Orphanage Update: February/March 2014

There are currently 32 children living at Ashanilaya and after May, that number will increase to more than 50 children! All of the new children are orphans–with either no parents at all or single parents that are unable to take care of them.

10 children from the Egipura Slum come to Ashanilaya daily–where they receive after-school tuition and supplementary nutrition.

Health & Hygiene:

At Ashanilaya, they have a solar water heating system and the children are able to have hot water for their daily baths. Purified water is regularly given to the children for drinking purposes.

Events & Celebrations: 

Mahashivaratri:

Children went to the nearby Sri Rama Temple during the day. They prayed there and returned to the orphanage. The children enjoyed a school holiday.  It is a common practice in many villages in India for women to join together and spend the whole night singing bhajans. Some of our women staff from the villages did that, but our girls in Ashanilaya preferred to watch from Ashanilaya terrace the cultural program that was put up at the NGV Club beyond our compound wall. They enjoyed the show free of cost as there were some famous bollywood actresses too.

Participation in School Cultural Program: 

Sulochana and Poongody had a Cultural Day in their School. They dressed in saris and attended the Program. This is the first time in their life that they were wearing saris and were very excited.

Final Exams: 

All the children have started their final exams. Their finals will be over on March 25. After finals are over, the children will enjoy a long summer vacation.

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