Abandoned at two by her own mother, Chandra becomes a successful paramedical professional
Chandra was two years old when her mother abandoned her. The Juvenile Welfare Board and the police tried to talk to her. She said that she wanted to give up the child because she couldn't take care of her.
The police were then told by the Juvenile Welfare Board to find a shelter home for the child. They admitted Chandra to the Bal Gruha run by the Shraddhanand Mahilashram.
Chandra 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.
Chandra was an intelligent girl. She stood first in school in her Secondary School Certificate exam. She completed her Higher Secondary from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey College.
She pursued her interest in the paramedical field. She got her Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technician course.
She started her career as an assistant lab technician in a pathological lab. Due to her hard work and dedication, in a few months she was promoted to a lab technician. At work, she met a boy who was also working as a lab technician proposed marriage to her.
Shraddhanand Mahilashram, through their marriage committee blessed their proposal.
Now, Chandra is happily married. She and her husband are now parents of a boy.
Many children like Chandra who would have grown up on the streets with no future are now happy and contributing members of the society.
Your help can make many more abandoned and destitute children like Chandra find a safe shelter. You can donate to their living and medical expenses in the shelter home. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.
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What the beneficiary gets
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 cost of medicines and sanitation of over 100 children 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.
28 November, 2021
The Hindu Women's Welfare Society, Shraddhanand Mahilashram
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.Janhvi Shinde std 7th won a consolation prize in “Balvigyanik” a project on renewable energy. Pooja Jadhav scored 82.20% and came 3rd in her school (Shishu vihar) in S.S.C. 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. Due to the Pandemic year, many of them were restricted indoors but are now seeking employment outside. They are strictly following the Covid-19 guidelines laid down by the Government. If they go out for a course or job they are made to stay in the Hostel building adjoining the ashram to avoid interaction with other ashram girls.
23 March, 2021
Shelter , care, protection and rehabilitation of chiildren
Shraddhanand Mahilashram cares for children right from the infancy stage. We prepare the children for social life, children are provided regular schooling , college education and vocational training. We have a full fledged computer lab where in we train our children for computer course. We have a few children with multiple disabilities for them physiotherapy is being provided. During this pandemic we are taking all necessary steps to keep the children safe from the risk of harm arising out of COIVD-19. Children are attending online classes and different in house activities/ events like fashion show, dance competition , Rangoli competition , sports, lantern making, cooking competition etc are conducted which refreshes them and helps in enhancing individual creativity and team spirit.
5 August, 2020
It's never too late to have a happy childhood
It's never too late to have a happy childhood
At Shraddhanand Mahilashram Children in the age group of 0 to 18 are housed in separate dormitories. We have specialized staff of doctors, nurses and other professionals like social workers, psychologist, special educator etc. to ensure the overall wellbeing of the children. Children of respective age are
given proper education in the neighboring schools. We conduct in-house competition like song, dance, drawing, rangoli and project presentation. We also conducted motivational activities, ongoing BOSCH bridge course, conducted excursion to Children's museum Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya . We make sure to keep the children entertained throughout the year we also celebrate Annual day, and arrange for daily fun filled activities for our children as children mostly enjoy playing most of the times considering their age . Our children have also participated in Balmahostav and loved the celebration of Republic Day.
3 December, 2019
Children enjoying fun activities
Children enjoying fun activities
22 July, 2019
Conducted various competition 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
2-3 yrs old innocent girl was admitted through police by the order of JWB. She had a mother but was unable to take care of her little daughter. After sometimes we came to know that her mother also expired. She was an intelligent girl. She stood first in school as well as in Ashram in her S.S.C. exam. She was interested in science faculty and wanted do her career in Para medical profession. She completed her H.S.C. from SNDT college in science faculty. She did one year nursing course Android Institute. She worked with a known a doctor for some time College Ghatkopar, which was Govt. recognized college. After completion of this diploma, she joined a well known pathological lab, as an assistant lab technician. Within few months she was promoted as a lab technician. She worked there for about 10 yrs.
There she met a boy who also was working as a lab technician. He proposed her for marriage. She informed Ashram people regarding this marriage proposal. After through enquiry and completion of certain procedure,their marriage was performed through Ashram. She is blessed with two children. She used to stay jointly with her in - laws. Since she wanted to complete her house and hold responsibilities,she worked o part time basis on the project work for K.E.M . hospital. She took break when her mother in law was bed ridden. Her mother in law expired. Her children also have grown up. She again started working.
Presently she s working with a well known pathological lab in Mumbai as a lab assistant. She takes care of one of the center of this lab. She is happy with her job. Her husband also works as lab technician in one of the municipals hospitals.She is leading a happy marital life. She is good mother also. Her son is school going. He plays basket ball. He has received Gold medal in this field. We appreciate her potentials of handling situation with care and responsibility.
|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-Date||189|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Matunga|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||2500000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||1935068|