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Jun 16, 2017

Support to Aman !

A child receiving speech therapy
A child receiving speech therapy

Aman is a 5-year-old male child.   The child is being brought up by a single mother.  Aman's father and his family disowneded him and his mother when they found out that he was a disabled child. 

The family in the initial years did not notice Aman’s problems.  A few months back they realised that Aman is having serious behavioural difficulties.  After the problems within the family the child’s mother had to start living by herself. 

Although she constantly wanted to give the child best medical treatment so that his disability is managed.  She kept making inquiries within the community, soon she was told about the centre run by Bal Asha Trust.

The mother met the social worker from the Bal Asha Child Development Centre and shared her day to day concerns regarding the child.  She also shared about the personal issues she is facing.

The social worker counselled her and assured all possible assistance.  After the assessment by the developmental paediatrician and team of therapists at the Bal Asha Child Development Centre.  The team concluded that the child has “Autism Spectrum Disorder”.  The child will require disability management in most crucial areas by providing Occupational Therapy, Speech therapy & counselling therapy.

The mother is taking keen interest in the development of the child.  She takes special interest in following up with the home exercises given by the therapists and shares the progress with the social worker.

Mother's like Aman's need to be supported as she continued to belive in the child inspite of all the family problems she faced in her life.  

The team assured the mother all the help from the Bal Asha Child Development Centre, thanks to donors like you. Your donations help us in providing the best medical support to the children with disability in Mumbai.  

Thank you ! 

Jun 12, 2017

Summer Vacation with lots of activities

The final work
The final work

After a long year to school the children started their summer break from April to early June.  The children look forward to the summer vacations as its all play and no school, but they also look forward to another event during the break "Summer Fiesta".  

The Summer Fiesta is about lots of workshops, activities and trips for the children during the summer break.  Just like any parent would plan activities for the children during the summer break the team here does  the parental role all the time.  

The team plans the schedule is keeping in mind the children's wishes and that the activities will help in overall development of the children.  

This year too the children enjoyed the following activities like flower painting, clay, pottery, trips to kidzania, Nehru Planetarium, drawing, learning good habits, dal sticking, garland making and much more such activities. 

Its one more week of vacations and children will start going to school.  Our children are enrolled in three different school as per their need and development.  

Children who are developmentlaly normal, go to a regular children and other children are provided special education in special schools including one for deaf and dumb.

We thank you for supporting us to provide invidualized care for the children.  

Pulses sticking activity
Pulses sticking activity
Volunteers helping during the activity
Volunteers helping during the activity
Mar 20, 2017

Driving Swapnil towards Ability

Sunita, Social Worker with a beneficiary parent
Sunita, Social Worker with a beneficiary parent

Thank you for your support to the Bal Asha Child Development Centre.  Your support has helped us in past three months to provide 897 therapies to more than 50 children.

One of them is Swapnil, aged 10 years.  Swapnil’s father contacted the centre as they were having concerns regarding his behaviour.  Primarily they felt that the child is hyperactive. 

They met the social worker and shared their concerns.  It is normally observed that most parents who are bringing up a child with disability don’t share about the problems within their social circles due to fear of social stigma.  The social worker understands that the parents come in contact with the centre to get help for the child, but also that they themselves need counselling and support.

The social worker soon arranged for the child to be assessed by the developmental paediatric.  After the assessments, it was identified that the child due to long term unresolved issues will need extensive remedial therapy. 

The family shared that they could not afford the treatment as Swapnil’s father lives in a small chawl (room) in Mumbai.  He drives a school bus and earns Rs. 10,000/- ($150) a month.   He is supporting a five-member family within that salary.

The social worker assured him that the centre will be happy to extend help in all the required areas provided he promised to continue the long-term therapies without any delay.  She visited Swapnil’s home and was satisfied that the financial condition of the family is not good and they need the support towards the therapies.  Swapnil is currently receiving therapies from the centre.

We are thankful to you for helping children like Swapnil.  More then Swapnil it’s his family who realises there are people like you who help in turning disability to ability.

Please continue your support by starting a recurring donation.

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