Sponsor quality food and nutrition for abandoned children in a shelter home by Shraddhanand Mahilashram

Sponsor quality food and nutrition for abandoned children in a shelter home


Abandoned by family, Rani is now a successful entrepreneur

Rani lived with her parents till she was three years old. Her father was the only earning member of the family. Her mother was blind and took care of the house. Fate struck hard when her father suddenly passed away. Her mother had no means of livelihood and she had two elder brothers who were not responsible.

She sought help to raise the child. The Juvenile Metropolitan Magistrate advised her to enroll her in the shelter home. So, her mother, keeping Rani's best interest in mind decided to enroll her at the Bal Gruha Home.

Rani grew up in the Bal Gruha with other children like herself. She was given the love and care that she deserved. When she turned 3, she began to go to the in-house Balwadi school.

She grew up as an Ashramkanya, as the girls who live in the shelter home are lovingly called. Once she was six years old, she enrolled in a neighborhood school. She grew up under the care of qualified social workers who nurtured her. They looked after her educational and emotional needs.

Rani completed her Secondary School Certificate exam. She didn't however have interest in academics.

She was more creatively inclined and had a good aptitude for drawing and craft. She used to make excellent greetings cards. So, the social workers of the ashram encouraged to learn art and take drawing exams.

She continued to stay in the Aadhar Gruha shelter home as she didn't have any family to go back to.

She completed her art exams and started training in embroidery and craft. Upon the advice of the Ashram supervisors she started doing embroidery work at a local shop.

She also started teaching tailoring and embroidery. Her classes became popular in that area and it became her identity.

She soon started her own business. As the business grew, she moved from a rental to her own premises.

In the course of time, she received a marriage proposal from a teacher in one of the Taluka schools. With the help of Shraddhanand Mahilashram's marriage committee, she got married.

Today she is happily married as well as owns her own successful garment boutique.

Many girls like Rani who would have grown up on the streets with no safety or future are now happy and contributing members of the society.

Your help can make many more abandoned and destitute children like Rani find a safe shelter. You can donate to their food expenses in the shelter home. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


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you will be sponsoring the overall costs incurred to support the beneficiaries

About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Shelter Home
What you get
Tax Exemption
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Program Description

Shraddhanand Mahilashram runs a shelter home for abandoned children. They provide shelter, food, healthcare, education and overall development. They aim to give them a normal childhood so that the children can grow to be happy, independent and responsible citizens. The home is also recognized by CARA (Central Adoption & Resource Authority) and works to get the children adopted into good homes.

The children are mostly bought in by the Child Welfare Committee or through the police station. The police find the children abandoned in railway stations, bus stations etc. At times, the parents who can't take care of the children surrender them to the shelter home.

There are three types of Balgruhas ? $B!F(BPrathamik' for children from birth to 6 years, Kanishtha for children from 7 to 12 years, and Varishtha for children from 13 to 18 years. The girl children stay in the Ashram till the age of 18 years. The boys stay till the age of 6 after which they are referred to other shelter homes.

The Ashramkanyas, as the girls in the ashrams are lovingly called, attend different schools in the neighbourhood.

Health, well-being hygiene, basic needs, education, food and provisions are provided to the children staying in the homes. They are also coached in many co-curricular activities such as music, dance, and sports. The children also go on educational tours. Many activities like in-house competitions and workshops handicrafts,ceramic painting and mehandi are conducted so they can have holistic development.

The Ashramkanyas are grouped in houses and housekeepers are there to supervise them. There are qualified social workers who nurture them and look after their educational and emotional needs.

The girls above 18 years attend college or vocational courses based on their interests. They are also married through the Ashram on receiving suitable proposals.

This program covers the food and provisions of infants and toddlers who stay in the Bal Gruha homes. It also covers the staff salary which includes Social workers, nurse, attendants, house mothers, as well as electricity and telephone costs.

When you donate to this program, you help abandoned and destitute children grow up in a secure and loving environment.

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About The NGO

Shraddhanand Mahilashram
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Shraddhanand Mahilashram

Shraddhanand Mahilashram started in the year 1927 in memory of Swami Shraddhanandji (Munshiram). Starting as a shelter for women, the now have an old age home in Vasai, the Bal Gruha in Matunga, as well as two hostels.

Their main programmes include an orphanage and an old age home.

The homes have been operational for decades and are run in a traditional set-up. They run a home for girls, as well as boys up to the age of 5, beyond which they are sent to boys' shelters.

The orphanage has separate sections for babies, young girls, and older girls who are attending college.

Shraddhanand Mahilashram is involved in their entire upbringing, school, college, and even marriage, in care the girls want to get married.

The old age home is in Vasai, and has both paying and non-paying beneficiaries.

Bal Gruha houses the smallest kids, Adhar Gruha houses the older girls and there is an old age home for women above 60.

