Catalysts for Social Action

We work towards holistic care and optimum rehabilitation outcomes for every orphaned child. We promote, support, advocate and act as Catalysts to achieve these objectives. We are an unstoppable force inspiring and channelizing action to bring about sustainable social change.
Feb 28, 2014

Life Changing movement.....

4 Months Netra got a family....
4 Months Netra got a family....

Adoption is a beautiful, life transforming experience. It is a blessing for the child and parents and unfolds joys which know no bounds! Each adoption story is special, memorable, full of hope and anticipation and a triumphant moment for the entire family! We are committed to our Vision 'Every Child Matters!' and are constantly working towards finding a loving and nurturing home for every orphaned child. Presenting successful adoption case facilitated by CSA. Rajesh Duraiswamy and Subhashini adopted 4 months old female baby Netra.

We got in touch with Catalysts for Social Action and when we learnt of the goals and motives of CSA, we were convinced that this was the right beginning for our adoption process.

Soon after our registration at CSA, we were referred to an adoption agency in the deeper pockets of Maharashtra. By then, we had learnt of CSA’s ground-level support and involvement with certain identified adoption centres so as to assist in its infrastructure building and day-to-day running. We were also aware of CSA’s strategic vision to enable adoptive families in the cities to adopt a child from adoption centres away from the cities that had children to place on adoption – this was such a brilliant concept and we like so many other parents, were delighted to pursue this option. CSA had already intimated us that the paper-work for the registration with the specified agency would need to be done to the satisfaction of that agency. We were also keen of providing complete documents. It is in such instances that CSA proved to be of able assistance – Lucy Matthews of CSA was always, always available to answer our queries. Through our adoption process, we have turned to Lucy several times, for clarity or for an assurance and without ever stepping out the framework in which CSA operates, Lucy has responded to us unfailingly. As most adoptive parents reading this would understand, our most frequent question was when we would be ever called to ‘meet’ the baby. Lucy would sense our impatience and understand how agonising it is to wait for a child, without a definite timeframe.

CSA earns fullest marks for being sensitive to the emotions of a parent, without overstretching itself with false assurances on matters beyond its reach. It was only much later, in our interactions with the adoption agency that we learnt of how regularly CSA had followed up on our registration. It is easy now – with our little girl by our side – to reduce the year or so that went from registration to the actual arrival of our baby into 4 short words - ‘a long, uncertain wait’ but we know how emotional that journey can be. Letting our mind roll back only a few months ago, we understand the state of parents who are overwhelmed by their expectations of their child’s arrival, who have put several decisions in life on hold for this life-changing moment but are practically clueless on All our doubts and questions vanished on that fine day, when we finally received the call to meet our baby. Again, CSA helped us immensely, advising us on what to expect. It is through CSA that we spoke to other families who have adopted from the same agency and benefited from their generous help and valuable inputs. The actual visit which involved meeting the child and its caretakers, reviewing the medical file and also meeting a doctor for a physical examination of the child was simple and uncomplicated – however, our interaction with CSA and other adoptive parents who had also adopted with CSA’s assistance gave us great comfort and foresight on one of the most important days of our life. Completing justifying our reliance on CSA to guide us to the right agency, we were gratified to find that the agency we visited was well-managed and well-administered and we have only positive feedback on our experience with them.

Future of the baby  is in safe hands now
Future of the baby is in safe hands now
Dec 4, 2013

HYGIENE AWARENESS - In The Spotlight!

hygine kits given to orphan children
hygine kits given to orphan children

Hygiene Awareness Sessions were conducted across the board based on outcomes from health check up camps that were conducted earlier. Many children had dental issues and skin problems which the doctors narrowed down to hygiene issues. Based on this feedback, CSA conducted awareness sessions on good overall hygiene and dental care practices by giving the children a hygiene presentation and showing them a video on dental care.  More than 1600+ children have benefitted from this exercise

In addition, besides educating children on overall hygiene and oral care, CSA also provided Hygiene Kits to all children [comprising of tooth paste, tooth brush, bathing soap, washing soap]. Provision of hygiene kits will ensure that children are equipped to follow through on the awareness trainings they have received & can make a permanent lifestyle change. At most locations, Children's Committee members distributed articles to children and the Health minister will monitor the supplies along with the caretaker of the institution on a regular basis

Global Hand washing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. It takes place on 15th October each year. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of hand washing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention. The campaign was initiated to reduce childhood mortality rates related to respiratory and diarrheal diseases by introducing simple behavioral changes - hand washing with soap. This simple, accessible action can, according to research, reduce the rate of mortality from these diseases by almost 50 percent. Hand washing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Together, they are responsible for majority of all child deaths. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, hand washing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote. Turning hand washing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention.

Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. Global Hand washing is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals. CSA too celebrated Hand Washing Day in all orphanages that we partner with and over 1600+ children were shown an audio video clipping & demonstration on how and when to wash hands with soap, with an aim to inculcating a behavioral change and improving overall health & hygiene

Global Hand Washing day awareness Program
Global Hand Washing day awareness Program

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Dec 4, 2013

Increase in number of batches...

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
support.

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 !!!!

 
   

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