Radhika gets a good life
Radhika was the first child at Aarti Home. She was left with them by a woman of her own village when she was hardly two years old. Her father had absconded after killing her mother. Her grandfather was looking after her, but once he passed away, none of her uncles were willing to take care of her. Radhika was severely malnourished and had nutritional cirrhosis when she was brought to Aarti for Girls. She never smiled or showed any expression and it took her a long time to even speak again. She was in trauma and was in need of medical help.
Slowly, she opened up and began interacting with other girls in the Home. She started attending the school as well. She wasn't very good at studies but she surprised everyone by scoring good marks in 10th standard. She did well in her Higher Secondary as well after which Aarti for Girls enrolled her in a course to become Radiology Technician. She now works in Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad and is doing well in her job.
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What the beneficiary gets
Aarti Home is an orphanage that offers a permanent home to orphaned and abandoned children, mostly girls. Aarti Home was founded in the early 90s and initially, it used to shelter only abandoned girls. It was found that many a times behind every abandoned child there was a mother who was unable to protect her child and but hence it started sheltering mothers too. This way, Home not only focuses on addressing the symptoms, but also aims at solving the underlying issues.
How It Works:
* Girls, abandoned by their families are given shelter in the Home
* Their basic needs like food and clothing are taken care of
* Twice a year medical check-ups are provided to the girls
* They are encouraged to study by providing them with basic school supplies including uniforms (3pairs/year), casual wear (5pairs/year), school books and toiletries
* Apart from that, tutoring is also provided to the girls after their school hours
* Most of the girls choose to stay in Aarti Home during their holidays and vacations
Aarti for Girls
5 August, 2020
Witness the joy of Aarti children
Witness the joy of Aarti children
Aarti for Girls embarked on a program called Family-Based Care. In 2013, two girls Chadrakala and Sunitha escaped child marriage and lived with us in Aarti Village. Within no time, they showed a great improvement in their social behaviour and studies. It was very encouraging for us to see these two girls come out with flying colours in their 10th board exams in 2016. This created ripples in their community and motivated them to approach us to provide better opportunities and education. Many children who live at home with their parents come hungry to the school. They struggle with ill health and poor hygiene. Over a period of time, these children fall off the formal school system. While Aarti children fight a lot of battles related to career, identity, emotional voids, they take the basics of food, medical care, education and lots of love for granted.
This led us to have a home care program for children from broken and poor homes that enables us to provide similar support to children in need without plucking them away from their families. Over the last two years, 30 children have had special care in school with three nutritious meals, uniforms and books. We found that these children, with a little care, blossomed and started to be more engaged in school.
Armed with the statistics and our own experiences, we have launched Aarti family-based care for neglected children who have at least one parent who is alive. This program is founded on the principle that the best well being of the child is with the parent and the child deserves a full life, wherever the child lives. We want to support at-risk children at their homes.
It is a five step program to pull children out of the cycle of abuse, hunger and addiction while they continue to stay with their families.
Step 1: Our social workers identify at-risk children from slums.
Step 2: Their home environment is assessed for safety and basic values.
Step 3: Parents are coached to enroll child in formal education with bridge schooling
Step 4: Enroll in School with the security of food, clothing, medical and psychological care and education, to and from transportation.
Step 5: Monthly visits to family to check on the well being of the child and family
A few of these communities are migrants and street acrobats like - Budagajangaalu, Marathis, Thandas, Dommari, Erikela, Yanadi, etc. These communities primarily depend on daily alms for livelihood which may or may not provide their daily needs.
How do we assess the impact?
The children’s health and wellbeing through checkups Education through grade based assessment Safety and security through field and social worker visits With this program, we admitted 350 children in 2020. A small beginning in the world where there are thousands of children in need.
This has been a great disruptive step for Aarti as it completely changed the dynamics of the daily operations.