It gives us great joy to greet you and to update you on the happenings at Sangita.
Most of you are aware that we moved into the new orphanage building that we were building for the past 3 years. We are so glad that we were able to move in on the 24th of April...the day our daughter sangita was born. Through her brief life Sangita continues to give life to the many underprivileged children and women. The new home is an amazing building for about 10000sq.ft exclusively for the children to stay comfortably. There are 3 sleeping units, a study area, a dining area, an indoor play area, kitchen and service rooms. The orphange has a large outdoor play area with 2 soccer courts, 2 volleyball courts, cricket field and a spacious play area. The children enjoy playing outdoors.
There are 88 children at present at the sangita home. 54 of them go to school...20 children go to pre-school and the remaining small children enjoy all through the day at the home playing, watching videos and sleeping.
54 children go to school - from class lower kinder garden unto the third grade. The children enjoy the bus ride from the home to their school which Is about 8kms from the home. The children study in English medium Schools and they are doing much better than we had expected. 20 children below the age of 5 go to pre-school that prepares them to attend regular school when they complete 5 years. The children have private tutions for 2 hours everyday in the evenings to help them in their studies. Teachers for the special tutions are hired on a part time basis to teach the children.
Children at Sangita Home go through regular medical checks 4 times a year. During the month of July we had the medical check up and the doctor was pleased at the healthy condition of the children.
On 15th August, we had our Independence day celebrations at Sangita campus. The Indian flag was hoisted with all due respects and the children enjoyed Sports and games that were conducted for them.
Another new attraction for the children is a spacious outdoor play area. The children enjoy the evenings playing outdoors. Play equipments are provided for all age groups . These play equipments are designed to improve their stamina and physical growth.
As most of your know that our children are from the surrounding leprosy colonies, children of commercial sex workers, children of beggars, children of poor single parents, abandoned children and orphans. Our intention is that the children grow up with good education and values in life so that they can go back into their communities and bring transformation to their community. We have come to understand the reality that these kids who are left uncared for in their communities could soon turn out to be criminals and anti social elements. We encourage their parents or relatives or any connected persons to visit the children once in 3 months at our premises. They spend few hours with the children. This time on 11th September, it was a very special occasion because the visitors were very amazed and grateful for the place the children live and the way they are provided for with education and other facilities. It was very encouraging for us.
Every month the Widows program takes place at the sangita community centre. There are at present 300 widows registered in the program. The widows are greatly benefitted by the food provisions that we give them every month. The widows look forward to this program. They eagerly look forward to the Christmas month when they will receive a new sari, a new bed sheet and special lunch for all the 300 widows.
The need to sustain this project for 88 children their education and all the other needs , staff and the widows is increasing each month.