About Arushi Home
Arushi is one of the girls’ children home of Salaam Baalak Trust. It is a registered child care institution for girls in need in need of care and protection under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015. This is residential care project which caters to the need of the girls between the age group of 6 to 18 years, located in Gurgaon. This place provides full-fledged support to the children including medical care, hot cooked meals, education, mental health support, vocational training; for rehabilitation of every child.
Details of children (Girls) in Aarushi home in the period
Kinds of Service/ Intervention and number of girls :
Number of girls who availed the home services 54
Restoration to family 6
Availing higher studies 1 (rehabilitated)
Formal Education 27
National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) 5
Non-formal education (NFE) 22
Vocational training 2
Individual psychosocial support- 173
Group sessions- 17
Referral sessions- 80
In house check-ups- 61
Medical Investigation- 48 children
Referred to hospital – 16 children
TT vaccination- 38 children
De-worming- 42 children
SBT engaged 20 staff members to manage the home for girls, which includes Centre In-Charge (Coordinator), caretakers, cooks and guards. The medical team including doctors and mental health professionals also visit the home regularly.
Children are provided with 3 hot and nutritious meals and evening snacks. For sick children special nutrition is provided in the form of milk, eggs, paneer, juice, nuts, etc.
Stories of Change
Young pregnant girl gets support
A young girl Seema (name changed) was sent to Arushi children’s home by the authorities for care and protection as she was pregnant and her husband was in jail. She was given special care, mental health support and healthy diet.
After sometime Seema shared that she is an adult (above 18 years of age). So the SBT staff carried out a bone ossification test and it was found that Seema is actually above 18 years of age. So soon she was transferred to NariNiketan (home for women) in her native place Karnal, Haryana.
Girl pursues career in aviation industry
A child Meena (name changed) was brought to Arushi home for girls through an organization named Chelsea at the age of five years. Her father died from a terminal illness and her mother and brother also have some severe health issues. Meena found it difficult to adjust to her new life in the home initially but later she started settling down. She was good at studies so she was enrolled in Rotary Public school. She scored 81% in standard 12.Presently she is pursuing a course in “Aviation, hospitality and travel Management”.
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