Shraddhanand Mahilashram works with a vision to help create a world free of destitute women and children.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Sumitra Paradkar

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Old age home | elderly

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Location of Work
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Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 December, 2022

Sponsor quality food and nutrition for abandoned children in a shelter home


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

All basic needs, food and other provisions are provided to the children staying at Shraddhanand Mahilashram. The children are admitted to the institution by the order of the Child Welfare Committee(CWC). Needy children from all over Mumbai can be referred by the CWC to our shelter, especially children from nearby areas such as Matunga, Dharavi, Sion, Dadar, mahim, Wadala, Sewri, etc. At present there are 126 children of ages 0 to 18 years in the Balgruh section of Shraddhanand Mahilashram. The institute is very particular about providing nutritious quality food to the children. The monthly diet chart is prepared by our House sub-committee. We also consider the preferences of our children which adds up to their enjoyment while savouring the food served to them.

Challenges faced and next steps

Funds received for this program are utilized to serve nutritious food to the children of all ages. Our visiting doctor recommends and prescribes a special diet for children who are under AKT. There is a separate diet chart for children who are under weight. A glass of turmeric milk is given to the children every day and as advised by the doctor, multivitamin and vitamin C tablets are also given to the children. In the months and years to come we will be providing healthy foods to the children as it is necessary for their growth and overall development including their academic performance.

Stories from the ground

From January 2022 to June 2022 there were 40 new admissions in the baby and toddler section of Shraddhanand Mahilashram. One story worth mentioning is that of a 3-month-old infant who was referred to our home for shelter care and protection, by an institute called Cute Child as per orders from the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). At the time of admission, the infant weighed 2.800 kgs and was 65 cm in height and was suffering from chronic dehydration and failure to thrive (FTT). A child with FTT is a child that does not gain weight at the expected rate. He suffered from symptoms of vomiting and was sleep deprived. He refused to make any eye contact. Our visiting doctor suggested that this baby could gain weight only if appropriate changes were incorporated in the baby's feeding pattern and was abundantly cared for and nurtured. We were also advised to hospitalize him. During hospitalization, a specialized doctor closely monitored the baby’s intake at every feeding and observed his urine, stools and vomiting. A chart of the child's weight every morning before the first feeding was duly maintained. After 14 days of hospitalization with proper treatment, the baby was discharged and sent to our home. At the time of discharge, the dietitian advised us about feeding liquid food initially for a few days and then gradually moving to solids. We were asked to observe the child's daily consumption of food and drink. Stress was laid on noting the calories consumed by the baby. The first 24 hours were crucial for us. We strictly followed the diet schedule as per the doctor's advice. After 1 week at our shelter home, the child had gained the desired weight. Within 6 months the baby had gained both weight and height as planned. Today the child is one years old with a weight of 9kg 130grams and a height of 65 and is thriving!

23 May, 2022

Helping children live again


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

All basic needs, food and other provisions are provided to the children staying in Shraddhanand Mahilashram. Children are admitted to the institution by the order of child welfare committee. Needy children from all over mumbai can be referred by the child welfare committee. Most often children from nearby areas of Mumbai like Matunga, Dharavi, Sion, Dadar, Mahim, Wadala, Sewri etc. are sent to the institution. At present there are 112 children of ages 0 to 18 years in the Balgruh of Shraddhananad Mahilaashram. The institute is very particular in providing quality food to the children therefore bimonthly menu chart is prepared by our house sub-committee. We also consider preference of our children which adds up to their enjoyment while savoring the food served to them.

Challenges faced and next steps

Funds received for this program are utilized to serve nutritious food to the children of all age group. Our visiting doctor recommends and prescribes special diet for children who are under AKT. There is a separate diet chart for children who are underweight. During current pandemic once in a day turmeric milk is given to the children and as advised by the doctor multi vitamin and vitamin c tablets are also given to the children. Owing to the support from the donors we could face and overcome all the challenges during lockdown to date. At present and for the months and years to come we will be providing healthy foods to children as it is necessary for their growth and overall development including their academic performance.

Stories from the ground

From July 2021 to December 2021 there were 38 new admissions in the Balgruh of Shraddhanand Mahilashram. One worth mentioning story for this program is that of a one-year-old cute female child referred to this institute for shelter, care and protection as per order from the child welfare committee. At the time of admission the child appeared to be very weak and malnourished. After the health check-up it was found that the child is underweight. The visiting doctor charted out a special diet for the child and the specialised staff members were assigned with duty to monitor the health progress of the said child. Within a month drastic health wise improvement could be seen in the child. Now the child is staying in this institute and is doing well !

28 November, 2021

The Hindu Women's Welfare Society, Shraddhanand Mahilashram


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Shraddhanand Mahilashram cares for children right from the infancy stage. The children are referred by the child welfare committee of Mumbai city.Getting their medical examination, admitting them to school a few immediate steps are taken when they come to the ashram.All the children have a routine setup. Prayers and suryanamaskar in morning, breakfast, attend online classes standard wise, evening assembly and recreation and dinner.Two teachers take their follow up on studies and on In house Balwadi.The Children take print in Inter-house Competitions such as drawing, dance, sports, skit, essay, etc. They also participate in festivals.The Housemothers look after their meals. The menu is planned with seasonally available fruits and vegetables.They play games such as carom, Table Tennis, Badminton and also watch TV over the weekends. There is a doctor who visits twice a week & medical records are kept in the dispensary. The children and girls are well looked after and maintain good health and menstrual hygiene.

