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Save Abandoned Orphan Destitute Children in India

by Bal Asha Trust
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Dear Friends,

Greetings!

Hope this letter finds you well.  

Everyone is doing well at Bal Asha.  As shared in our previous reports, we now have two teams who come and stay with us for 15 days in a row to take care of children.   

We have started connecting our children to our pschologist through online counselling sessions so that the children can share their feelings.  The pandemic has delayed a lot of plans. A child was supposed to be united with her biological father and another child has found his forever Adoptive family, but they cannot travel and reach their respective families due to travel restrictions.

We have started online educational classes with our inhouse teacher for the children.  The children and team are now used to a fixed routine.  Our  online dependence revealed the need of more laptops, so the team members were kind enough to bring in their personal laptops for the children to use.   

The supply chain of vegetables, groceries and medicines is now near normal.   We are regularly disinfecting the premises with the support of local municipal authorities. Our team member, Swaroopa gave the children stylish haircuts. We had never imagined that this will be the new normal, but these times have taught us many new lessons. 

We would like to share with you two videos  One is regarding  the precautions we take before the child care team joins us and second is of the surrondings of the  Bal Asha Children home. 

Safety & Precuations for the Bal Asha Kids: Click Here

Bal Asha Surrondings: Click Here

Please do continue your valuable support and share about Bal Asha with friends and families.  We thank you for your support and well wishes.  

Regards,

Sunil Arora

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Dear Friends, 

Greetings from Mumbai, India!

Everyone at Bal Asha is safe and sound, with the quarantine in effect. Currently, we have around 15 staff members who have stayed within the premises of Bal Asha to ensure that the children are not deprived of the love and care provided by the caretakers and to ensure that the children feel much safer. A few of our staff members were required at their homes due to some family commitments, so they returned to their residences. In these tough times where resources are scarce, we also face difficulties in procuring groceries and vegetables but we are in touch with many vendors who understand that we run a home with around 50 people, a majority of them being children, so they try their best to deliver us the rations as soon as possible. We have supply of essentials like medicines, masks and sanitizers to last us a few weeks.

Also, The Maharashtra Times published an article on us and all the ladies who have chosen to stay with the Bal Asha kids rather than stay at home with their families.

Excerpts from the Article:- “The areas of Worli, Mahalaxmi, Jijamata Nagar and Mahim in Mumbai have emerged as hotspots for the spread of Corona virus. Even during these tense situations, the caretakers of Bal Asha Trust chose to be with the children living within the home. They love the children and are really attached to them.

These wonderful women choose their responsibility towards the children at Bal Asha over their familial responsibilities, their children and elders. Their view is that their family members can take of children at home, but it is only them who can take care of the children at Bal Asha”.

We are trying our best to support children living in communities too.  Kellongs donated packs to Bal Asha and we were very happy to share them with organizations working for senior citizens and children in the red light area of Mumbai.

We continue to work hard to protect our chidlren in these times.  Please keep safe.  Do share about our project with your freinds and families.

Thanks and Regards,

Sunil

 

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Bal Asha Warriors

Dear Friend,

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe.  The world is facing a pandemic and none of us have ever faced this situation.  

We are currently under lockdown, in order to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus.  Bal Asha and all its employees have also been severely affected by difficulties faced by everyone around us.  Simple things like buying vegetables, groceries, milk or getting medicines have come difficult. 

Our topmost priority is keeping our children in Bal Asha safe.  We have 36 children today. We have formed a team of 20 caretakers and paramedicals who now stay 24 X 7 at the premises to take care of the children and to ensure that they feel safe and comforted in these tough times.

In order to keep the children busy, we organised several activities, so that our kids feel safer.  We have started online activities with our psychologist and the children's school. Children who were supposed to reach their Adoptive Homes and could not due to lockdown are regularly encouraged to talk to their Adoptive Parents through video calls. 

We have stocked ourselves with reasonable rations to ensure that we have enough food to feed all the children and staff members living within the premises. Donors are in touch and helping us out whenever we are low on stock.

Our social workers who are at home are calling our beneficiaries in the community to create awareness on COVID 19 and making them feel secure in these difficult times.  

We are gearing up to take steps to aid children and families affected by the COVID crisis.   We will need your support to help us take care of children and families both in Bal Asha home and within our community.  We can together ensure that this generation wins this battle.   

I urge you to make a donation today.

