A shelter that gives Bajrang a chance at education and a better life
Bajrang and his two older brothers are ragpickers. He has three siblings. All four of them along with their mother came from their village to Mumbai to earn a living. They live in the Saat Rasta area of Mumbai.
Bajrang, despite being a rag picker, pursued his education on his own. He enrolled himself in the Marwadi Vidyalaya Hindi Medium school and passed class IX with a distinguished 75% last year. He financed his education by doing small jobs and from his earnings as a ragpicker.
Bajrang understood that now, being in his final school year, he would need to focus a lot more on his studies. He wanted to study with no distractions and difficulties in having to earn his livelihood. He approached YMCA Mumbai Central looking for a safe place to stay where he need not work but could concentrate on his studies.
YMCA then guided him to the approached us for his admission to the Salaam Baalak Trust Night Shelter at Andheri.
Bajrang has adjusted very well to life at our Andheri shelter. He is a hardworking and disciplined boy, obedient and helpful. He does all the chores and tasks assigned to him. He also helps the younger boys with their studies. He has been enrolled in special coaching classes to help him score even better in his SSC.
He is so focused on his studies that he turns down opportunities to go on fun outings. He prefers to stay back and study. His ambition is to become a civil engineer or architect!
With the support he gets at Salaam Baalak Trust, he is sure to realize his dreams.
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What the beneficiary gets
Salam Balak Trust (SBT), Mumbai was founded in 1988 after the success of the film Salaam Bombay. The Andheri Centre is the most recently opened. The Centre has a day-care for boys and girls and a night shelter for boys.
Donations to this program will contribute to a fund which will cover the cost of operating expenses and the salary of the shelter home staff.
At the center, the children receive access to a host of programs and activities covering education, nutrition, medical and health care, life skills and counseling and extra-curricular activities.
The children are enrolled in schools and are helped with their studies at the Centre. They also receive a nutritious mid-day meal and evening snacks.
The boys in the night shelter have all their meals at the center including breakfast and dinner.
The center currently provides shelter at night to 30 street children.
When you donate to this program, you help poor homeless children get access to a safe place to stay for the night.
Salaam Baalak Trust- Mumbai
28 November, 2021
Happy, Healthy and Heading to a Bright Future
Milestones of Andheri Shelter:• A Child is attending a 2nd-year degree course in film making from Whistling Woods International and doing well in his career. He is aspiring to become a successful filmmaker.• One Child represents himself as a ‘Change Maker’ on the National level program organised by our partner NGO Save the Children. He mentioned how SBT played an important role in shaping his life and because of this support he successfully reached grade 12 and would like to pursue his career in the aviation industry.• We have successfully maintained and followed all guidelines issued by WHO and ensured the safety of all kids and staff and protected them from covid-19. • 8 children successfully passed SSC (class 10) and 3 children passed HSC (class 12) examination with good marks. • Major events: • Republic Day Celebration:• A beautiful cultural programme took place on 26th January across all our shelters and centres to celebrate Republic Day this year. Unlike other years, this year the SBT staff decided to organize a cultural programme on this day.• Preparation started 15 days earlier, beginning with enlisting participants for the programme. Children did their rehearsals regularly under the supervision of the staff and teachers.• On 26th January all the children were present on the Centre premises and the flag hoisting ceremony took place. Thereafter a short speech was delivered by our staff to explain the significance of this particular day. Later the children performed patriotic dance numbers and enjoyed a day filled with lots of happiness.• International Street Children Day:• Organisations around the world celebrated the International Day for Street Children which was on 12 April this year: a special day acknowledging the strength and resilience of millions of street children around the world. SBT along with another partner organisation decided to celebrate from 6-12 April.• International Day for Street Children has been celebrated globally since 2012, to recognise the humanity, dignity and defiance of street children in the face of unimaginable hardships. We want to rally governments and individuals worldwide to work together to ensure their rights are protected no matter who they are and where they live, even more so in the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic.• The pandemic has highlighted how street-connected children are too often excluded from accessing essential services such as healthcare, education, and access to justice and to discuss such issues SBT had participated in a meeting with government- stakeholders including DWCD officer, Member of Child Welfare Committee, Manager of UIDAI, Postal Dept, Funding Partner PIAGGIO and project implementing partner SBT.• For this year International Day for Street Children (IDS), we had organised a special lunch and speech and drawing activities for children across all the shelters.• Drawing enables a child’s imagination to become more active. Each time they draw they access their imagination and make physical representations of what’s in their mind. Children’s imaginations have allowed them to create all of the things that we use and are surrounded by every day. Hence most of them created situations from the street and tried to reflect their everyday struggle; a few of them imagined beautiful homes with a sunset. During the speech activities, children delivered important information related to child rights and laws. Thus this activity helped to create awareness among the children about their safety and security and they enjoyed it a lot throughout the day.