Feb 28, 2019

Pre-Adoption Workshop - Adoption of Older Children

“There are no unwanted children. Just unfound families.”

Child adoption is seen as an increasing trend in India and across the world. Most adoptions are either because the parents are not able to have their own kids or because they want to support and give a new lease of life to a child who has been left alone in the world. Earlier considered a taboo in India, adoption is now considered and spoken about freely in the Indian society.

Adopting an older child in India has unique challenges, needs and rewards.  A well-prepared family can help the adoptee feel embraced and supported. 

There are now more instances of older children adoptions in India. However, adoption in India is by itself an experience, with adoptive parents having to navigate many minefields and mentalities.  In this, an adoptive parent with an older child has different challenges.

As an organisation dedicated towards promoting adoptions in India, we had the unique opportunity of addressing a few couples who have been undergoing fertility treatment at a hospital in Pune, India. We were invited by the in-house doctors to conduct an Adoption awareness workshop with these potential parents.

Close to 50 participants were present and we spoke about adoption process in general & specifically focused on providing these parents with information on adopting older children & children with special needs.

We received appreciation & adoption enquiries from many participants present at the workshop. We will continue to engage with them & hope to have some of them convert into adoptive parents!

Feb 28, 2019

Inching Closer Towards My Biggest Dream!

Lucky at a CSA donor meet sharing his life story
Lucky at a CSA donor meet sharing his life story

After extensive efforts in expanding the scale of our programs across Child Care Institutions (CCIs) in India, CSA made the decision to make a foray into Aftercare, which is, providing support to children after they move out of the CCI’s at the age of 18 and help them face the real world.

There is no greater satisfaction than seeing so many of these talented, deserving children find their passion & get a foothold into making a career for themselves! One adolescent recounts his journey –

Lucky

I was 14 years old when I was enrolled in a Child Care Institute (CCI). With very limited resources, I understood the importance of education and money at a very early age. I scored 70% in my Higher Secondary (12th grade) examination and there was still a long way to fulfill my dream of being a Chartered Accountant. With CSA’s help, I enrolled for an office administrator course at ICICI Skills Academy in Mumbai which helped me secure a job. I am now pursuing my Bachelors in Accounts & Finance from Mumbai Open University while continuing to work. I feel more confident now since I am able to take care of my daily expenses. Every day, I feel I am inching closer towards my biggest dream and that keeps me going!

* Name changed to protect identity of the child

Feb 7, 2019

Menstrual Hygiene Awareness

Menstrual Hygiene Kit Distribution
Menstrual Hygiene Kit Distribution

Menstruation and menstrual practices are still clouded by various taboos and social-cultural restrictions resulting in adolescent girls remaining ignorant of the scientific facts and hygienic health practices, which sometimes result into adverse health outcomes.

Adolescent girls constitute a vulnerable group, particularly in India where the female child is often neglected. Menstruation is still regarded as something unclean or dirty in Indian society. The reaction to menstruation depends upon awareness and knowledge about the subject. Although menstruation is a natural process, it is linked with several misconceptions and practices.

With an objective to provide critical information & knowledge regarding menstrual hygiene and safe practices, we conduct several workshops & awareness sessions for adolescent girls residing at orphanages / child care institutions in some rural parts of India.

Recently, sanitary napkins were distributed to 140 girls from different child care institutions in locations Katni, Chindwara, Indore, Ujjain & Khandwa within the state of Madhya Pradesh.

We have also carried out various orientation and awareness sessions around menstrual hygiene on different topics such as -

1. Basic menstrual hygiene

2. Safe disposal of sanitary napkins

3. Dealing with menstrual cramps

4. Importance and use of sanitary napkins

5. Adolescent health program which covers important information on bodily changes and dealing with these

 

Our staff at other locations in different states of India are also running similar programs with girls at other child care institutions.

We see that girls are opening up, discussing their personal hygiene issues with doctors, making an effort to maintain personal hygiene which is helping them overcome hygiene related issues such as rashes, itches. Most importantly, girls are very happy to be able to use sanitary napkins as they step out to go to school with confidence!

Delighted and their Smiles say so!
Delighted and their Smiles say so!
 
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