new beginning; new life
Thanks to your support, our Snehankur adoption center has been helping abandoned children and their mothers for the last 15 years. Our support goes beyond the safe birth of the babies as we counsel and support mothers to take their rightful place in society, with or without their babies. We never know what each new day will bring, facing a range of challenges while rescuing and rehabilitating innocent infants and / or young mothers.
With the start of the monsoon season here, they say without rain nothing grows, it marks the beginning of new life as so it is with our Snehankur beneficiaries; they too are bringing in new lives. To begin with we would like share the story of our beneficiary, Shilpa.
She was a minor (below the age of 18) who was pregnant and came into contact with our Childline and Snehankur teams when doctors told us about her after she visited the hospital for her pregnancy. Our teams rushed to help her at her home town, Rajur. After having a talk with her and family they came to the conclusion that she had been sexually abused and raped. Both our legal (police investigations) and medical teams decided to help her out. Exhausted mentally and physically with this situation she went into labour and delivered a baby girl. Due to her critical health she and the baby were moved to Sasoon Hospital, Pune. Unfortunately, her baby girl did not survive. Our teams knew that she was in need of special care after such incident and we were pleased when the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) puther in our ptotection and she is ow living with us at Snehalaya, where we can give her the care and support we believe that will help her find her new beginning.
They say you need to go through rains to see the rainbow. We are helping girls like Ashwini to see through the clouds to the rainbow, which brings new color into their life. One Diwali night, our phone rang with a call from Ashti Rural Hospital, where a woman just delivered a baby girl. The woman did not want this baby and was ready to give her up so our teams sped to the hospital and completed all the formalities and then rushed the baby girl to the district hospital as she looked very pale. At the hospital they found out that she was HIV+ and so was the mother, which is why she chose to giver her up. The doctors started her HIV treatment as soon as possible. Our Snehankur team tried to counsel the mother and offered the support for her to keep her child, but she was determined and legally relinquished the baby to Snehalaya. After 18 months of care and love, Ashwini had developed better health and the best news - her blood reports showed that the medication her mother had taken before her birth meant she was now HIV negative.
Our healthy baby girl was free for adoption and listed on the government agency, CARA's website. Unfortunately due to stigmas and lack of knowledge about HIV, she was rejected by Indian adoptive parents. She was sheltered at Snehankur till she was adopted by a US-based couple. Ashwini has now travelled to America and started her New LIFE.
Both were baby girls, one could start her new life and other couldn’t even open her eyes to see the world. We are sad to report that this is all too common and a girl’s life here in India is full of hardship, right from birth. Until we can change the mindset of people to improve sexual equality and society at large, we will continue to provide our support and Snehankur will stand firm to offer help whenever needed.
We couldn’t do it without your support. We would like to take this moment to thank you for supporting us to help girls, women and their innocent babies to help start ANEW.