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Sep 15, 2015

One step at a time

Shreya after her surgery
Shreya after her surgery

Dear Friends,

Namaste from Bal Asha Trust!

We have realised that these Global Giving feedback reports are not only about sharing how well the project is doing, but a way for us pause for a few minutes and look back a little. 

Look back and see the amazing journey’s our children are having, since the time destiny’s brought us together. 

Shreya was found near a factory in a miserable condition in a town far from Mumbai.  At that time, Shreya was only four days old.   The local police took her to a government hospital.  It was unfortunately not difficult to understand why she was abandoned.   Shreya was a physically challenged child.   

She was admitted to a local NGO.   Four years of her life went by, she did receive good general care all this time, but no medical intervention for her problems or even a clear diagnosis.  The NGO came to know about from Bal Asha Trust. 

Welcome Baby Shreya, new member of Bal Asha’s large family. When we first met Shreya what amazed us was her big smile.   This is actually what we have learnt no matter what these children go through; they still have a beautiful smile.

She was soon diagnosed with Arthrogryposis Multiple Congenita (AMC is a disease of newborns resulting in decreased flexibility of the joints) and Congenital Vertical talus (CVT is an uncommon disorder of the foot, manifested as a rigid rocker-bottom flatfoot. Its characteristic radiographic feature is a dorsal dislocation of the navicular on the talus)

She needed help in most of her activities other then speaking. She speaks constantly in her soft voice.  She loves interacting, talking about other children.    A caring little kid, who calls nurses if she finds any attention.  So, we found ourselves with a kid who has a great personality, will and courage.  We needed some great medical intervention which could get her to her true potential as she grows. 

Dr. Rutuja Mehta a pioneer Orthopedic Surgeon from Jaslok Hosital and Research Centre in Mumbai agreed to help Shreya.

A few weeks back Shreya was operated for her CVT in both her legs.  Her CVT was released.   After a few post surgery check ups   the doctor confirmed that the surgery is successful. We can also see the results where the position of her legs has improved drastically.  She loves it!  We are so thankful to the doctor, her team and the hospital for giving her a new phase of life.

You know it will take a while for Shreya to be up and running, the day soon will come. For now it’s One step at a time... Thanks for being with them at every step!

We thought you will like to know that Global Giving is hosting it’s final Bonus Day on September 16th starting at 9.00 ETD, please do consider Bal Asha Trust if plan to make a donation.

Shreya after surgery
Shreya after surgery
Jun 22, 2015

Pillars of Bal Asha Trust

Amazing women - Akkatai Kamble
Amazing women - Akkatai Kamble

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Mumbai, India!

"It's raining cats and dogs" in Mumbai since yesterday.  Mumbai has stranded, people cannot reach offices and schools closed.

The government had announced that citizens should not go out of home unless absolutely necessary.  So, Mumbai is relaxing from its busy life, so for some its movie time or for others it’s luxury to just sip a coffee in the balcony. 

What do some amazing women of Bal Asha Trust do when they have children to take care and when they are in different parts of the city.   They need to reach the children .  They live anything between 2 kms – 50 kms away from the children’s home.

These care takers are responsible for  taking care of children.  They take care of them, feed, clean and give them a warm loving hug. 

One of the worried women that day was Mrs. Akkatai Kamble.   She had to reach Bal Asha as she was incharge of child Mary’s routine for her duty.  Mary had gone through a major heart surgery a few months.  Mary is doing well, but is still very weak. She needs personal attention with lots of love and care. 

Determined to reach in Bal Asha as she also knew with city flooded other colleagues will also find difficult to reach the home. 

She took a train from the suburbs only to realize that the train had stopped midway as the station ahead was flooded.  The crowd started jumping on the rail tracks so they could walk to the nearest station.  She did the same.   After coming out of the station she was able to take a bus for a few kilometres.   She again found herself in the flood water as the bus could not proceed any further... She walked rest of the distance.

As you can see in the photo she has a beautiful smile on her face holding Mary.  Bal Asha Trust has these committed women who take care of children 24 x 7. 

The team of Bal Asha Trust has found itself in many such conditions or situations biggest floods in July 2005 or even the terrorist attacks 26/11, but they have always kept the children first before their own comfort or safety.  

These are strong “Pillars of Bal Asha Trust". As the main focus of our team is to be family for all those children who have none. 

We thank you for being part of this family.

Jun 1, 2015

Summer Holidays !

Children participating in the activity
Children participating in the activity

To beat Mumbai’s scorching heat and keep our children away from the harsh summer, Bal asha has organized a summer activity camp for the children on its cool environs. We always want to  create a home-like and a funfilled environment for the destitute children unlike a typical institution.

Each year Bal Asha Trust plans something new and creative for the children during the holidays to give them that special edge along with a conducive environment. And this summer break was an ideal opportunity to keep their spirit alive.

There were indoor games/activities/workshops of all kinds, activities like cooking Indian snacks and some delectable western snacks too like making sandwiches with a whole range of different fillings and decorating cakes. Activities like puppetry, clay modeling, mask making, making greating cards, cleaning the environment and storytelling were also on the cards.

A visit to a play park was the highlight. Each child displayed his/her skills and all were in a competitive mood . Noise, mimicry, shouts of laughter and playfulness rent the air. There was an all round  spirit of happiness and cheer clearly visible. The entire activity was planned and organized by Bal asha’s visiting psychologist, Ms Pradnya Aklekar, who had meticulously planned each day with different things   Our volunteers from both local and international schools helped helped us in conducting the events. 

The children are spending an exciting summer thanks to your continuous support.  Thank you !

The schools will reopen shortly in two weeks and rainy season is also round the corner.  We now prepare for the same.

We request you to please share about Bal Asha Trust with your friends over email, FB or anyway you feel comfortable so they can also be part of this journey with you and us.  Thanks

Volunteers help the kids
Volunteers help the kids
My flower
My flower
Who goes first ?
Who goes first ?
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