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Jan 21, 2020

Project Update - January 2020

Pile Capping work 1
Pile Capping work 1

Dear Benefactor,

Thank you for your patience. Glad to share that since our last report, we have successfully completed the pile foundation or deep foundation stage of construction. Today we complete the next phase known as “pile capping”. Tomorrow, construction commences on the basement, followed by the first roofing, all of which will be complete within the next 45 days. We will share those pictures with you in the next report.

We are extremely excited about these developments. Trusting providence and continuing to knock on doors each day, we are grateful for every contribution coming our way to help get this new facility up, so that more abandoned children can be rescued.

Apparently we haven’t shared construction cost information with you before. Our apologies.

Here’s a quick view of the scale of this project.

We had first planned a 10,000 sq.ft. building but the Government subsequently revised the Floor Space Index (FSI), which resulted in increased floor space for construction. We are now able to build a ground floor (stilt structure) and first and second floors, increasing our building area to 13,168 sq.ft. This new ‘residential cum rehabilitation’ facility is designed to accommodate 100+ more children than we have today (115 currently residing at separate facilities for girls and boys). The new home will have its own medical center, physiotherapy and special education rooms, a large vocational training center, dormitories, restrooms, a centralized kitchen/pantry and dining room, therapeutic garden spaces, and progressive rehabilitative therapy spaces such as hydrotherapy units and specially constructed play units.  

The construction cost alone amounts to INR 3,29,20,000/- (Rupees three crores, twenty nine lakhs and twenty thousand) i.e. around USD 463,155/- In addition, we need to furnish the home with special rehabilitation equipment. We are speaking to donors to consider sponsoring the construction of rooms or to even consider sponsoring a square foot at a time! The options are endless. [We've attached a table highlighting cost of construction for children's rooms. These areas are up for direct sponsorship. Other sections such as the administrative wing, stores, laundry, ramps, lifts and other important spaces have not been included.] Do share the word with your family and friends. Any help will be much appreciated!

In the meanwhile, rescue and rehabilitation work continues at Sri Arunodayam. With our existing infrastructure it’s a bit of a squeeze but we cannot turn children away – children like three-year old Vaishnavi who came to our door last week. Vaishnavi was abandoned by her 54-year-old mother who has borderline personality disorder. The mother herself appears to have been abandoned and is currently receiving treatment at a separate home. The Child Welfare Committee insists that Vaishnavi remain with us as she has severe acute malnutrition, weighing a mere 4 kilos! Here’s a picture of her all bathed, refreshed, fed, and basking in the attention she’s receiving since she got here!

More updates soon!

Pile capping work2
Pile capping work2
Construction Cost for Specific Rooms
Construction Cost for Specific Rooms
New entrant - Vaishnavi
New entrant - Vaishnavi

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Nov 25, 2019

Banu's Story

Banu at her sewing machine
Banu at her sewing machine

Banu was just 3½ years old when she was abandoned with 1½ year old baby sister, Fatima, at a railway station in Villupuram, Tamil Nadu. The sisters were rescued by the Railway police. When traced, their parents refused to accept them, and so began their journey from home to home until they came to us via a CWC order in July 2017, when they were 13 and 11 respectively.

Banu’s IQ was documented as being below average (72). She was restless, moody, aggressive, and showed signs of extreme stress. Banu had a lot of behavioural issues. She was also emotionally unstable with a poor sense of identity.

Today, she is 15 years old, and the rehabilitation therapies that were customized for her are now beginning to show results. Receiving a nutritious diet (she has come of age recently), special education, and psychological/psychiatric care, Banu has shown immense all-round improvement. She appears healthy and vibrant (as you can see in her picture). She is beginning to find her own identity and sense of worth, which could probably be a key reason for her radical change into a fairly happy and motivated person. Placed in our vocational tailoring program, Banu has learnt to sew and embroider clothing. She can stitch blouses and shows signs of becoming a good seamstress. When she reaches 18, we plan to provide her local community-based employment under supervision, until she develops the confidence to function independently.

Oct 21, 2019

Our project is back on track!

We have great news for you - our project is back on track! 

In past reports you would have read how difficult the government and local authorities made it for us that we were considering closing our project page (not the project of course!). Our guiding principles do not allow us to indulge in the prevailing immoral practice of bribing, and this uncompromising stand has had its repercussions. After a year’s delay, the project finally commenced with the laying of the pile foundation on August 28, 2019.

As this new home will be situated on the shore of a small lake, pile foundations or deep foundations are absolutely critical. 74 large columns made from steel and reinforced concrete have already been laid since August 28. Construction is temporarily on hold due to heavy monsoon rains, but will continue by month-end where pile cap beams will be laid over the 74 columns (capping beams are steel and concrete beams that tie all the piling together to reinforce the entire structure, as designed to our engineer’s specs.)

Here are a few pictures of construction work on the site. Now that things are back on track, we will keep you posted through regular reports with photographic evidence.

Our sincere thanks to all who contributed already to this project. Be assured that every penny has been utilized towards getting this up and running. Thank you for believing in us. Do share this information with your family and friends, and help us get more vulnerable orphaned children off our dangerous streets! As our partner in this project, you have a wonderful opportunity to become a foster parent to 100 little orphaned girls with intellectual disability, leaving your lasting legacy of love for all time!

Watch this space for more.

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