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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

 

Apr 13, 2020

Update from Mumbai, India

Bal Asha Warriors
Bal Asha Warriors

Dear Friend,

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe.  The world is facing a pandemic and none of us have ever faced this situation.  

We are currently under lockdown, in order to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus.  Bal Asha and all its employees have also been severely affected by difficulties faced by everyone around us.  Simple things like buying vegetables, groceries, milk or getting medicines have come difficult. 

Our topmost priority is keeping our children in Bal Asha safe.  We have 36 children today. We have formed a team of 20 caretakers and paramedicals who now stay 24 X 7 at the premises to take care of the children and to ensure that they feel safe and comforted in these tough times.

In order to keep the children busy, we organised several activities, so that our kids feel safer.  We have started online activities with our psychologist and the children's school. Children who were supposed to reach their Adoptive Homes and could not due to lockdown are regularly encouraged to talk to their Adoptive Parents through video calls. 

We have stocked ourselves with reasonable rations to ensure that we have enough food to feed all the children and staff members living within the premises. Donors are in touch and helping us out whenever we are low on stock.

Our social workers who are at home are calling our beneficiaries in the community to create awareness on COVID 19 and making them feel secure in these difficult times.  

We are gearing up to take steps to aid children and families affected by the COVID crisis.   We will need your support to help us take care of children and families both in Bal Asha home and within our community.  We can together ensure that this generation wins this battle.   

I urge you to make a donation today.

Thanks and Regards,

Sunil Arora

Executive Director

 
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