Thanks and Regards,

Sunil Arora

Executive Director

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Dear Friends,

This past two month we have been able to place 4 children in Adoption, two being older children aged 9 and 6 years. 

A while ago, Bal Asha helped reunite a girl with her family in Haryana. The girl named Nisha, was found to be accompanied by a woman who was not related to the girl. This was suspicious and the police decided to investigate. Upon talking to the child, they realised that the child is from Haryana and that she was lost. The police transferred the child to Bal Asha Trust, where she was given proper care. The social workers of our Trust worked hard to track down the family of the child and reunited Nisha with her father in Haryana.

In the last two weeks, Bal Asha received 3 children who had been found abandoned at various public places all across Mumbai. The children were living in another government home for past few months.  The authorities decided to transfer the children.  The kids are receiving proper nourishment, care and the love they deserve. Our social workers are trying their best to trace their biological families so that the children can be reunited, and if unfortunately, their families cannot be traced, the children will be placed in Adoption.

Also, we are all aware of the condition of our world concerning the rapid spread of the COVID 19 virus. Many nations are struggling in a battle against this deadly virus. In times like these, we must stay in solidarity with those who have been affected and we should take proper precautions to stop the virus from spreading.

At Bal Asha we have stopped any visits from outside and have made required arrangements for safety of our children and staff.   The safety of the community is in our hands. 

We hope that each one of you are safe along with your families and friends.

Thanks and Regards

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Suraj during his therapy with Superintendant
Suraj during his therapy with Superintendant

 Dear Friends, 

Seasons Greetings to you from Bal Asha!

Children who are found abandoned at different public places are at immediate risk.  Bal Asha Trust takes shelter to rescued children on high priority.  

One such late evening police officials on duty at Mumbai's busiest railway stations noticed a little boy alone on the platform.  They reached out to him and looked around but did not find any adult with the child.  On inquiring at nearby food stalls, they came to know no one had ever seen the boy.   They even asked the child, but he did not say a word. 

They immediately took the child in their safety and took him to the hospital for a checkup.  They called up Bal Asha Trust so that the child could be in the safe place to stay till the child welfare authorities could take a decision. 

They named the boy Suraj, aged 3 years.   Suraj accompanied with the officials came to Bal Asha.  The superintendent of the home noticed that he did not have proper clothes on him and without footwear.  He was scared, hungry and tired.  

The first thing she did was to hold Suraj’s hand gently and told him not to be afraid, we will take good care of him and that he is safe here.   She took Suraj inside the Bal Asha home.   She quickly arranged for Suraj a warm water bath, fresh meal and a nice comfortable bed to sleep.   A caretaker was arranged to be near his bed, so he won’t be scared in the night.  Suraj feeling safe and secure had sound sleep.

Next morning when Suraj woke up.  He was introduced to all the children.  All the children made him feel relaxed.  It was a delight to see in the next few hours, he was playing with all the other children.  The team observed that he only indicates by gestures towards food or made actions of eating food. He looked malnourished and the team felt that he was deprived of food. 

First day the team must take care of few important tasks.  Medicals of Suraj within 24 hours of his admission.   The team ensured to get his complete medical checkup. During the checkup it was found that he had scabies (contagious skin disease).  The doctor advised required treatment and diet. One important question the para medicals asked the doctors, that he did not speak a word since his admission.  He explains everything in actions and smiles.  The doctor checked and informed that he does not seem to have a speech or hearing abnormality.  He will benefit from speech therapy.  

Bal Asha has a visiting speech therapist for children.  Suraj’s speech therapy and sound therapy was started by the therapist. he was tested for his hearing capacities.

Today, Suraj is is a confident happy boy.  He has started saying few words and actively participates in activities with other children.   He is well aware of his daily routine. He is happy little boy who wants to greet everyone with a  amazing smile who enters the room.  The team is very happy with his progress and is looking forward to enrolling him in a school which will greatly benefit his progress.

We thank you for all you support to Bal Asha so that we can take good care of children with us.

Recently you might have received communication from GlobalGiving (GG) with regards to difficulty in sending funds to Indian banked organizations.  GG is working hard to resolve the situation and soon we will have a solution.  We in the meantime request you to please continue your support to our project.

Wishing you A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Thank you

ps: Name of children are changed to protect identity. 

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Bal Asha Trust

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
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Twitter: @balashatrust
Project Leader:
Sunil Arora
Project Leader
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
$254,010 raised of $350,000 goal
 
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