Noida, Uttar Pradesh
To provide love, food, education, health opportunities,
clothes, shelter and a life
of dignity to abandoned and orphaned children.
Project Report: April to October
Bal Kutir has a total of 25 children
(the uppermost limit as per license)
at present, with the inclusion
of two new children, and the transfer
of one of the older girls to YWCA,
Jaisingh Road. Except for one child,
Akshay, aged 2 years, all others
are attending the Bal Kutir School,
SAI SHIKSHA SANSTHAN, from this
academic session onwards. The two new
15 years, who was brought to Bal Kutir by one of
the local residents. An adopted
child, she was abandoned by her
adoptive mother who remarried after
her adoptive father's death.
Shreya has adjusted well at the
Bal Kutir and attends SAI SHIKSHA
2. Mumtaz, aged
11 years, was brought to the Bal Kutir after the
"poojari" of a local temple found
her lying abandoned with head injuries.
She was well cared for at Bal Kutir
and upon her full recovery, was
admitted to SAI SHIKSHA SANSTHAN,
which she attends regularly.
However, being illiterate, she's
a bit slow in picking up her studies.
Basanti aged 15 1/2 or so, has been
transferred to the YWCA Hostel in
August. Being with small
children all the time, she was more inclined
to play rather than learn some
vocation. It was felt that a new
environment may make her realize
the need to learn something and spend
time more constructively.
Excursions/Outings - Apart from
being involved in their daily activities,
chores and revision of school lessons,
the summer vacations were spent
by the children planning and looking
forward to their annual
excursion, which however got considerably
delayed due to lack of funds.
However a timely donation saved
the trip from being canceled. The
children were taken on a 10 day
trip to Vaishno Devi, the Bhakra-Nangal
Dam and Nek Chand's Rock Garden,
during the second half of June.
Another outing was a 2 day trip
in August to Agra, to see the Taj Mahal
and Fatehpur Sikri. A local picnic
was also organized in August itself
to see the beautiful Lotus Temple
near Nehru Place. All the trips and
picnics were completely enjoyed
by the children.
Vocational Training Centre (VTC)-
SAIKRIPA's VTC is doing well.
This time of the year is usually
exceptionally busy, due to the festival
season. The tailoring and
candle making units are a hub of activity as
are also the decoration of terra-cotta
items, and the carpentry unit.
Other Major Supporters - Apart from
CRY and CIF our major supporters.
1. American Express
(India) Ltd. - who have arranged to set up a
Computer Centre and an Electronic
workshop in our school SAI SHIKSHA
2. Cornell Trading Company,
Okhla - who are helping the school in
setting up a library as well as
Sarada Mission - who have provided various material
objects for the children as well
as for use in the Bal Kutir.
4. Aman Exports
- who have been providing mineral water for the
children since one year.
5. Very many well-wishers,
who have spent time as well as provided
support and blessings which SAIKRIPA
will always cherish and be ever
Though the present seems good
SAIKRIPA is constantly worried about
making the future of its children
secure. It has expressed to CRY the
following problems :
The first step in this direction
is to get land for a permanent place
for home BAL KUTIR as well as for
the school, SAI SHIKSHA SANSTHAN.
Relentless efforts in this direction
have been made but without success
so far. With the children
at Bal Kutir as well as their needs growing
in leaps and bounds, space at Bal
Kutir is becoming a problem.
The present living quarters themselves
are in a very poor condition
with excessive seepage, leading
to the plastering coming off. Serious
water problems exist due to old,
broken and rusted pipe lines through which
even the sewage water gets mixed,
making it dangerous for human consumption.
Another requirement is for a vehicle
minibus, jeep or a car for the
Bal Kutir, as well as if possible,
a bus for the school,SAI SHIKSHA
SAIKRIPA has also requested CRY
to help it to get land for the home -
Bal Kutir, as well as for the school,
SAI SHIKSHA SANSTHAN.
Review April to September'97
The last 6 months have been fairly eventful for Saikripa.
There are a total of 24 children at the Bal Kutir
of whom 18 are attending the Saikripa school at Vazidpur. Four children
are undergoing vocational training and two are infants.
Three new children were brought to the centre by the local
residents, however, they were all restored to their parents within a couple
The income generating projects being undertaken at present
which include tailoring are doing well. This is due
to the festival season whereby the products can be
sold through various `melas' (fairs) organized for `Pooja' and `Diwali'.
This year orders were recieved for the products and those involved
with the vocational centre have been busy. Saikripa has been
making steady progress towards financial indpendence.
Rs. 1,41,120/- was disbursed to Saikripa
in March for the period April to September'97.
volunteer's visit to SaiKripa