Provide a 3 months voc. course to orphan girls

Tailoring class batch
Tailoring class batch

Vishakha (name Changed) was bought to the observation home for Girls Pune at the age of 14 yrs. She was found by the railway police on Pune railway station all alone crying. She was very frightened and scared when the police started asking her questions. She refused to give any answer. As a matter of safety she was enrolled in Observation home for girls. She used to be very shy and quite. May be wondering what is going to happen with her?
Catalysts for social Action (CSA) had taken up the activity to run tailoring class at this Child care institute for the girls especially for those who are school drop outs. Her stay in Observation home for girls and session with psychologists revealed that she has left her schooling after 5th Grade (4 yrs back) After that she never tried to read and write. Since she could not do well in her formal schooling she was sent to attend the tailoring class run by CSA. But there too she could not do well as it was difficult for her to understand to take the measurements and do proper cutting. The instructor of the tailoring class then has to teach her the ruler first and then some basic calculations. Vishakha fund this very boring and so difficult that she started missing the class and whenever she used to attend she used to pay less attention.
Tailoring instructor then changed her policy and started doing cutting of clothes for Vishakha and asked her to just stitch cuttings done by the instructor. Vishakha was very happy as she could run the sewing machine and finish the task before other girls do it. Other girls used to spend time for learning cutting and then start stitching whereas in Vishakha's case whatever used to come to her she used to just run the sewing machine over it. After few days the instructor made her realized that only stitching faster than then others will not help her to make her own dress independently as the other girls were doing.
Vishakha took the challenge as she had experienced the joy of finishing the task before others, she wanted to overcome the lacuna and be the expert. She now showed her interest and spends extra time with the instructor. This made her expert and confident that she started stitching clothes even after the class is over. She stitched frocks to all the younger girls in the Home. Meanwhile her interaction with Child Welfare committee and Staff from children home made the police officials to find her parents. Her parents are informed and very soon they are going to come to take her back. But Vishakha wants to stay few more days in the children’s home so that she completes her course. She is confident that sfter going back to the small town to which she belongs, she will start tailoring of her own and will be a helping hand for her poor parents.
Vishakha admits that this course of 3 months, surly is the turning point in her life……

Girls are learning
Girls are learning


Girls at Tailoring class
Girls at Tailoring class

Being in a social work profession I often listen to stories of the inmate who come and stay in children's Home. Especially young girls aged 16 to 18 have confessed that they want to share their feelings and talk to someone….. Whenever possible I like to spare time talking with them.

Last week I met Riya name changed (17 yrs. ) old girl, I tried talking to her and came to know that she has very calm and quite personality with big expressive eyes. She came in the children home 9 months back. Her brother fell down when she was babysitting him. She was brutally bitten by her father, which led her to launch complain in police station and Police brought her to the children's home in Mumbai. She was horrified with what had happen with her, new atmosphere new people made her shyer and introvert moreover her relatives made her realize that what she did was very wrong. Being a girl of this family she should have thought about the family more than herself. I made her understand that she has full right to raise her voice against any atrocity in her life.

She has nothing to do after coming to shildren's home, as she had left her schooling 4 yrs. back. Now the only hope in her life was the tailoring class which is started by CSA in this Home. She attends this class regularly and even does the practice after the class is over. She has done with the basic course of 3 months and now is doing Advance course of tailoring. Simultaneously she is also learning hand embroidery skills.She strted enjoing this creative work and also could mix with other inmates.

To be self reliant is her dream now and so she doesn’t want to go back to her home. Looking at the performance of the girls enrolled for tailoring class, CSA have decided to enroll 5 such a girls for Fashion Designing course. Riya is one of such a girl. This is again an encouragement for other girls to do well and a proud feeling for CSA that their small effort is a life changing incident for the girls like Riya.

Tailoring class instructor helping them
Tailoring class instructor helping them
Frocks are ready
Frocks are ready


Established in September 2002, Catalyst for Social Action (CSA) is a Not-For-Profit organisation dedicated to the cause of child welfare and adoptions. CSA works as a “catalyst” focusing on a holistic approach to child care and optimal rehabilitation outcome for orphaned children in the following domains -
Transforming lives of orphan children via initiatives ranging from providing
education and training, health and hygiene plans, nutritious meals and overall
well being
Promoting and facilitating adoptions wherever possible
In the area of enabling holistic care of children, we support a number of child care organisations in the areas of Nutrition, Hygiene, & Health, Education & Vocational skills, Infrastructure support and Recreation activities. We have made and continue to make a valuable difference to 1600+ children across 48 homes in 4 states that we

In Mahaashtra we came across with the issue of School drop out girls who are enrolled in the home and has nothing to do. As the matter of security going out of the institution for education was not possible. So we continued doing tailoring class batches as to give them some skills to sustain in their life and become self sufficient. Till now with the valuable help from the donor like you we could complete 8 batches of tairloring class with approximately 15 beneficiaries in 1 class. Thank you and keep supporting !!!!

Tailoring class at Bhivandi
Tailoring class at Bhivandi

CSA has been working with the Observation Home for  Girls at Bhivandi for sometime now. Most of the children come to the Observation home following issues related to conflicts with the law. As a result, many are depressed, suffer from other clinical disorders and harbor destructive thoughts towards themselves and others around.

These  girls fall in the 12 to 18 years age group. At the Observation home, they are provided with basic amenities, food and shelter. Many are school drop outs but some basic education is provided, however, after turning 18, what's in store for them? How will they become independent members of society capable of supporting themselves for the future? How will they turn self-reliant?

With a view to helping these  and girls stand on their own feet, CSA commenced a Basic Tailoring unit with the help of Jan Shikshan Sanstha in the month of December 2012 for some of the female inmates. They learned how to take measurements, cut fabric and basic stitching techniques in 3 months. Thereafter, all the girls were admitted to an advance level of Dress making course. They have now stitched their own outfits and also stitched bags for younger school going kids from the same home. On observing their dedication and level of improvement, CSA decided to start a Hand Embroidery course too.

The girls are devoted and passionate towards these courses and display a great level of creativity in whatever task they take up. Needless to state, their confidence levels have risen, their smiles have deepened - giving them a renewed identity and purpose of life.....and now, it can be truly said of them - they are on their way to self-reliance!

tailoring class at Bhivandi
tailoring class at Bhivandi

The Observation Home for girls located at Bhivandi, near Mumbai. there are arround 50 girls living in this orphnage. State government is providing grant @ of Rs. 635/- per child per month. This amount is very insufficient to meet the medical, educational and maintenance expenses of the children. When CSA heard about the insufficient grant and the struggle of the NGO to raise funds to meet the needs of the children, we decided to help them for Vocational Training.

CSA is running Tailoring Course at Observation Home girls, Bhivandi. These girls come from very different back grounds and different states. Sometimes they don’t even know how to write and read. Sangita is from very poor family and she studied up to 3rd std still she learned measurements and stitched caps for babies, baby frock and baby shirts. She is performing well. We have a plan to give advance course to her if she gets good marks in Basic Tailoring exam. This can be an opportunity for Sangita to earn in future and stand on her own feet. CSA made arrangement for tailoring machines, material for practice and all other needful equipment, thread, needle etc.This was not possible without your support.

We express our sincere thanks for your kind and generous funds. We also thank you for enabling CSA to help needy and under privileged children. 

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Bharati Dasgupta

Pune 411037, Maharashtra India India

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