• • Blue Umbrella Day: Raising awareness of sexual violence affecting boys:• For Prevention and Treatment from Child Sexual Abuse in India, institutions like SBT came together to launch Blue Umbrella Day on 16 April, an international day that aims to draw attention to the need to provide appropriate care and protection to boys to support their wellbeing. • The Campaign emphasised the fact that we can protect boys from sexual violence; that all boys need adult care as much as girls and that we can start by changing our attitudes. • On Blue Umbrella Day we are reminding the world that boys also need to be cared for and protected from any harm, including sexual violence.• Hence, we had organised various activities with the children. They performed skits and role-plays that reflected the pain and emotions of sexually abused children. Different slogans were mentioned on blue balloons and Umbrellas and these were displayed outside every SBT shelter and centre to raise awareness among the masses about this cause. • • World Day Against Child Labour:• On 12th June -World Day against Child Labour, we showed a documentary to the children which states that child labour is a violation of child rights and it is physical, mental and economic abuse of the children. Children also participated in a poster making competition and a few of them came up with wonderful artwork which reflects the pain of being a child worker or a labourer. After the activity, coordinators and team members explained the importance of child rights to the children and made them aware of the 1098 helplines available for children in distress. Areas covered: MumbaiNumber of people impacted: 57 homeless kids benefitted from this projectHow were they impacted and helped:We have provided Nutritional, Educational, Psychosocial and Skill training support to children.Nutritional support:We provide proper nutritional support to the children including 4 meals i.e., breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner. Our staff prepares the menu chart in consultation with children and ensures that children receive all nutrients and vitamins through their dietary plan. The special diet plan is also provided to children as per their need and the activities they are involved in - such as sports person, Judo-candidate or as per the advice of dieticians. Health & Hygiene:This year also our priority has been to keep our children safe and protected from illnesses like covid -19. Hence we have taken all sorts of precautions and care to ensure the safety of all kids and staff. We have followed the guidelines of WHO and maintained the same. We conducted various awareness sessions across all shelters on Covid-19 for the children so that they can take the required precautions to keep themselves safe. We used an audio-visual medium to emphasize the consequences and precautions related to Covid-19. Our staff performed a major role and they were stationed 24X7 at the shelters by rotation and had taken all required measures and maintained the safety and security of children.Education Support:In SBT we do an essential evaluation of every child and according to his/her age and as per the preference of language, we place them in appropriate schools. Our in-house teachers ensured that every child completed his/her assignments. Teachers supervised the children during online school sessions and provided utmost care and attention. Average 57 children are school or college going. Our staff keeps the record of all academic achievements of the children and paid visits to their schools to maintain rapport with teachers and principals. Psychosocial Support:Counselling Service is provided to encourage children’s academic, social, emotional and personal development. To reach this aim, guidance counselling services help children get to know themselves better and find effective solutions to their daily problems. They also help children improve themselves in all areas and be full-functioning individuals. Counsellors monitor children’s development and according to their needs counsellor gives children necessary support such as helping them to understand themselves and their needs, to solve their problems, to make realistic decisions, to improve their abilities and skills, and to adjust themselves to their environment in a healthy way. All 57 children benefitted and we were able to maintain the psychosocial balance and harmony for each child during this difficult situation of the pandemic, where children are not able to visit their school or college.\n","section":"Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months","question":"
\n 1. Please tell us what activities you have undertaken in this program in the last 5-6 months.You can refer to following pointers as\n
- Any milestones achieved? \n
- Any major events? \n
- Areas covered (cities, states, regions etc) \n
- Number of people impacted? \n
- How were they impacted or helped? \n
Challenges faced/ Covid related hurdles:Due to lockdown schools were shut and it was difficult for us to make every child attend online classes. We did not have enough systems and equipment with us; hence initially it was very challenging for us to deal with the situation. But gradually our management approached a few donors who agreed to extend their support and provided tablets for each child so that they can attend the school/ college and continue their education. This support was a very essential role for the kids who had appeared for SSC, HSC and professional courses.As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to expand in India and the world, only one thing is certain: the current outbreak will have a profound impact not only on the health and economic situation but also on the psychosocial well-being of SBT children. The impacts will be felt differently among different population groups. Among these, one group will face additional challenges to understand, absorb, and deal with the changes that COVID-19 is bringing to our world: the children. In the current context of lockdown and restriction of movements, children have constrained access to socialisation, play and even physical contact, critical for their psychosocial wellbeing and development. School closures are preventing children from access to learning and limiting their interactions with peers. Children may feel confused and at loss with the current situation, leading to frustration and anxiety, which will only increase with overexposure to mass and social media, especially among adolescents. Some adults may struggle to find ways to explain and communicate with children about the current situation in a way that is understandable by this age group, which will add to the frustration and disquietude. COVID-19 is also bringing new stressors to our staff and caregivers. Our goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months:• we plan to reach out to 50 more homeless kids in the next 6 months and accommodate and provide them with all the services that are available in our shelters.• We are planning to enrol the next batch of 5 children for skill development training so that they can have the professional knowledge which is essential for their livelihood.• We are looking forward to establishing a group home for the kids who are above 18 years of age and enrolled on the skill training program. It will be a step to rehabilitate these kids so that we can re-integrate them into the community or society.\n","section":"Challenges faced and next steps","question":"
