Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India

by Catalysts for Social Action
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Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
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Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India
Brighter Future for 4500 Orphan children in India

A wholehearted thank you from the children and all of us here at Team Catalysts for Social Action for supporting us through GlobalGiving, especially through the unprecedented times of the pandemic.

Your donations have helped CSA transform the lives of countless vulnerable children in India over the years providing them with quality education, better health, nutrition and pertinent life and work skills to help them get a brighter future.

Unfortunately, our relationship has come to an abrupt end as GlobalGiving cannot disburse funds in India. GlobalGiving through whom you have contributed to our work was placed on the ‘Prior Reference Category’ (PRC) list of donors by the Ministry of Home Affairs, India in 2019. Since then, GlobalGiving has been unable to make disbursements to Indian-banked nonprofit partners, including CSA.

Despite their efforts over two years, the GlobalGiving team has been unable to get off the PRC list or identify an alternative disbursement solution. CSA can assure you that this is not a reflection on us as an organization. We’re a trusted and credible organization working across 4 states in India. GlobalGiving will contact you separately to discuss what happens to the donations you have made but have yet not been disbursed to us. You can reach us at connect@csa.org.in in case you need if further information about Catalysts for Social Action.

Thousands of vulnerable children are still living in India's child care institutions and they need your support. Continue walking with us on this beautiful journey that makes these children's dreams come true!  Support us directly on our website.

In hope and gratitude,

Anandhi Yagnaraman, CEO, Catalysts for Social Action

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It’s been a very difficult, frightening year for children, especially those in Child Care Homes where there has been a huge influx of children newly abandoned during Covid or have lost parents to the virus. So our mission was to help them end the year on a cheerful, loving note - by being their best Santa Claus ever!

For children living in shelter homes this season of festive cheer and happiness is just another day in their lives so we thought of making a special effort to make it a fun-filled Christmas for them this year. But with the pandemic resulting in a major crunch in funds and increasing the number of children in homes, buying gifts for each child and giving them special treats like plum cake is a luxury that they cannot afford. We have always worked towards creating and ensuring a brighter future for every child under institutional care. Often abandoned by parents, orphaned at a young age, abused or having parents who are unfit to take care of them, these children deserve a fun end to this hard pandemic year. 

“We play Secret Santa with our friends, family and colleagues but who better to give a fun filled Christmas than to the kids under our care. Anyone can be a Santa to them through this campaign and fulfill their dreams,” said Henal Shah, Head Communications and Fundraising, CSA. 

All it takes is 1000 to sponsor gifts and a special meal for each child. Together we can make sure these kids are warm, loved and happy so they can end a terrible year on a cheerful note. So we reached out to our Corporate Partners, platofrms like GlobalGiving  and various fundraising platforms and made an effort to cheer these children by celebrating christmas, arranging a christmas party and give them happiness and good memories. With all the contributions that were rceieved we arranged christmas party across all our homes.

Our Goal was: Be the Santa Claus they all need, make them feel special at the end of a very hard pandemic year. Donate now

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According to a 2020 ASER report, a mere 33.5% of children from government schools have access to learning materials like textbooks or worksheets in print or virtual form. With Your Continued support we have been able to brign a change to it.
Life of Children living in Child Care Insitutions had come to a standstill during the pandemic with schools being shut, no visitors or access to the real world. Attending schools online had become difficult for them since most of these homes were not digitally enabled. We really had to do something and make sure children had access to basic education and other mediums to upgrade their skills
so Last year alone, we ensured 78 homes are digitally equipped under the Digital Engagement Program. Along with digital equipment we have also ensured that the children have access to proper tables, chairs, board games and sports equipment to make sure they stay occupied at home all the time and have stable mental health.
Your Continued support has help us bring a change in lives of these children.
Thank You for being our #ChangeCatalyst 
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Yoga session
Yoga session

The Background and Problem 

During these COVID times, children under Institutional care are more vulnerable with very limited or nearly no means to access anything outside their respective homes. They do not even have access to basic information or entertainment. This second lockdown is proving to be even more stressful for children as they have been disconnected from regular school and other activities for over a year. 

As an emergency response we launched the Digital Engagement Program last year to keep the children engaged and entertained. We have successfully been enable to digitally equip the 87 homes we support so that children can access some form of education or entertainment. 

The Virtual Summer Camp is just that. We will be conducting a series of Virtual session with talented professionals in the space of education, entertainment, creativity, storytelling to create a space of learning and recreation for the children. 

Virtual Summer Camp 

The Virtual Summer Camp is a special learning initiative which was scheduled during the first 2 weeks of May Starting May 3rd.Through these 2 weeks we organised a series of virtual sessions in the space of learning, development, dance music, drama, etc. as a part of our Digital Engagement Program. 

The sessions organised were:

Doodling and Story telling, Khel Khel Mein (A series of Fun Physical & Intellectual Tasks), Yoga, Mathe-Magic (learn few basic tips and tricks of the world of math while covering Logical Questions, Drawing of figures, Match stick movement, Optical illusions, Brain teasers), The Art of Creativity (Junk Acapella create different Bollywood tunes with the help of plastic bottles, utensils, sticks etc. Not to forget, your own body parts too, Origami, Virtual tours, Dance and Madhubani Art painting 

Mathe Magic session
Mathe Magic session
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Session with Coleen Khan on Hairstyling
Session with Coleen Khan on Hairstyling

Daan Utsav is a festival that is celebrated every year in the first week of October. It is a great platform wherein  people from all walks of life come together and encourage each other to celebrate “Giving” – time, money, material, skill or just love.

Every year children particpate in various activites offline and visit different places to celebrate Daan Utsav however this year was different and all of us went the digital way.

We partnered with prominent individuals, influencers & personalities and asked them to share their skills for #45MinsOfChange sessions for children in Childcare Institutions via Zoom. These were showcased across our social media platforms for our followers and supporters.

Sandip Soparkar, a national award winner and choreographer kickstarted the week with a dance lesson. This was followed by a session on illustrations and comics by Art Director Savio Mascarenhas  and a Fitness session conducted by the renowned expert, Shalini Bhargava. Coleen Khan, a celebrity hairstylist shared hairstyling tips and Marina Dutta, conducted a cultural session on Mahatma Gandhi. The action-packed week concluded with a session on classical dance by Bharatnatyam expert, Tanya Saxena and there after a session with CSA Young Adults named #ManKiBaat wherein they shared their experinces with children from various CCIs.

Through these unique and engaging learning sessions, the #ShareyourSkills campaign aimed at creating a ‘Brighter Future’ for over 2300+ Children who participated from various CCIs in Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh & Odisha for all the sessions via Zoom.

We are glad that we were able to make a positive difference in the lives of the children and experience the ‘joy of giving'.

Bollywood Dance session with Shalini Bhargava
Bollywood Dance session with Shalini Bhargava
Session with tinkle curator- Savio Mascarenhas
Session with tinkle curator- Savio Mascarenhas
Dance session with Sandip Soparrkar
Dance session with Sandip Soparrkar
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Catalysts for Social Action

Location: Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, India - India
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Henal Shah
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Henal Shah
Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra India

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