Project #7584

'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India

by Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)
Jun 20, 2011

NEW LIFE for Bhushan & his family !!


Bhushan is a 9 year old, intelligent boy. He has been promoted to class 5 with A1 Grade ( 91 to 100 %
marks) . He got 100% marks in Mathematics. He is good in drawing and enjoys playing
cricket with his friends. He is smart, sincere and very helpful in nature. He comes to the study centre run by IDEA
regularly. He won 1st prize in a drawing competition and 2ndprize in a hand writing competition organized by IDEA during the recently concluded summer camp. He aims to become a Military Officer.

Behind this perfect and colorful story, there is a very tragic story of his family. Bhushan’s father was working
as a salesman with a regular but small income. He was without any vices and a very responsible man. He wanted to give good education to his children; hence enrolled them in a private school . Bhushan’s mother devoted her whole time in looking after the family, as the children were small. They were unaware of what the fate had in store for them. Bhushan’s father suddenly fell ill in 2008. He had a problem of choked esophagus/the food pipe. Gradually he could swallow only liquids. He underwent two surgeries without any improvement. His health deteriorated day by day. Soon he became completely bed ridden and lost his job.

Bhushan’s mother started working as a part time maid servant. Her meager income was insufficient even to feed
the children.  The parents thought of discontinuing the children’s education or withdrawing them from the private school and enroll them in a Government school.  The family lived on the verge of starvation and at the mercy of the neighbors.  Bhushan’s mother took loan from various sources after repeated appeals. However, she knew it will be impossible to repay the loans with her meager income, and the growing family needs. The family was
referred to IDEA by one of the neighbors.

Bhushan & his sister Vaishnavi were enrolled in our study center.  They were supported for their education, medical needs & supplementary nutrition. In this case, this was not enough. We found a sponsor who helped the family for the medical expenses (partly) of the father, and to meet the nutritional needs of the family.  In spite of all our efforts, the father passed away in 2009.  It took almost a year for the mother and the children to come out of the trauma. IDEA’s Social Worker paid home visits every day to provide moral & all the possible financial support to the family.

 Gradually the family learned to cope with the crisis at home. The mother started working full time and slowly repaying the loan she had taken.

After the summer vacation, schools have re-opened . Bhushan & Vaishnavi are provided with school bag, notebooks & school stationary.

Bhushan’s mother becomes speechless when she shares her experience with someone and how she and her children got a new life due to timely support. It is indeed a new life for the family.

Thanks to all donors for making this possible!!

Bhushan with his mother & sister
Bhushan with his mother & sister
Bhushan at the time of a fancy dress competition
Bhushan at the time of a fancy dress competition

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Project Leader:
Dr.Usha Pillai
Pune, Maharashtra India
$22,019 raised of $48,000 goal
199 donations
$25,981 to go
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