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Oct 19, 2020

Courageous Start

Hello everyone!  Hope you are in good health!!

As the world stills struggles with the effects of COVID-19 virus.   All of us are doing our best to keep every one around us safe.   We at Bal Asha have reworked our routine life to fit in to the NEW NORMAL.   We had to make a COURAGEOUS START because we need to do our best and continue doing what we do – provide rehabilitation to abandoned and destitute children and work for the welfare of the under privileged families, all while ensuring the safety of our children and staff.

NEW ADMISSIONS

5 children have been placed in our care by the authorities.   Four of these children were  placed in different organization a year ago, but no progress was seen.  Thus, showing trust in our work and capabilities we have been given the responsibility with the future rehabilitation of these children.

FESTIVALS CELEBRATED 

India is a country which celebrates many festivals, and we at Bal Asha love to celebrate them with our children.  We celebrated Raksha Bandhan – a day dedicated to the eternal bond of brother and sister.   We also celebrated Gokul Ashtami, Ganesha and the Indian Independence Day.

UPDATES – CHILDREN’S HOME

Few of the children required urgent medical attention to monitor their health progress,  so we have started visiting hospitals to carry out these tests.   All the precautions were taken while these tests were carried out.  The hospitals staff was kind enough to assist us through out the process to ensure that the tests are carried out without any hassles and on time.

Our employees are resuming their work and we are happy to have our full team back.  This is a necessary step, as the frequency of the children’ online classes and therapy sessions have increased and we need more staff members to monitor and guide them.

We ensure that the employees are in good health and fit to start working again.   With the return of the staff members, the children feel a sense of normalcy and that everything is getting back to normal.   

35  Years of our Service 

We completed 35 yaers of work for children.  In these years we have supported more than 4000 children.  

We thank all our GlobalGiving Donors for their donations!

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Jun 23, 2020

The New Normal

Dear Friends,

Greetings!

Hope this letter finds you well.  

Everyone is doing well at Bal Asha.  As shared in our previous reports, we now have two teams who come and stay with us for 15 days in a row to take care of children.   

We have started connecting our children to our pschologist through online counselling sessions so that the children can share their feelings.  The pandemic has delayed a lot of plans. A child was supposed to be united with her biological father and another child has found his forever Adoptive family, but they cannot travel and reach their respective families due to travel restrictions.

We have started online educational classes with our inhouse teacher for the children.  The children and team are now used to a fixed routine.  Our  online dependence revealed the need of more laptops, so the team members were kind enough to bring in their personal laptops for the children to use.   

The supply chain of vegetables, groceries and medicines is now near normal.   We are regularly disinfecting the premises with the support of local municipal authorities. Our team member, Swaroopa gave the children stylish haircuts. We had never imagined that this will be the new normal, but these times have taught us many new lessons. 

We would like to share with you two videos  One is regarding  the precautions we take before the child care team joins us and second is of the surrondings of the  Bal Asha Children home. 

Safety & Precuations for the Bal Asha Kids: Click Here

Bal Asha Surrondings: Click Here

Please do continue your valuable support and share about Bal Asha with friends and families.  We thank you for your support and well wishes.  

Regards,

Sunil Arora

May 1, 2020

Life Under Lockdown

Dear Friends, 

Greetings from Mumbai, India!

Everyone at Bal Asha is safe and sound, with the quarantine in effect. Currently, we have around 15 staff members who have stayed within the premises of Bal Asha to ensure that the children are not deprived of the love and care provided by the caretakers and to ensure that the children feel much safer. A few of our staff members were required at their homes due to some family commitments, so they returned to their residences. In these tough times where resources are scarce, we also face difficulties in procuring groceries and vegetables but we are in touch with many vendors who understand that we run a home with around 50 people, a majority of them being children, so they try their best to deliver us the rations as soon as possible. We have supply of essentials like medicines, masks and sanitizers to last us a few weeks.

Also, The Maharashtra Times published an article on us and all the ladies who have chosen to stay with the Bal Asha kids rather than stay at home with their families.

Excerpts from the Article:- “The areas of Worli, Mahalaxmi, Jijamata Nagar and Mahim in Mumbai have emerged as hotspots for the spread of Corona virus. Even during these tense situations, the caretakers of Bal Asha Trust chose to be with the children living within the home. They love the children and are really attached to them.

These wonderful women choose their responsibility towards the children at Bal Asha over their familial responsibilities, their children and elders. Their view is that their family members can take of children at home, but it is only them who can take care of the children at Bal Asha”.

We are trying our best to support children living in communities too.  Kellongs donated packs to Bal Asha and we were very happy to share them with organizations working for senior citizens and children in the red light area of Mumbai.

We continue to work hard to protect our chidlren in these times.  Please keep safe.  Do share about our project with your freinds and families.

Thanks and Regards,

Sunil

 

 
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