How we started this Project
This Project became the lightening rod for Sahaita after reading an article in Tribune in March 2005 describing the dire situation of an 80+ year old woman trying to take care of 60+ children.
Previously, this was a sole Red Cross institution, and due to other priorities and lack of funds this facility was being neglected. The whole facility infra-structure was in need of repair due to the fact that there was only a single care taker responsible for its upkeep. Bal Bhawan’s campus had two schools; one was for the children mentally challenged and other a Government school for normally active Children. Education level was sub-standard and majority of children were not successful in passing their classes. The serving of the meals was dependent on the availability of donors and food.
Sahaita took over the Bal Bhawan facility with the understanding and goal to provide all these children with a better future and to live a life of dignity and knowing that someone cared and they were wanted. These children had already suffered a great deal in life, and continuous suffering may sometimes become a drastic step in life where they lose trust and respect for society as a whole.
Sahaita India conducted an overall review of the Bal Bhawan facility and discovered the need for renovation and structure support in order to make it a better and safer living place for the children. After the overall facility review, the Sahaita Indian team made a list of the items that required immediate attention and those that could be delayed until a later time. The list of items and associated budget requirements were submitted to Sahaita Inc. After the budget review and discussion, the board understood the importance of allocating the required budget in order to support the needs of these children. The board was fully aware of the fact that they hand in their hands a great the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the Bal Bhawan children by building self confidence and self worth through education. In addition, the parents of these children will have a greater confidence that their children were getting the level of care they required. Given that the Bal Bhawan children came from different family situations, diverse cultures, and the environment they found themselves in resulted in behavioral issues that required addressing.