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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
Visit to Restaurant
Visit to Restaurant
Mar 25, 2019

Update on Devi

Devi Today
Devi Today

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Bal Asha Trust!

In our september 2018 project report we had shared with you about Devi 's admission to Bal Asha Trust from an orphanage about 400 kms from Mumbai.  

She had gone through a surgery for her right foot congential deformity in september 2018.   

I am very happy in sharing that the surgery was sucess and the child is doing well.   She recently turned 1 year old.   She is doing well developmentally.  She sits by herself.  She has started crawling all over the place.   She loves moving around all by herself and smile with other children in the infant unit of her age.   Nutrionally she is doing well.  She was 3.54 kgs when she joined the Bal Asha family and today she is 6.41 kgs.   She has grown tall too, she was 53 cms on admission and today she 61 cms.  She is receiving required therapy from our occupatoinal therapist and intervention, so she does much better in the coming months.  

We thank each one of you for the support so we can continue to take care of our babies in the best possible way.  

We have increased our fundraising goal as the project is ongoing.  We will continue to provide best quality care to children in our care from you help.  Thank you for your donation. 

Thanks and regards 

Devi September 2018
Devi September 2018
Dec 28, 2018

Chritmas Blessings !

A beautiful story unfolded around Christmas. 

Child Anil* about five years got separated on weekend.  Anil’s parents are living in slums in Mumbai.  His father has a shop on the street and his mother is a housewife.  She has to take care of two younger children other then Anil.  The youngest of the siblings of Anil is barely a month old.

Anil was playing near the house, but he lost his way back.  He boarded a train and reached to a major train terminal.  The cops on the railway station saw a now visibly scared Anil.  They spoke to him and realized that he could not share any details about his residence.  The cops informed child welfare authorities.  The authorities asked the cops to take the child to Bal Asha Trust so that he can receive quality care, nutrition, medical and counseling.  Bal Asha team was very happy take Anil under its wings.   During medicals the team realized that he has squint and orthopedic issues.  Immediately as per doctor’s advice he was started on vitamins.

Soon on the other side Anil’s mother realized that he has not come back home even after couple of hours.  She called her husband and they began to search for him in nearby areas.  They decided to inform the police station in the area.  The police started searching for whereabouts of Anil.   The CCTV on the station did show Anil coming into the railway station, but at the same time two trains stopped on the platform both going in opposite directions, hence they had no clue in which direction he went. 

The cops then started giving information to their collogues posted at different stations in both directions.  

Two days later the search ended when both the police stations connecting, and it was emotional moment for everyone involved in the process.  Anil immediately recognized his family.  The family was very happy to have him back in their arms.  The social worker shared about the medicals of Anil with the family and asked them to provide proper medical attention to him.  This is a true blessing for any family.

We wish each one of you lots of blessings this Christmas.

Thank you for supporting our work through GlobalGiving and hope that you will help us in 2019!

A little early…Happyyyy New Year 2019!

Thanks and regards, 

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