\n 2. Challenges in utilising funds/carrying out operations. Please refer to following points for reference:\n
- Any challenges faced? \n
- Any covid related hurdles? \n
- How did you overcome it? \n
- What is your goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months for this program? \n
Amit (name changed to maintain confidentiality) is our beneficiary for the last last 8-9 years. Amit was a very shy and introverted child. He was also average in his studies. Our staff were very attentive and provided a lot of support to Amit and ensured his participation in extracurricular activities organised at the shelter. Initially, Amit was not a proactive child however our counselling sessions helped him to open up and gradually he started participating in activities. Our staff found that Amit had been very active during JUDO sessions. Amit started dedicating his time and discovered his passion to become the best Judo player. This potential of Amit was identified by our staff and they always encouraged him. Simultaneously, we also kept track of his nutritional support-being a sports person we provided a special diet for Amit. And with the help of the Judo teacher Amit participated in various Judo competitions. Last year in Intercollegiate Judo Competition Amit won a silver medal in the 'Under 55 kgs' category. This year he passed the HSC examination and secured 2nd class. Amit also wants to secure a job in the Railways and started his preparation in that direction. Salaam Baalak Trust is supporting Amit to pursue his chosen career.\n","section":"Stories from the ground","question":"
\n 3. Any beneficiary impact story you would like to share?\n"}],"images":["https://cdn.givind.org/static/images/update/6e0d2add-b614-4086-b698-f7423dbdca6a.jpeg"]}
26 March, 2021
Safe and Happy despite Covid Times
At the Salaam Baalak Trust Andheri Shelter we have boys ranging from age 6-16. Currently we have 66 children at this Centre of which 62 are school going and 4 are in college. We provide Nutrition, Healthcare, Education and Recreational activities to our children to encourage their holistic development.
Nutrition and Health
The children receive all their meals at the Shelter and a special diet in case of special medical requirements.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, our prime objective was to protect every child and ensure their safety by maintaining the guidelines provided by the UN. We conducted awareness sessions on Covid-19 for our children so that they could take the required precautions to keep themselves safe. We used the audio-visual medium to emphasize this message. The initial days required much planning to ensure adequate staff and supervision at the Shelter especially since travel was not freely permitted.
Our centre has a visiting doctor who assesses the health issues of children residing at the centres and provides medical support as required. In emergency situations we also seek assistance from the government hospitals and from local physicians and organize periodic health check-ups.
Due to the pandemic children were not able to attend schools/ colleges. However we ensured that every child attended the online classes of their schools/ colleges. Tablets were arranged for the children so that they could attend their virtual classes under the supervision of our staff and teachers.
This year two children passed the SSC examination and secured first class.
We have a visiting consultant through Art-Beat Therapy. He provides psychosocial support and deals with the children’s behavioural issues. This year he connected virtually. He conducted group therapy through Yoga- meditation, drawing, singing, dancing and motivational talks to children to keep their morale high.
Rakshabandhan was celebrated with our staff tying Rakhi to the boys.
There was Flag hoisting and information sharing on Independence Day.
Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated by making Ganapati idols with clay, making Modaks and drawing beautiful pictures of Ganapati.
An online Rambo circus show was organized for the children in September.
On Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday an inspirational movie on his life was shown.
Diwali and Children’s Day were also celebrated with an Essay competition, Diya, Kandil and Rangoli competitions, games and prizes.
There was a picnic on Juhu beach and special lunch one day too!
5 July, 2020
Safety is of utmost importance
Safety is of utmost importance
This is a special year for Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) being the 30th year of operation. We had a function to celebrate this on 26 February 2020. Past and present beneficiaries, staff, trustees, donors and other well wishers were invited to share this joy. The children of the different shelters and projects put up various items spanning songs, dances, recitation, yoga and martial arts. Alumni of SBT were felicitated for leading successful professional lives. Souvenirs/ Books were released to mark the event and also showcase the success stories.
With the threat of the Covid 19 pandemic looming large at the end of this quarter, our first priority was the safety of our children and staff. The Night shelters continue to provide a safe haven to the children. Schools being closed and movement prohibited the staff and and virtual volunteers have been keeping the children gainfully occupied, entertained and educated.
19 November, 2019
Children engaged in diverse activities
Children engaged in diverse activities