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Mar 17, 2020

A short update from Bal Asha - March 2020

Dear Friends,

This past two month we have been able to place 4 children in Adoption, two being older children aged 9 and 6 years. 

A while ago, Bal Asha helped reunite a girl with her family in Haryana. The girl named Nisha, was found to be accompanied by a woman who was not related to the girl. This was suspicious and the police decided to investigate. Upon talking to the child, they realised that the child is from Haryana and that she was lost. The police transferred the child to Bal Asha Trust, where she was given proper care. The social workers of our Trust worked hard to track down the family of the child and reunited Nisha with her father in Haryana.

In the last two weeks, Bal Asha received 3 children who had been found abandoned at various public places all across Mumbai. The children were living in another government home for past few months.  The authorities decided to transfer the children.  The kids are receiving proper nourishment, care and the love they deserve. Our social workers are trying their best to trace their biological families so that the children can be reunited, and if unfortunately, their families cannot be traced, the children will be placed in Adoption.

Also, we are all aware of the condition of our world concerning the rapid spread of the COVID 19 virus. Many nations are struggling in a battle against this deadly virus. In times like these, we must stay in solidarity with those who have been affected and we should take proper precautions to stop the virus from spreading.

At Bal Asha we have stopped any visits from outside and have made required arrangements for safety of our children and staff.   The safety of the community is in our hands. 

We hope that each one of you are safe along with your families and friends.

Thanks and Regards

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.

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