SAMPARC Children’s home, Bhaje for the care of 108 orphan, poor, needy and disadvantaged girl children is situated at the footstep of famous Bhaje Caves, 10Km from Lonavala, District Pune, Maharashtra, India.
The Children’s home was started with 7 orphan children by Mr. Amitkumar Banerjee and Mrs. Lata Pande who laid the foundation of the organization in a mud house in the year 1990 at the footsteps of famous Bhaje Caves near Lonavla.
The children’s upbringing and education is in a family environment of care and protection of Project Incharge, Counselor, Social Workers, House Mothers and Tutors who work with the children under guidance and help of Mrs. Ratna Banerjee, Founder Trustee and coordinator of the Project.
At the beginning of 2021 we had little light of Hope to be free from Lockdown and to resume the Normal Activities in the Children's Home. But again due to out-break of Massive Second Wave of the Pandemic and High Infection Rate in Maharashtra, again we closed the Main-gate of the Children’s Home to ensure the safety & security of the Children and In-house Staff.
All vendors were requested to provide all grocery, milk, vegetables, fruits & all necessary items required for children to be delivered outside the gate. After proper sanitization and necessary exposure to sunlight the items are taken inside and washed properly before use. All minute safety details are followed for the safety of the children.Only In-house Staff comprising of House-Mother, Counsellors, Social Worker, and In-charge who live in the Centre are taking care of the Children.
HEALTH & NUTRITION
Overall health of all the children is good. Children have nutritious & tasty food prepared in clean kitchen and the same is monitored regularly by Social Worker. Children are provided Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tiffin and Dinner as per Schedule. A balanced diet of Roti, Rice, Dal, Vegetables, Papad is served to children including soyabean. During festivals sweet dish is prepared as per the choice of the children. Also children have fruits and milk daily in the evening.
Every Sunday children have special breakfast & meals and also during festivals sweet dish and special Menu is prepared as per the choice of the children. Children have meals along with the house mother and home incharge to ensure personal attention when children are having meals.
The children’s Home is equipped with Water purifier and children are provided with clean drinking water. Regular maintenance of Purifier and water testing is done and it is ensured that children have clean drinking water. The kitchen & dining area is sanitized and is always clean and the store room is also kept clean.
Weight and Height of each child measured and recorded on 30th of every month. Weekly Body temperature check-up of all children is checked.
This is the First Academic Year (2020-21) during which Children have attended ONLINE SCHOOL throughout the Year.
Computer Lab at the Centre was a boon during this period. SAMPARC in-house Staff coordinated with school teachers and ensured children did not miss out school education, assignments and online competitions. Also meticulous planning of daily schedule helped a lot. Along with online school education, children attended daily classes in the Class Rooms of the Centre.
As per Maharashtra State Government guidelines, final examinations have been cancelled due to COVID-19 and all children from 1st to 12thstd children are now promoted to next class . 10th & 12thstd children will be evaluated as per the guidelines issued by State Government of Maharashtra, since final Board Exams are now cancelled due to COVID-19.
The respective Schools have conducted online Final exams in the month of April 2021. The school teachers have sent question papers class wise and in-house staff have conducted the exams in the Centre and have submitted a separate file of all papers of each child in the School & College.
At present children have completed their final exams and are now attending various online classes like – Computers, Spoken English and Summer-vacation activity conducted by volunteers and friends of SAMPARC. The new academic year has started.
Children spend free time by playing indoor games, drawing, painting and also some children enjoy craft work. Children also enjoy watching T.V by maintaining social distance.