Project #3419

Quality Care for 400 Destitute children in India

by Catalysts for Social Action

On the occasion of the Environment Day, 5th June, we visited the Girls Observation Home, at Nana Peth, Pune. The home caters around 100 girls. We had planned an activity of poster making, for which we carried large chart papers and boxes of crayons.

After an initial introduction and talk on what the environment is and why it is necessary to protect it, the girls where divided into groups of approximately 5 each, and given a topic to make the poster on. Subject line for the posters were, recycling the waste, saving water, saving electricity, saving fuel etc. All the posters come up really well.

Thus in the time period of about an hour, the 12 groups made posters with various awareness messages. These posters then collected,are to be displayed in the class later, so that everyone gets a chance to see what the others worked on and the message they were to spread.

After that, we took the older girls down in groups to plant the saplings that we had carried with us. We started the planting activity by the hands of Mrs. Sapkal, who is the chairman of Child welfare Committee Pune.  The girls especially enjoyed this activity as all the plants where flowering and had lovely smelling plants like mogra and zui, which they already knew of. Two of CSA volunteer helped conduct this activity.

As a participatory gift, we gave all the girls hair clips, and also distributed sweets to conclude the day. Thus through this small activity we ensure that the kids learn something as well as have fun. Many thanks to the donors like you who are helping us to carry out such fruitful activity.

getting awards makes us happy!!!
getting awards makes us happy!!!

As you are aware that we are living in a competitive world. So why the children we work with should remain behind?  We always held various competitions and prepare them for healthy competition. This year all the destitute children associated with us got an opportunity to show their talent and grab prizes for themselves. Women and child department of Maharashtra organised a Cultural and sports competition on 10th of Feb.2013. All the children from the Pune District orphanages got a platform to show case their talent.

Women and Child Department asked to help CSA, to sponsor the rewards, for the winners. CSA immediately extended the support and was very happy as the maximum prizes were won by the children who are associated with us. So it was a win-win situation for CSA. Cheers to all the winners!!!

Happy Diwali !!!
Happy Diwali !!!

In India the festival of lights popularly known as ‘Diwali’ is an occasion of joy and excitement. There are lots of rituals and ceremonies during 3 days of celebration when friends and relatives get together. Colorful Rangoli (Design at door steps) and sweets add charm to the festival.

For the kids in orphanages that have no home or relatives to celebrate with, however, the occasion is a re-iteration of their deprivation. But CSA was  there for them!  CSA ensured that not a single child (in CSA supported orphanages) was left out of Diwali celebrations. Crackers, Diya (earthen lamps), Lanterns,  Rangoli, sweets and festival dresses  were sent out to them well before the festive days. CSA representatives at different locations (Goa, MP, Orissa, Maharashtra) ensured that they spent time with the kids and made the celebrations joyful.

6 yrs. Old,  Vinayak who was scared of the fire works at first refused to participate. Soon however, he was persuaded by his friends to hold the sparklers in both his hands . The glee on his face spoke volumes both, for the joy of the celebrations and, his success in overcoming fear! That smile on his face said ‘Happy Diwali’ to all the CSA team!!!.

Diya Festival
Diya Festival
crakers @ girls observation home
crakers @ girls observation home


Shivaji Dalavi, the Engineer!!!
Shivaji Dalavi, the Engineer!!!

In the 16 years of my life, I have often faced questions about my identity. Who are you? your parents….? where have you come from? Questions to which I had no answers. I simply did not know. I remember that at age 5, I was on a railway platform when a cop confronted me with the same set of questions. I told him my name-I am Shivaji; he asked me where I came from? ‘Amaravati in Maharashtra’, I said. That was all I knew.  

Since then I have remained enrolled in an institution for care and protection. No one ever visited me, I don’t know who has given me my surname.

Initially the questions would disturb me-even make me angry. When I was 13 yrs old I moved into the Boys observation Home in Pune, Maharashtra. This was a nice place; importantly, there were many others like me-with no identity. We lived together as one, big family; I mingled with my classmates, made friends, found supervisors who could guide me. It was here that I came across CSA. I was in the 8th standard and CSA had  arranged coaching classes for us. CSA also organized several education, and fun events that got all of us together. Sometimes, even boys from other institutions joined us.

With help available, I found myself doing better in school. My performance had improved; I was more attentive; above all I was now interested in my life.

Last year I completed high school and I did well scoring  first-class grades. More importantly, I took the semi-English option i.e. clearing all the papers in 2 languages-my mother tongue (Marathi) and, English.  In the Home, I was the first one to do so and suddenly, I was  a hero!  I began to be called ‘Shivaji the Topper’!!!

Now, it seems like I have an identity-my very own. My achievements will, I realize, speak for me. I have enrolled for first year Diploma course of Mechanical Engineering and yesterday, I received my first engineering-instruments’ kit    from CSA. Soon I will be ‘Shivaji the Engineer! And that will be my identity!!!

‘Music’ the word itself gives us relaxation, pleasure and peace of mind. Listening music dose a miraculous job to transform the tensed and stressed situation.  This summer when all those orphan children who have there far relatives or single parent went back to their home for vacation and only those remained who really are total orphan. For them the orphanage campus is their whole world, more over their past makes them more nervous and lifeless.

CSA thought of bringing some liveliness to the atmosphere by experimenting with music therapy. Mr. Umesh Javalkar who himself is the music lover and expert to play many musical instrument showed his interest to volunteer and teach the kids to play Casio in their premises itself.  CSA discussed the plan and sponsored to purchase Casio. It was decided that Mr. Umesh will allow each and every child to play the instrument and then will identify those kids who because of traumatic condition has become more reserve and timid. He showed his confidence that music will transform these kids and they will have a positive attitude towards life. Music therapy is one of the best methods of relaxation and rejuvenates person to be filled with liveliness. With this thought and with lots of apprehensions we tried this musical experiment at Observation Home for Boys, Pune Maharashtra (India).

In the 1st week when I paid visit to this class I was very happy to see or hear children playing national anthem. I was surprised how come they could pick up the musical notes in such short span? Kids already decided that they will play national anthem on Casio during Independence Day (15th August) Celebration. Not only were those who are playing the instrument but also those who are listening enjoyed the session. Mr. Umesh is helping them with great passion and children are responding to him so well which made CSA’s effort worth. I hope this activity achieve the objective with which it has started. We are thankful to all of you and well wishers of CSA for enabling us to help kids in need to help themselves. :)


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Catalysts for Social Action

Location: Thane, Mumbai, India - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sidney Rocha
Pune, Maharashtra India
$14,091 raised of $27,500 goal
203 donations
$13,409 to go
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