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Dec 19, 2019

Sunlight - A home for Suraj

Suraj during his therapy with Superintendant
Suraj during his therapy with Superintendant

 Dear Friends, 

Seasons Greetings to you from Bal Asha!

Children who are found abandoned at different public places are at immediate risk.  Bal Asha Trust takes shelter to rescued children on high priority.  

One such late evening police officials on duty at Mumbai's busiest railway stations noticed a little boy alone on the platform.  They reached out to him and looked around but did not find any adult with the child.  On inquiring at nearby food stalls, they came to know no one had ever seen the boy.   They even asked the child, but he did not say a word. 

They immediately took the child in their safety and took him to the hospital for a checkup.  They called up Bal Asha Trust so that the child could be in the safe place to stay till the child welfare authorities could take a decision. 

They named the boy Suraj, aged 3 years.   Suraj accompanied with the officials came to Bal Asha.  The superintendent of the home noticed that he did not have proper clothes on him and without footwear.  He was scared, hungry and tired.  

The first thing she did was to hold Suraj’s hand gently and told him not to be afraid, we will take good care of him and that he is safe here.   She took Suraj inside the Bal Asha home.   She quickly arranged for Suraj a warm water bath, fresh meal and a nice comfortable bed to sleep.   A caretaker was arranged to be near his bed, so he won’t be scared in the night.  Suraj feeling safe and secure had sound sleep.

Next morning when Suraj woke up.  He was introduced to all the children.  All the children made him feel relaxed.  It was a delight to see in the next few hours, he was playing with all the other children.  The team observed that he only indicates by gestures towards food or made actions of eating food. He looked malnourished and the team felt that he was deprived of food. 

First day the team must take care of few important tasks.  Medicals of Suraj within 24 hours of his admission.   The team ensured to get his complete medical checkup. During the checkup it was found that he had scabies (contagious skin disease).  The doctor advised required treatment and diet. One important question the para medicals asked the doctors, that he did not speak a word since his admission.  He explains everything in actions and smiles.  The doctor checked and informed that he does not seem to have a speech or hearing abnormality.  He will benefit from speech therapy.  

Bal Asha has a visiting speech therapist for children.  Suraj’s speech therapy and sound therapy was started by the therapist. he was tested for his hearing capacities.

Today, Suraj is is a confident happy boy.  He has started saying few words and actively participates in activities with other children.   He is well aware of his daily routine. He is happy little boy who wants to greet everyone with a  amazing smile who enters the room.  The team is very happy with his progress and is looking forward to enrolling him in a school which will greatly benefit his progress.

We thank you for all you support to Bal Asha so that we can take good care of children with us.

Recently you might have received communication from GlobalGiving (GG) with regards to difficulty in sending funds to Indian banked organizations.  GG is working hard to resolve the situation and soon we will have a solution.  We in the meantime request you to please continue your support to our project.

Wishing you A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Thank you

ps: Name of children are changed to protect identity. 

Sep 17, 2019

Chandani - Towards Light

Bal Asha Team
Bal Asha Team

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Bal Asha Trust!

Bal Asha Trust team has always worked in the best interest of children. We are ready to face hardships ourselves if it will help in providing the child with a better future in his or  her own family.     We are very happy to share that we succeeded in finding a happy and safe family for an older child. 

Little Chandani was found in 2014 when she was barely 4 years old.  She was found in a remote corner in North India.  She lived in a children’s home for three years, till the authorities there realized that she did not belong to that region.   

During a chance conversation, she mentioned the name “Victoria Terminus Railway Station” a well-known location in Mumbai.  They immediately transferred the child to an institution in Mumbai.

Bal Asha Trust provides support to few children’s home in Mumbai.    The social worker of the institution where Chandani lived asked a Bal Asha social worker for help.   Bal Asha Team decided to take the child under its wings as we are experienced in handling such sensitive cases.

Our team made intensive efforts to find and identify her biological parents or any relatives with the help of the Police, media and another NGO but sadly, no information was received regarding her biological guardians. Almost 6 months had passed before she was legally declared “Free for Adoption”.

Through the concerted efforts of Bal Asha team and their dedication, the now 8 years old child got adopted by a beautiful and well settled family. Today, she lives happily with her family and is moving ahead in life on a positive note.

We thank each one of you for your support to Bal Asha so we can work together towards a better future every day for our children.   Please continue to support us.

Thanks and regards,

Sunil Arora

Executive Director

PS: Identifying information is changed to protect the child’s identity.

Jun 19, 2019

A Summer to remember!

Visit to Museum
Visit to Museum

The months of summer bring about some of the happiest times in a child’s life – their summer vacations! These two months of excitement and joviality have a massive impact on a child’s life, since it helps them break off from their monotonous school routine and helps them to explore different sides of their personality and enhance their creative skills by engaging in a whole melange of activities.

This is exactly how the kids at Bal Asha Trust spent their summer vacation, by getting involved in a variety of activities held as a part of the Summer Fiesta, which are not only meant for the kids to enjoy but also to help the develop their creative abilities.

The months of April and May were filled with a variety of different activities for the children, ranging from drawing, painting, pottery and clay modelling. The kids experimented with different forms of crafts, such as origami and doll making, hence creating exceptional pieces of art.

For the kids to gain exposure to the outside world, many outdoor trips had been arranged for the them. One such trip was to the Magazine Street Kitchen, where the kids gained an insight into the working of a professional kitchen and the amount of hard work it takes to put a lip- smacking dish on our plates later that week they visited a village themed restaurant for lunch.  The kids also visited the Zoo and the Prince of Wales Museum, which took the kids on a trip through time, as they were furnished with knowledge about our ancient country’s past, and that of other countries too. The kids also paid a visit to the Kidzania playpark, where the kids enjoyed playing the roles of actual professionals in a variety of fields and it helped them realise how the adult world works.

In honour of the recent coronation of the King of Thailand, the Thai general Consul of India visited Bal Asha Trust and donated many things which are necessary for taking care of our children. He spent time with the children and applauded the work which is being done here for the past 33 years.  

The kids not only enjoyed these activities, but also learnt important lessons which will surely help them in later stages of life. This summer fiesta was enjoyed not only by the children but also by the Bal Asha staff, since they too accompanied kids on their outdoor adventures and assisted them in their indoor activities, thus establishing a strong bond between the adults and the kids.  

We had many corporates, such as the Morgan Stanley Group, the Union Bank, DHL, the Giants Group and  the Asian Teachers Association volunteer with Bal Asha and assist the kids in their activities and accompany them on their trips.  The whole Bal Asha team and a wide range of volunteers who have assisted us in every step of this Summer Fiesta are the family of these kids while they are in Bal Asha Trust.

Now, the summer season has passed and schools have reopened. All these trips and activities have been funded by donations of patrons such as yourself. This Grand Summer Fiesta would not have been possible without the patronage of our large-hearted donors.

We politely urge you to donate to Bal Asha so that we continue to serve our mission of providing these wonderful children with care and nourishment.

Thank you!

Hand Painting Activity
Hand Painting Activity
Volunteers helping the children
Volunteers helping the children
Yoga
Yoga
Visit to Restaurant
Visit to Restaurant
 
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