THE ADMISSION OF ORPHAN CHILDREN
IS INEXTRICABLY LINKED WITH THE HISTORY OF ASHA VIHAR
Due to different causes, mainly poverty, neglect and death of one or both parents, children were admitted regularly over the years. In our children’s village they receive secure nourishment, protection, loving care and education. Our children live in the Sishu Gram (Bengali for Children’s Village) of Asha Vihar – a separate area from the rest of the clinic. There is a house for girls and one for boys. Three carers lovingly take care of the children. They, too, live on the grounds of the children’s village.
Asha Vihar is located in the second-poorest state of India. The children from the lowest castes have little chance of a future without hunger and poverty. Malnutrition, high infant mortality and educational malaise are ubiquitous. An almost inescapable vicious circle.
Therefore, children who have lost one or both parents or whose families are so poor that they can not feed them, much less send them to school, have always been accepted into Asha Vihar. These children receive a loving home, good education and vocational training from us. The vicious circle of poverty is thus effectively broken. There are currently 34 children in Asha Vihar. In June 2016, we admitted 7 new children – 5 girls and 2 boys. The admission of another 7 children is planned for the near future.
The education of our children is very important to us. To enable them to lead a self-determined life as adults, the Johar Society finances the schooling of children up to the highest possible level of education for them, followed by further vocational training.
Several of our orphans have already completed training and work in other cities or in Asha Vihar. At present, Ahelia and Kabita are in Nelor, South India, where they are training to become nurses.
THE CHILDREN’S VILLAGE
In our children’s village Sishu Gram (Bengali for “Children’s Village”) our children receive everything they need to live: loving care, 3 meals a day, space to play and study, and education. Our children live in their own area, separated from the rest of the clinic. There is a twin house for girls and one for boys. Furthermore, there is the so-called Mud House, where the children do their homework and come together for daily meditation. A volleyball court and gardens where flowers and vegetables are planted emphasize the character of the Sishu Gram as a small idyll designed for the needs of the children. Three employees lovingly take care of the children. They also live on the grounds of the children’s village, in their own house.
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