Sport  India Project #42963

Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage

by SevaChildren
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
Creation of Infrastructure at Ashagram Orphanage
On-going work of Ashagram inner safety wall
On-going work of Ashagram inner safety wall

Dear sponsors/donors and well wishers of SevaChildren Norway!

Ashagram Orphanage building stands on a large Campus of 20 acres of farm land with a beautiful panoramic view of an adjacent lake, lot of agricultural farms nearby and some hillocks and forest lands dotting the  horizon. Apart from the Ashagram Orphanage building, we also have here other buildings such as  Community Hall where all the functions, meetings, workshops and training programs are being conducted.  Adjacent to that is the water  purification plant and purified drinking water dispensing Kiosk.   

The reporting period, viz. March to June, 2021 was marked by the deadly second wave of Coronavirus.  As reported in New York Times and confirmed by several studies, the total deaths in India due to Covid-19 is as huge as nearly 500.000 people.  The prolonged lockdown restrictions have caused unimaginable sufferings and  miseries to the people. We too faced lots of limitations in carrying  on work in Ashagram Infrastructure development during this period.  Following is what we could achieve:

(1)  The total boundary area of our land is around 1700 metres.

(2)  The total inner wall length is  600 metres with a land area of 2 acres.   So far we have constructed 450 metres of the inner wall length.   And in this, work on the wall separating the two portions,  viz.  80 metres has been completed 8 ft height (2 feet below  foundation and 6 feet above the foundation).  These 6 feet above the foundation was the most difficult of the whole project as it was  full of rocks that had to be blasted, removed and filled with mud.  And we have done that.  The  height of this  portion of the wall, shall be increased by another 18 inches. And on the top of it, we shall be having net fencing.  

(3)  Work on the remaining portion of the inner wall that is, 150 metres  is yet to be taken up. And it shall be taken up soon.

(4)  We have planted nearly 2000 fruit trees  in our Ashagram Campus.  And these trees are being taken very good care and growing up very well. Already we are getting some fruit too.

(5)  Ashagram Orphanage children continue to be accommodated and taken care of in our Ashanilaya Orphanage in Bangalore.

(6)  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.

(7)  There was no proper road to our Orphanage building within the Orphanage campus.  Proper roads have been made within the Campus.

(8)  Various programs are being conducted at Ashagram for the poor children from nearby villages. Due to school closures for more than one year, we are conducting  learning camps to keep children connected to education.  After the tuitions, we provide them free mid-day meals, as they miss the meals they used to get in their schools.

Conclusion:  We express our deep gratitude to donors/donors and well wishers for the support extended to us for development of Ashagram Infrastructure to enable us to provide good and proper care to Orphan children.

Works for borewell electrical connections complete
Works for borewell electrical connections complete
Works for borewell electrical connections complete
Works for borewell electrical connections complete
Ashagram Road construction work -1
Ashagram Road construction work -1
Ashagram Road construction work - 2
Ashagram Road construction work - 2

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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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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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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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The start of the renovation of "Ashagram Orphanage
The start of the renovation of "Ashagram Orphanage

April 2020 follow-up report of “Ashagram Orphanage”

By Lars-Johan Johnsen - CEO and founder of Seva Children Norway and SevaChildren India

Dear sponsors, individual donors and companies – friends and supporters of the SevaChildren family.

New donations of US $ 1.002,21 (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 building stands on a large Campus of 20 acres of farm land with a beautiful panoramic view of an adjacent lake, lot of agricultural farms nearby and some hillocks and forest lands dotting the horizon. The vast expanse of empty spaces within the campus is being made use of by our orphanage children for their outdoor games and sports. Recently a few more buildings have come up within the campus aimed at providing facilities to orphan children as well as to our Community

Development project beneficiaries and to rural poor children sponsored by

SevaChildren Norway.

 

The main building, which for several years remained half constructed, has now the main structure with the first floor completed, including windows, doors, electrical, plastering, painting and flooring tiles fixings.

 

  1. “Ashagram Orphanage” – planned constructions to be carried out during this project period:

 

  • A safety compound wall to enclose the residential buildings, front garden and front side basketball ground is now under construction. The compound wall is great urgent necessity to prevent wild elephants roaming through these areas during the night. Urgent because renewal of Government permissions might be delayed due to potential risk to the children's safety.        
  • Completion of Borewell work to ensure steady supply of water to the Orphanage.
  • Expansion of kitchen-cum-dining facilities to cater for up to 50 orphans.

 

  1. With the outbreak of the covid-19 virus all over the world – and in particular in India which as of this reporting date has a total lock down of the country – we expect delay in the stipulated time frame for this project. But please, don’t let this scare you from donating to the project. We shall pile up all donations safely in our bank account, and once things are back to normal and our workers are allowed to start working again, money will then be allowing a speedy progress of the project!

 

We express our deep gratitude to everybody having participated in this fundraising for the Ashagram Orphanage so far. We are now trying our level best to complete the remaining part of this project once the covid-19 virus is eradicated, and do appreciate receiving any amount, small or big, from our esteemed donors in order to finalize the remaining part.

All the best to all of you from all of us!

First floor completion of Ashagram Orphanage" by
First floor completion of Ashagram Orphanage" by
View of the planned basketbaal and volleyball cour
View of the planned basketbaal and volleyball cour
This far we got before the covid-19 virus hit
This far we got before the covid-19 virus hit
This far we got before the covid-19 virus hit
This far we got before the covid-19 virus hit

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