There are more than 11m abandoned children in India, where a growing number of newborn babies are being dumped anonymously in cots placed outside orphanages/Adoption centers in an initiative to deter infanticide. About 90% of those abandoned are girls whose poor young mothers cannot afford to keep them. They face a bleak future as beggars, prostitutes or menial laborers if families cannot be found for them. To prevent this many Non Government organizations have opened up orphanages across India. Our Care giving girl orphanage program is associated with such Orphanages, which are run my Non Government and charitable organizations.
Our team works at these orphanages to make a difference in the lives of deprived and neglected children. Volunteers work assist staff at the orphanage to help keep the premises clean and the children clean, developing new extra curricular activities, supporting orphans by playing games, songs, dancing, drawing pictures, teaching English, computers etc. Volunteers are especially encouraged to talk to kids about hygiene practices, safety, marriages, women issues, importance of education, being self-dependent and self-esteem. You can contribute immensely if your individual skills and interests match the needs of the project. Right placement becomes essential to make the most of your efforts.
Remember: “You will also be a role model, showing them that it is possible for women to be educated and independent, something they aren’t exactly used to seeing. You are an inspiration to them!”. Children above 5 years of age go to regular school where as the smaller girls stay at the orphanage. Samaritans work during school works with the small children(if any) and after school hours work with older kids. Generally volunteers work in after school hours for about 4-5 hours per day for 5 days per week.