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Jan 6, 2016

Happy New Year from India !

A secret Santa sent gifts for the kids
A secret Santa sent gifts for the kids

Dear Friends,

The children & team of Bal Asha Trust wish you a Happy New Year 2016 !

The last week of the year 2015 was full of fun and frolic with christmas celebrations.   The children enjoyed by putting up a christmas tree with lights and decorations.

The highlight was when a Santa coming and distributing gifts for each child. A gift of their choice.

There was a volunteer Ms. Priya Menon who conducted a interactive craft workshop with the children.  The children enjoyed their time.

The Bal Asha Trust team hopes that with your unstinted support, we can give quality child care and support to vulnerable children in the years to come.

Please consider starting a recurring donation for 2016 to our project however small it may be... it will help us to plan support to the children in our care.   

Once again wishing you and your family members a fantastic new year..

Thanks and Regards,

Bal Asha Trust team

The Christmas Tree kept put up by our kids
The Christmas Tree kept put up by our kids
The kids making wonderful items through craft
The kids making wonderful items through craft
Nov 10, 2015

Bringing smiles on faces is celebrating Diwali

Sajid with family, Sunil and police who helped us
Sajid with family, Sunil and police who helped us
Dear Friends,

A very HAPPY DIWALI to you and your family members from Bal Asha Trust team ! 

Diwali - Festival of lights, smiles and being with family..

There are many children who are find themselves lost in the big city of Mumbai every day, only few make it back home for Diwali. 

We are happy to share Sajid is one of them who will celebrate with his family. 

Sajid, 5 a five years old was found by the Mumbai Police wandering alone on the busy streets of Mumbai.  After talking to him they realized that he had run away from home. He did not reveal much of his family background.   They admitted him to a government centre.  Days, weeks and months passed by and yet he gave no information about parents / guardians nor did anyone contact them regarding the child. 
The centre contacted the social workers from Bal Asha Trust to know if they could take in Sajid as he may need long term rehabilitation.  Soon Sajid became part of the Bal Asha family.
It did not take much time for Sajid to get into the routine of Bal Asha.  Soon he became comfortable with one of the social workers Ms. Swaroopa.  He told her that he lived in Navi Mumbai area of the Mumbai.  He also shared information about his parents and siblings. 
The social worker decided to work on the information and soon contacted police stations and missing persons unit.  Her efforts soon gave results – her family contacted Bal Asha.
They visited Bal Asha and Sajid was delightful to see his parents.  After due diligence by the courts he was physically given in family care.  During this time the social workers of Bal Asha spoke to the family to understand thecircumstances at home and Sajid’s future plan.  Bal Asha team are keen that the family enrolls Sajid in a school program and have assured the family that they will support with him, in case he needs any help!
We could do this as we are sure that you are with us in giving home, education and love to vulnerable children like Sajid in our society.  Thank you.

For the rest of our children in Bal Asha, yes we will celebrate the Diwali.  We are the Bal Asha Family ! 
To share your Diwali happiness with our children,  please make a donation through Global Giving, Global Giving is running a special Diwali campaign your donation may help us qualify for additional funds for the children. 

Thanks & Regards,

Sunil Arora
Executive Director  

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
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