We are recognized by the Government of Maharashtra as a Child Care Institution under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection ) Act. 2015. Earlier this section was named "Balgruh" - with a capacity of 100 Children, Boys up to 6 years and girls up to 12 years are admitted in this section. Either orphan or having single parent, children from economically lower section of society, children with no safe dwelling, children deprived of proper care and education which they deserve under J.J. Act - are admitted in this section with the permission of Child Welfare Committee, a committee appointed by Govt. Of Maharashtra. We are permitted to take 100 children in this section and are entrusted with the responsibility of providing shelter, nourishment, health, education and protection.
We provide spacious and airy rooms, decent bedding and clothing, nutritious food as recommended by qualified dietician, healthy and energetic environment, caring and loving caretakers, proper health care, education, recreational facilities.
Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA) (formerly known as Shishugruha) -
We are certified as Child Care Institute (CCI) recognized by the department of Woman and Child development, Maharashtra State Government. Under CCI, we are having:
1. SAA unit (Specialized Adoption Agency):
Under this unit, we take orphaned, surrendered children of age group 0-6 years (boys and girls). Our trained staff takes care of their medical, health and personal needs and groom them for adoption.
2. Balgruha Unit:
Under this unit, we take care of boys of age group 0-6 years and girls of age group 0-12 years who have single parents or who come from unfavorable social conditions. We take care of their medical, health and personal needs.
We are licensed to have 30 children under SAA unit and 100 children under Balgruha. But since, we are the only recognized child care institute in the district providing special care for infants, we are always over occupied.
These abandoned children, when admitted, are typically ill, injured, starved and suffer from some or the other health issues. It is a great challenge for us to provide regular, proper health care to about 150 children. Our altruistic medical and para medical volunteers extend their helping hand to our devoted staff who work round the clock to provide nursing and other assistance to the kids. Dr. Anuradha Dashputre, Dr. Nandini Kibe, Dr. Bhushan Surjuse, Dr. Pravin Supe, Dr. Prashant Bhadane, Dr. Tushar Godbole, Dr. Bharat Kelkar, Dr. Nikhil Challawar, Dr. Pravin Kale, Dr. Tarun Kanade, Dr. Chaitanya Buwa and many other eminent doctors visit Ashram regularly and render their services. We have a staff of 80 which includes nurses, child caretakers and other helpers.
We also provide psychological counselling from professional counsellers. Mrs. Arundhati Munje is helping us voluntarily.
Along with other ailments, some of our new entrants often have some or the other kind of physical impair or are victims of cerebral palsy for which they require regular physiotherapy treatment. We have a pediatric physiotherapy center on campus for handy assistance to the children who need it.
We highly appreciate the dedication, sincerity and hard work of our physiotherapist Dr. Shripad Gholap. It is due to their efforts our children have shown significant improvements.
We run a pre-primary nursery, called Mukund Balmandir, in our premises for our inmates of age below six years. Then the girls are sent to following nearby schools - Sarasvati Vidyamandir for primary education and Y.D.Bytco Girls School for secondary education.
We have also employed two full time teachers for additional coaching, who also look after their homework. Besides academics we arrange for yoga, dance, music and hobby classes. We provide all necessary education material, books and required stationary.
Children play in the yard in the evenings so that they can relax after school and study all day. They also have a variety of toys to play.
Extra co-curricular activities
We want our inmates to overcome the feeling of being rejected, be a part of the main stream society and to be achievers in various walks of life. Special efforts are made to thrive their talent and aptitudes and help them blossom in their full blooms. They are exposed to various avenues in cultural and sport activities. Our inmates make the best of whatever is offered to them and have won many prizes so far, giving us parental pride in their achievements.
After food, clothing and shelter, recreation is also an important need of the human beings. After day long school and study, we want the kids to relax. So there is childrens park in the premises for their recreation. There are slides and swings, see-saw and Mary-go-round in the park where the children freely enjoy.
We have an audio-visual center where feature films and educational films are regularly screened and our children immensely enjoy them.
Picnics & Trips
Children are always interested in trips and picnics. By wholeheartedly allowing our inmates to participate in the trips arranged by their schools, we try our level best not to deprive them of any joy and experience worth taking at their age. Apart from the school trips, we conduct our own tours and picnics.