Sunday, January 8, 2006

My experience at Vatsalya Sindhu Orphanage

Hello folks,
 
Yesterday, I visited the Vatsalya Sindhu Orphanage located at Moulali, Tarnaka.
I must say I was very impressed with the whole setup and the children there.
It has 25 children (all boys between ages 4 and 15) who are mostly orphans and in some cases have a single parent. It is running since 1989 by Keshava Seva Samithi. Basically it was founded by RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). 
 
Funding wise, they run on individual sponsorship only. They don't have any government funds. But, they are well organized as of today.
 
Needs-wise, they have 2 recurring needs: Food and education-related expenses. They do not accept cooked food and old clothes. Other than that, anything is fine.  But, the most important need they have is that people like us visit them and spend time with the children . These children have a psychology of being left out/neglected by the society. So, they need our love and affection and time.
 
The main web-site for the supporting organization is http://www.sevabharathi.org  and the Vatsalya Sindhu orphanage's (that I have visited) web-page is http://www.sevabharathi.org/​vatsalyasindhu.htm .
 
I did ask them if we can bring children from the streets to the orphanage. They said it is possible but the child has to go through an admission process (performed by RSS pracharak) to determine if the child is really in need and the legalities around it to determine the background of the child.
 
Let me give you a picture of the place. There are two people, Mr. And Mrs. Nemani, who have left their personal lives behind and live at the orphanage to take care of the place. Mrs. Nemani cooks and cleans and Mr. Nemani looks after other activities. The boys have a very disciplined day every single day. Things are done time to time on a proper schedule. Example, they wake up 5 am daily and go for running. They read hanumaan chalisa daily evening from 7 -7:30. They do get to play for 1-2 hours in the evening. They do have a TV but they watch the educational channels and mythological stories. They are given food at the right times. They go to the Saraswathi Sishu Mandir school (government school on SSC board). The boys are very adorable. Some of them are talented in music and arts, etc.  The idea is that these boys have come from different background and have formed different ideas accordingly. So, lot of emphasis is to inculcate good values, affection, and discipline in their minds. They also have 3 cows there to take care of their dairy needs. There is also a garden where the boys do the landscaping. It is a very pleasant atmosphere. 
 
So, that's it for now. In my next email, I will tell you whether what's the plan for the upcoming sunday, Jan 15th, 06.
 
Regards,
Hema

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