization. They successfully completed the task and all the girls wore new cloths on the day of Diwali. They were very happy as usually they get only the old and used clothes received from the donors. This skill will certainly help them becoming self reliant once they are out of this organization.
The sewing machine repairs, raw material, instructor for tailoring etc. are provided by CSA. Recently all the inmates are awarded with the certificate issued from the Human Resource Ministry from state of Maharashtra. After getting good response from the 1st batch, we have started with second batch of another 15 girls for the same 6 monthly course.
CSA would like to Thank You for enabling us to help the destitute girls to help themselves.
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.
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