Sponsor a three-month vocational training for a batch of 15 destitute adolescent, INR 15000


Catalyst for Social Action (CSA) works with government destitute homes/orphanages in Pune and Orissa. Their objective is to bring about overall improvement in terms of child care, health and living standards, and educational standards.

The Basics

CSA’s aim is to enhance the employment prospects of older institutionalized children by providing them with a tailoring course or other skills-development opportunities. This is done to ensure that the children are independent when they leave the orphanage at the age of 18 years.

How It Works

• Programmes are identified keeping in mind the location of the orphanage, specific needs of the children and the employment-generating prospects of a particular skill.
• The infrastructure is set up with the help of CSA. This includes setting up work stations/equipment, providing course material and employing the resource persons. This donation will be used for the same purpose.


• 3 months – duration of the course for one batch of students.
• 8-18 years – Age of children attending the courses.
• 15 – Total number of kids in one batch.

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Instructor Salary 9000.00
Material required 6000.00
Unit Price 15000
Total 15000
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Kaushalya: journey to self-sufficiency
Kaushalya was 14 when she came to the Observation Home for Girls at Nana Peth, Pune. Originally from Orissa, she had immense difficulties in adjusting with the inmates and staff of the home. It was difficult for her to make friends because she could neither speak nor even understand Marathi or Hindi. Also, she was an introvert and found it difficult to mingle.
CSA representatives amongst others got Kaushalya to interact with them urging her to open up. They found that she was bright and quick at picking up skills. She soon learnt to speak the local language, made friends and showed skills in Drawing, Decoration and Sewing. Kaushalya now, attends school. She makes artifacts out of old clothes and attends CSA sponsored tailoring classes.
Kaushalya feels more addressed than she ever was in her life. Her friends who now, seek her company accept her. There is a tremendous change in her personality and she looks poised to be able to look after herself when at 18, she will need to establish her own identity.

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