Sponsor the food expenses of homeless vulnerable children by Sahaara, Mumbai

Sponsor the food expenses of homeless vulnerable children

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Four-year-old malnourished Caleb receives the strength to grow up to become a football player

Caleb was a destitute boy who lived in the slums of Mumbai.

His living environment was not conducive to his emotional and physical well being, characterized by struggles.

When he was just 4 years old, he began to face severe health conditions because of poverty and neglect.

It was then that one of Mahima's staff identified Caleb and took him under their care. He was enrolled in the shelter home.

Mahima Home has taken Caleb into their care. The two house parents and the staff take care of him and nurture him like family.

As a top priority, Caleb was put through a complete medical checkup. He received a special diet of eggs, bread, milk, protein-rich foods, whole wheat, rice, lentils, and vegetables. He also received beverages, biscuits, and fruits.

He also received supplements like tonics and medication. With proper diet and care, his weight and health status improved. He soon overcame malnutrition. His weight and health status soon became age-appropriate.

Once he was strong again, he was enrolled in a good school.

Today, Caleb is an energetic and skilled football player today who enjoys playing for his school team!

He is a good student in his English medium school. He is ready to face his future with physical and mental strength and vitality.

You can also help poor children like Caleb with quality food and nutrition that they deserve. You can support organizations like Sahaara help more children who otherwise grow up suffering from malnutrition. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.

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About The Program

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Program Description

Sahaara’‘s ‘‘Mahima Children’‘s Home’‘ is a shelter for parentless children and children whose parents are unable to look after them. The Home was started in July 1999 with only a couple of children.

Donations to the program contribute to the food, milk, and clothing for one child at the center.

The home was started with the aim to provide shelter to homeless and desolate children, including street children and neglected slum children.

These destitute children are easy and helpless victims of abuse and bad influences. They are desperately in need of a family, and that is what the Mahima Children’‘s Home provides them.

The home is a haven for boys who are either orphans, have terminally ill parents, or are children of trafficked women who are unable to care for them.

Mahima provides these children with more than just their basic needs. Holistic rehabilitation is offered to fourteen children through a home environment with dedicated caregivers.

At Mahima, they believe that this is just the beginning.

In a family atmosphere, these boys are nurtured and raised to believe that dreams that were once far away are now within their grasp!

Starting with 2 children, the home currently houses 14 children.

When you donate to this program, you give vulnerable children a safe home and good nutrition that they need to be healthy. This amount sponsors the fortnightly food expenses a child.

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About The NGO

Sahaara, Mumbai
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Sahaara, Mumbai

SCS was started when a group of Mumbai citizens felt stirred by the abject poverty and dire needs of the poor in their neighbourhood. Today the work of SCS spans across Mumbai to impact several vulnerable people groups.

Mr. Max Fernand joined Sahaara in July 2012 and is currently its CEO. He began his career in a NGO dealing with education and with the mentally handicapped before joining as foreign exchange broker. He has worked 22 years as a foreign exchange broker and rose from a junior trader to head of a trading desk in a broking house that was among the top three in revenues in the country before joining Sahaara. He was also on the board of Sahaara from 2002 to 2011.

Full time staff - 55

Part time staff - 2

Consultants - 2

Total Receipts for 2015-2016 - INR 47976328

Total Payments for 2015-2016 - INR 42498917

Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year

Number of children taken good care of and growing holistically - 14

Number of children helped in supplementary education and graduated to the next grade - 153

Number of children growing in awareness and confidence - 14

Number of children taught how to use basic Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel and Word software - 50

Number of children provided with meals during the day resulting in good physical, mental and emotional growth - 14

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

K Xavier Selvan

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education | children

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Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2012: Quality Initiative Mission Award 2013 for Innovation and Excellence in School Education

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Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Verification Report 2

Program Updates

Program Updates

30 June, 2022

Provision of food and nutrition to vulnerable children


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

About Mahima Boys’ Hostel: The red-light areas are a harsh place for any child to grow up in. The high level of exposure to risk and lack of opportunities pose a threat to the child’s future.

Sahaara Charitable Society works with the victims of commercial sex exploitation in the red-light districts and runs education centers for their vulnerable children, who are prone to abuse, neglect, and second-generation trafficking.

Through our work in the red-light areas, we identify the most at-risk children of female sex workers and admit them to the Sahaara education hostels with the consent of their parents. Here they are provided with safe accommodation, wholesome nutrition, mental wellness, and quality English-medium education. This is undertaken with the goal of offering a safe environment for their holistic development through Individual Care Plans (ICPs).

Concurrently, we also work towards reintegrating their parents towards a lifestyle of safety and stability so that the child can ultimately be restored to the family in a 5 to 7 year window period. We achieve this through developing and implementing focused Individual Reintegration Plans (IRPs) that ensure literacy through educational support and skills building, and the development of a responsible mindset through behavioral change, leading to safe and stable livelihood opportunities.

At Sahaara, we believe that reintegrating the whole family will break the cycle of abuse and injustice and lead to lasting change.

