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May 2, 2018

A little update of activities !

Our Nurses with Dr. Fazal
Our Nurses with Dr. Fazal

Greetings from Bal Asha Trust!

We want to give you a quick update as the last three months saw fair amount of activities in Bal Asha Trust.

Our visiting Paediatrician Dr. Fazal from Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai conducted a nurses training programme for our nurses on child care, hygiene, nutrition and first aid.  He shared the new techniques and researches in child development with the staff.  This training made our team more confident and updated about care we give to our children. 

We participated in an event in Mumbai to create awareness on Bal Asha Trust and children’s issues in Mumbai.  We organised “Colour for a cause” painting workshop for children from all walks for life.  This was conducted at the Mahalaxmi Race Course.

The festival of colours called “Holi” was celebrated with great gusto in the month of March.  The children of Bal Asha Trust enjoyed thoroughly throwing colours at each other &     drenching themselves.

Keeping children clean & neat is one of Bal Asha main aim, hair cutting being on the agenda from time to time.  A hair cutting session organised by volunteer from a salon nearby, was conducted, where each child had a smart haircut, literally transforming their looks.

But the months highlight was the amazing baby Sonya who came to the institute with a low birth weight.   There was no weight gain in 3 months.  The doctor advised a 2D Echo wherein she was detected with a hole in her heart.  The doctors advised surgery.  There upon   through Bal Asha’s staff timely action surgery was carried out.  The surgery was successful and thanks to generous gesture of donors, today the baby is doing well with regular follow ups.

We appeal to you to please make donation for the upcoming Mother's day campaign on GlobalGiving.  

Grand Holi Celebrations
Grand Holi Celebrations
Volunteers and Nurses enjoying Holi with children
Volunteers and Nurses enjoying Holi with children
Colour for a Cause
Colour for a Cause
Volunteer helping in giving kids a hair cut
Volunteer helping in giving kids a hair cut
Mar 19, 2018

Efforts and Hope of Bal Asha Team

Happy Mother
Happy Mother

Today, the world boasts of connectivity and information-tracking, and yet, there are a few instances that happen, that makes one stop to ponder the gravity of it all. One such story is that of Sia (8 years old) and Nani’s (4 years old) – two little girls who accidentally boarded a train from their village and found themselves in the great big city of Mumbai, 2000 kilometers away from everything they knew.

The Railway Police found them roaming the station and tried to question them. However, Nani was too young to be of help and Sia, a deaf and dumb special child, could not coherently indicate the location of her home. The officers took them to a government-run orphanage while the police and authorities spent the next few months searching for information and whereabouts of the parents.

No luck.

One fine day, Bal Asha’s social worker named Vaishali was visiting the government home and the concerned official at the home introduced her to the two girls and felt an instant connection with them. She assessed the children’s needs and realized that the government home was not equipped to adequately care for Sia. Vaishali immediately knew that Bal Asha Trust was the only place where Sia will receive proper hearing and speech assessments and be able to attend special schools. Moreover, Bal Asha also aids many government homes to find lost homes of children. A few weeks of mandatory paperwork later, Sia and Nani had moved to their new home – Bal Asha.

Since the staff at the organization is expertly trained, they immediately understood that the children were inherently happy children, which means that they were not forcefully abandoned but must have reached Mumbai by an unwanted twist of fate. They gave Sia a thorough medical evaluation for her special needs and soon enough, the young girl was sporting a hearing aid; a device she thought was inconvenient initially but grew to love, for it meant that she could hear and distinguish between different sounds. Sia was enrolled in a deaf and dumb school whereas Nani started attending a regular pre-school.

As per standard practices set forth by Bal Asha Trust, the children were taken to get registered under Aadhaar – a biometric system mandated for identification purposes by the Government of India. The process went smoothly except for one minor hiccup which came later. The organization’s superintendent received a message saying that Sia’s enrollment was a duplicate. This meant that she had a family that had already enrolled her in the system previously.

This information acted as a guiding light for the team and gave them hope that one day, they would find the lost parents. Sunil, Bal Asha’s director reached out to the concerned authorities for information on the children but it was like finding a needle in a haystack. The officials were unable to be of much help due to privacy reasons. However, he persisted in their search and spent immense time and effort in conveying to the officials that finding relevant information was indeed, in the best interests of the child. Finally, the authorities decided to share the registered details.

Typically, an address and phone number can be obtained but in this case, only an address had been registered. Never giving up hope, Bal Asha members immediately reached out to friends in the state where the address was based and requested them for help. A few of them close to the address travelled to the village and asked around about the girls. Apparently, everyone in the village knew about their disappearance despite the fact that it had happened a number of years ago. The villagers were more than happy to show the visitor the family’s home. After checking and verifying that the girls indeed had disappeared from their house, contact details of Bal Asha was given to the parents.

The couple eventually travelled to Mumbai, where the team cross-checked their documents to ensure that all was in order. Then, they arranged for the parents to meet the children. The two girls immediately recognized the parents and rushed into their arms. It was truly a victory for the girls, their parents and everyone else who had worked hard to actualize this day. Tears were streaming from many eyes and the room swirled around in a sea of positive emotions.

The parents shared they were ordinary vegetable sellers near the railway station in Bihar and the children has unknowingly wandered into a train and set off their journey to Mumbai. Their police complaints were unable to trace the girls and they had lost hope of ever finding them. They were eternally grateful to Bal Asha Trust for bringing happiness back into their lives.

Another reunion of this kind also occurred later in next few days where the child was reunited with family in Odisha. The staff members maintain that proper procedure and indestructible hope is necessary in these situations; hence, registration with the Aadhaar system becomes of paramount importance, a fact that was covered by various media outlets when this story was released to the public.

The team at Bal Asha consistently strives to be able to provide excellent care and service to all the children whose lives it touches. Sincere effort and a little luck brought these girls, Sia and Nani, back to their parents, and restored faith for many in the interconnectedness that the Indian economy promises its citizens.

Please do support Bal Asha and its efforts with a recurring donation.  

Media Coverage in Maharashtra times pg1
Media Coverage in Maharashtra times pg1
Maharashtra Times page 2
Maharashtra Times page 2
Dec 14, 2017

A home for every child

Sunil with the  family
Sunil with the family

 

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Bal Asha Trust!

Bal Asha Trust completed 32 years of yeomen service towards helping vulnerable children in India. The past few years have seen us grow from strength to strength which would not have been possible without the support of each one of you.

Our work has not only focused on quality care for children while they are in the institution, but providing them development and rehabilitation, so that they do not remain in institution without a family.

Earlier we had shared story of a child who was reunited with his mother on 18th September 2017.  Today we are happy to share that we placed two children with Adopted families.

Child “D” & “K” received admission in Bal Asha when they were few days old.  Along with quality medical care they received lots of love and care from our caretakers and nurses.  They were one year and 5 months respectively by the time we placed in them in legal Adoption with two wonderful families. 

The families were thankful to Bal Asha and for the care received during their stay in Bal Asha. 

We thank you for your support so that we can keep giving required interventions to children.   We wish you and family a great festive season. 

We appeal to you to make a donation to Bal Asha this festive season month for us to find home for every child. 

Thanks

 
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