Community Development & Upliftment

Vatsalya Trust Mumbai, India

Neha Devi on October 17, 2018 in Food & Shelter

India is country widely known for its cultural heritage, traditions, civilization, religion and geographical features and the unforgettable history. But at the same time, it is famous for male chauvinism and underdeveloped education system. Where women are said to be the first priority of the house, they are badly treated in the family and society. They are limited only for the household chores or understand the responsibility of home and family members. They are kept totally blind to their rights and own development. The title ‘Bharat-Mata’ has long lost its true meaning as the situation is opposite to what it is being portrayed. Bharat-Mata means a mother of every Indian whom we have to save and care always. Prevalence of Child labour, low girl child literacy ratio, lack of coverage and unawareness has led backwardness in India. Child rights have been snatched away from them since birth and education is a concept that is farfetched India might have gained independence decades ago but the struggle has not yet ended.

Vatsalya Trust Mumbai is a non-profit organization that was established in 1983 with the primary objective of caring for and rehabilitating destitute children through its orphanage as well as other social programs. Over the years, the Trust’s focus areas have extended beyond just the caring of destitute children, to include women’s empowerment and education efforts.  The name ‘Vatsalya’, a Sanskrit word meaning affection, was considered appropriate for naming the Trust, as it works for the welfare of children and provides various facilities for their social and economic upliftment. The Vatsalya Foundation was initiated as a field action project of the College, and it has today changed the course of life for many individuals and families changing not only their present but also the future. Vatsalya believes that every child is born with an exceptional talent and the ability to grow and develop as a responsible individual in the mainstream society. It ensures that their potentials are correctly tapped and channelized to the optimum. The policy to accept children as partners and not mere beneficiaries is a unique characteristic of Vatsalya and a good example of its faith in them.

The Vatsalya team members reach out to children at various contact points on the streets, pavements, railway station platforms, market places, theatres, places of tourist and religious interest. At these points the Vatsalya workers see and understand the children in their natural environment and address their immediate problems and needs. The various programs started under the Ngo include Rural Programme – a pre-primary education through the Learning Centers set up in tribal padas /villages where the services of the government-run Anganwadis do not reach, Lufthansa project- to empower young women by providing income generation and other development inputs. Goatery- the project is aimed towards providing livelihood opportunity to widow and poor women in Murbad taluka, The Self-Help Groups- encourage entrepreneurship amongst women and, more importantly, pave a way for women's empowerment, and many more. The organization also conducts various vocational courses such as: tailoring, fashion designing, beautician, and henna application, etc. for girls at the Balikashram as well as other women from economically weaker section of the society.

Great things are done by the series of small things done together. Vatsalya trust has been taking small yet successful steps towards changing the dim future into something big and bright.

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