Challenges faced and next steps

During Covid-19 Pandemic moving out of the ashram was not possible. The children and girls in groups learnt to be together and support emotionally each other.In January & February, they were taken in small groups to shop, garden and visited the railway station close by.Many workshops were held online Dance classes, Mime workshops, etc. Arts-Based Therapy is conducted once a week.The children with disabilities also attend online classes and Housemothers take efforts to see that they too have access to special Education. The older girls have learnt to stitch masks, market bags, embroidery and painting on them. Bedsheets and Bed covers are also made by them.

Stories from the ground

During summer vacation the children under 12 years attended the “Chintam Pintam” workshop with all activities in which the children actively participated and enjoyed learning to make new things.The girls who cleared the HSC exams were guided by Dist. Women & Child Development office to take up a course in handling medical emergencies. This course is free and 4 of our girls have enrolled for the same.Other young women took up an English speaking course of 3 months Sponsored by “Enguru”. The young women are counselled by the visiting psychologist. They are given choices to pursue their career choice or seek job placements. Lovely (Name Changed)was admitted to the Ashram through the police on 30/08/2018 for rehabilitation. She is originally from West Bengal and did not speak Hindi well. After receiving proper education and counselling from time to time from the ashram she could get adjusted to this environment which was totally unfamiliar for her. This led to the overall development of Lovely. She is currently studying at Shishu Vihar Secondary School.

23 March, 2021

Providing nutritious food to children in the institution


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The day starts with a healthy breakfast for all the children. Afternoon from 12pm to 2.30pm is their lunch time then evening snacks at 4pm and dinner starts from 7.30pm till 9.00pm, four times a day nutritious food is being served to the children of all age group. New, during this pandemic once in a day we give turmeric milk to the children and to boost their immunity as advised by our doctor multivitamin and vitamin C tablets are also given to the children. Every two months menu chart is being prepared by our committee. We also consider the taste and preference of our children which adds up to their enjoyment while savoring the food served to them.

5 August, 2020

The soul is healed by being with children


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The soul is healed by being with children

At Shraddhanand Mahilashram's child care institution currently, we are working for 106 children who are in between the age of 0 to 18 years. In consultation with our pediatrician we prepare healthy menu chart and ensure that balanced diet with all vitamins, carbohydrates, protiens, minerals and fats are being provided to the children as the requirements changes of each age group atsthe body needs changes with the child growing; breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner are served to the children by the caregivers everyday which are made sure to be full of nutritious and healthy food to maintain their balanced diet. To keep the children entertained throughout the year we also celebrate Annual day, daily Fun filled activities are arranged for children as children mostly enjoy playing most of the times. Our children also participated in Balmahostav and thoroughly enjoyed the celebration of Republic Day.

3 December, 2019

Children receiving nutritious meals


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Children receiving nutritious meals

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Conducted various competitions like dance, strait, song, rangoli etc. There were project presentation by the children an different topics. All festivals were celebrated. Children participated in Handball tournament held at Goa.
Ashram Kanyas also attended and took part in the camps organised by other NGO. A part from picnics and outings Study tour and excursions were arranged for younger as well as older group. Sessions on topics like Personality development, IQ, Disaster management, Gender sensitization were conducted. Outdoor Sports competition were also organised for kids and older ashram kanyas. Short term Mehendi and cooking courses were organised. Tailoring class has been started for kanyas who are interested in stitching and embroidery.
Every month birthdays are celebrated as a grand event collectively whose birth date falls on that particular month.

Story from the field

A 12 years old, stout girl child with chubby chicks, round face , twinkling dark eyes came to Ashram through transfer from another NGO. She was a daughter a single parent. She had only mother who was not capable to look after her. After some time her mother disappeared. We tried our level best to search her but in vain. The girl was disturbed emotionally. After several counseling session we could make her emotionally stable. She passed her SSC exam with average marks. She was good in sports. She wanted to be a police and to help the younger missing children to fine out their parents. She filled up a recruitment. She joined Railway Police Department. After completion of 0 and half months training she was posted in Mumbai Railway Police as Constable. At a present she is deputed as head constable. During 21 years of her services, she has successfully restored several missing children to their parents after completion of all legal formalities. She has received 54 departmental rewards for her good work during service.
She was well behaved and confident girl. Her Senior colleague asked her for marriage with his son who was working in same department. She directed them to Ashram. Ashram enquired about the guy and his family . After completion of certain formalities their marriage was fixed and performed through the Ashram. Presently she is leading happy married life with two children. She is entitled to have all service facilities for police department. Her children are also studying well.
We are proud other that she is civil service and doing well in her career as well as in her family responsibilities.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?189
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date189
Village/City/State where project is locatedMatunga
Total Budget for the project for FY18-192500000
Total Expenses for the project YTD1935068