Mar 26, 2021

Fourth Progress Report of "Ashagram Orphanage"

Dear sponsors/donors and well wishers of SevaChildren Norway!

It is exactly one year this month since the Prime Minister of India, on the night of  24th of March of 2020, giving just 4 hours’ notice, ordered complete Lockdown of the country which can be described as the most brutal the world has seen. It  caused unimaginable sufferings and  miseries to the people, including many  deaths due to hunger and starvation. For major portion  of the year, people were not allowed to go out except for the most essential services.  In such an environment, it was not possible for us to carry on much work.  However, we still could achieve something.

And, as the world continues to combat  the Coronavirus Pandemic, though the rigorous lockdowns  imposed initially have been lifted, there are still lots of restrictions people have to abide with in order to prevent the infections.    At Ashagram Orphanage  too,  the works we have taken up viz.  construction of inner safety wall,  provision of  safe drinking water, and provision of bigger kitchen space,    couldn’t go at much rapid way  that we would have liked to move. But, something we have achieved, e.g.: 

  1.  We have constructed major portion of the boundary  wall safeguarding our Orphanage property.
  2. Two thirds of the inner wall construction is completed.
  3. We have leveled the ground around the building by blasting and removing rocks.  
  4. We have planted around  500 different varieties of fruit trees  to ensure sustainable income for the Orphanage. 
  5. We have secured  life-long free electricity from the Government for our borewell for the purpose of drinking water as well as for irrigation purpose.
  6. There was no proper road to our Orphanage building within the Orphanage campus.  We have made a  new road and planted trees on both sides of this road.
  7. We have also leveled the ground  by blasting rocks and removing mud, in order to make playgrounds for  the orphanage children.

 There is still lot of work to be done to ensure that the Orphanage children have a safe, healthy and enjoyable environment, e.g.:

  •  One third of the Inner Safety Compound wall still to be constructed
  • Plumbing and water connections from the new borewell  to the residential house.
  • Expansion of the Orphanage Kitchen-cum-dining.

SevaChildren Norway is extremely thankful to all sponsors/donors and well wishers to have received more than US $ 15.300 – equivalent to NOK 130.000 - through various channels for this project, from the very beginning and up to date. We are still eager to receive further donations in order to complete this whole project.

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Nov 30, 2020

Third Progress Report of "Ashagram Orphanage" 2020

Ashagram Inner Wall Construction work in Progress
Ashagram Inner Wall Construction work in Progress

Dear sponsors/donors and well wishers of SevaChildren Norway!

The world continues to combat  the Coronavirus Pandemic. Though the rigorous lockdowns  imposed initially in India have been lifted, there are still lots of restrictions people have to abide with in order to prevent the infections. At Ashagram Orphanage  too,  the works we have taken up with support from GlobalGiving, viz. construction of inner safety wall,  provision of  safe drinking water, and provision of bigger kitchen space, couldn’t go at much rapid way  that we would have liked to move.

 

Ashagram Orphanage - located at Pathakotte Village near Hosur in Tamilnadu, India - has since the start of this project  been prepared for its re-opening with new facilities and new protective safety  safeguards. During the reporting period   children who used to live here have all been shifted temporarily to our other Orphanage viz.  Ashanilaya located at  Bangalore.  Most of the orphan children having single parent or close relatives,  have been sent to stay with them. 

The Health Care Infrastructure System in India is so bad, and so overburdened that, it would be extremely  difficult for us, running on very low resources,  to  provide adequate health care protection  to all the children  should any one of them get infected.  Hence, only those children who have absolutely no  close relative, are being taken care of at Ashanilaya.  And they will be shifted to Ashagram Orphanage as soon as the infrastructure facilities that are being created, are ready.

We shall in this progress report take you on a small journey as to what has been completed and what is still remaining based on our original plans for this project!

(a)  We have constructed major portion of the boundary  wall safeguarding our Orphanage property.  Two thirds of the inner wall construction is completed. 

In order to prepare the Orphanage for the coming challenges when children will live there, we have also:

  • Leveled the ground around the building by blasting and removing rocks.
  • Planted around  500 different varieties of fruit trees  to ensure sustainable income for the Orphanage. 
  • Secured  life-long free electricity from the Government for our borewell for the purpose of drinking water as well as for irrigation purpose.
  • There was no proper road to our Orphanage building within the Orphanage campus.  We have made a  new road and planted trees on both sides of this road.
  • Leveled the ground  by blasting rocks and removing mud, in order to make playgrounds for  the orphanage children.

There is still lot of work to be done to ensure that the Orphanage children have a safe, healthy and enjoyable environment. 

We have utilized for the above works the funds collected earlier in the best possible way for you as a donor. We thank you all for your belief in SevaChildren Norway and the work we are doing for children in India.

Ashagram Inner Wall Construction work in Progress
Ashagram Inner Wall Construction work in Progress
Ashagram inner safety wall - work progress
Ashagram inner safety wall - work progress
Covid-19 - Grocery kits distribution
Covid-19 - Grocery kits distribution
Daily distribution of meals during the covid-19 pa
Daily distribution of meals during the covid-19 pa

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Aug 3, 2020

Second Progress Report of "Ashagram Orphanage" 2020

Dear sponsors/donors and well wishers of SevaChildren Norway!

New donations of approximately US $ 2.100 (given through GlobalGiving and paid in directly to our bank account) was received since the start of this campaign in the beginning of 2020! We are extremely happy for this!

  1. Let us take you on a small journey through this project which is drawing your attention for funding:

Ashagram Orphanage, located at Pathakotte Village near Hosur in Tamilnadu, India is presently being prepared for its re-opening with new facilities and new protective safety  safeguards.   The children have temporarily been shifted to our other Orphanage viz.  Ashanilaya located at  Bangalore.  Most of the orphan children having single parent or close relatives,  have been sent to stay with them.  This is necessitated due to several problems created by Covid 19 Pandemic, mainly the difficulties we face in ensuring Social Distancing by the children.  The Health Care Infrastructure System in India is so bad, and so overburdened that, it would be extremely  difficult for us, running on very low resources,  to  provide adequate health care protection  to all the children  should any one of them get infected.  Hence, only those children who have absolutely no  close relative, are being taken care of at Ashanilaya.   And they will be shifted to Ashagram Orphanage as soon as the infrastructure facilities that are being created, are ready.

During the last 6 months we have taken up the following activities at Ashagram:

(1)  Construction of the Inner Safety Wall.   As this wall is meant to provide safety protection, importantly against the visit of Wild Elephants, we want to make a very strong wall.   For this, we are using granite quarry stones, sand and cement.  At present we have constructed the foundation, and three feet above the ground level.  It is only on the front side of  the main Ashagram building.  We are yet to start work on the other two sides. On the Southern and Western side.   On one side, viz. Northern side, we don’t need to construct any wall as there is a natural sloping barrier. There is still  additional work of raising it to a total of 5 feet height.

(2)  Levelling of the grounds.  In order to be able to have place for two playgrounds (basketball and  volleyball), we have  levelled  the area by removing all the rocks.  We have completed  90% of this rocks and earth removing  work to level the ground. 

(3)  Trees plantation.  This area is very sunny and there are no trees, except those we have planted.  During the last 6 months, we have additionally planted in the Ashagram Campus more 200 fruit giving trees.  And there is still lot of empty space which we want to fill up with lots of more trees.

We have utilized for the above works the funds collected in the best possible way for you as a donor. We thank you all for your belief in SevaChildren Norway and the work we are doing for children in India.

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