About the health and nutrition intervention: The food menu has been prepared by a certified nutritionist and has been customized to the health status of the children in order to ensure that their BMI parameters are in compliance with the WHO standards and that they develop good health and immunity.

Nutritious meals were provided to 20 children during the reporting period. The children are provided with breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner.

As a routine, we also maintain the height and weight records of the children. It was observed that there had been an increase in height in 19 children and an increase in weight in 18 children.

We have also been giving Vitamin C tablets to 20 children to build their immunity.

Challenges faced and next steps

No significant challenges were faced in this area of the program.

In order to mitigate the risk of COVID-related lockdowns and the associated challenge of procuring food items, we ensured that the kitchen supplies were stocked for a period of one month at a time.

A quarterly evaluation of the child's health status and necessary changes to the food menu and other recommended health interventions will be made to ensure improved health.

Stories from the ground

Arun* is an 11-year old boy from Mahima Boy’s Hostel. Before the pandemic, Arun was in another hostel that had to be shut down as a consequence of the pandemic. He was then sent back to his mother in the Turbhe red light area, and his education was stopped. It is a matter of high risk for any child to live in a red-light area. Therefore, upon Arun’s mother’s request, he was admitted to Mahima Boy’s Hostel in July 2021.

When Arun came to the hostel, he was physically weak and underweight. The hostel staff, therefore, took measures to ensure that Arun was meeting his nutritional needs through the food provided in the hostel as well as through necessary vitamin supplements. Through the health and nutrition intervention, Arun’s health started improving over the months.

He was also admitted to an English-medium school to continue with his education after a year’s break. Arun was really happy to go back to school.

He is grateful for the support provided by Sahaara. Arun dreams of becoming an engineer and is working hard to fulfill that dream.

*Name changed to protect participant identity.

28 November, 2021

Provision of food and nutrition to vulnerable children


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

o 16 Boys were provided with wholesome nutrition during the month. o A new menu was designed in May 2021 by Superintendent and Program Manager. o The ration of the hostel was purchased during the quarter every month in advance due to the Lockdown and to ensure sufficient stock in the Hostel. The meals in the hostel were compliant with the set menu.o The quality of food provided to the children for their holistic development has always been maintained well at the home. The children enjoy the meals that they are provided with. o There has been an improvement in the height and weight of the children.o The children are also given vitamin supplements regularly to keep their immune systems healthy. They are also given deworming tablets regularly. All of these factors help ensure the good health of the children with the food that is provided in the homes.

Challenges faced and next steps

No challenges were faced. We presently have 20 children in the hostel and will be providing them with food and nutrition daily.

Stories from the ground

Sunil* is an active 12 years old boy. He is studying in the 7th grade at present. Sunil has been in Mahima hostel for the past three years. His mother is originally from Nagpur. She lost her contract job and had to come to Mumbai to earn a living and pay off her debt. This is when her friend got her into the sex trade. During this time, she had kept her children in a night shelter. During one of Sahaara’s field visits, the team got in touch with Sunil’s mother and she expressed her interest to leave the red light area. Upon enrolment in the reintegration program of Sahaara, she participated in several mentoring sessions. She also wished for a safe environment for her child Sunil and therefore, Sunil was admitted to Mahima hostel. From the time Sunil has come to Mahima, there has been an improvement in his health as the food provided is nutritious and healthy. He is also coping with his studies and performing satisfactorily. Sunil now has a hope of a better future and the guidance he needs to pursue his dreams.

23 March, 2021

Truly, Health is wealth


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The boys have always had a good appetite and they eat well and are healthy. There is a good mix of meals with their activities which helps them utilize and build their strength accordingly. Due to this, they have great immune system and are not very prone to diseases and illnesses that can bear them down. Other than the occasional cough and cold, they haven’t become sick. They regularly play football and other outdoor games in the society compound.

Despite the lockdown constraints, the staff was able to maintain a healthy diet for all the children at the home. There were some fluctuations with the prices of food that needed to be purchased as per the recommendation for their nutritional needs. All the meals provided to the children are as per the recommended diet of a professional nutritionist.

The quality of food provided to the children for their holistic development has always been maintained well at the home. The children enjoy the meals that they are provided with. The children are also given vitamin supplements on a regular basis to keep their immune system healthy. They are also given de-worming tablets on a regular basis. All of these factors help ensure the good health of the children with the food that is provided in the homes.

5 July, 2020

Good health paves way for better life outcomes


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Good health paves way for better life outcomes

Having met the children's nutritional needs, they perform exceedingly well at school and extra curricular activities.
The boys are being given food as per the Menu set by the nutritionist.
The children are healthy and involved in Sports and Co-Curricular Development:
2 boys received Certificates for coming 1st in different Running Races in School.
2 boys received Certificates for coming 1st and 2nd in ‘Langdi’ Race in School.
1 boy received a Certificate for coming 1st in Marble and Spoon Race in School.