Resource posted by: S A R T H I
Created on: February 14, 2013
"Sharing Smiles Together"
I, Tarkeshwar Singh, writing to you on behalf of SARTHI (a Patna based Govt registered Non-Profit making Voluntary Organization) that works to facilitate the release and rehabilitation of children from government-run homes in Patna, Bihar.
I know that you're pressed for time. But could you please give me your full attention for the next 30 seconds as you read this letter?
You see, the children without family, without parental care and support, missing, abandoned, orphans, neglected, abused or……. (and the list could go on)? But did anyone of you have ever imagined that such a children always dreams for having a "sympathetic emotions" for them which they rarely found being in custodial institution like Govt. Children homes in Bihar where they are presently bound to live in more pathetic condition. Your kind helping hand may motivate them to learn someone cares for them. Your generic support may filled their world with colors and this is one of the best ways they can learn about themselves and develop their interests, leading to future careers in engineering, biology, chemistry, and hundreds of other fields.
History of SARTHI.
SARTHI was established as a needs-based organization in 2001 by a group of concerned social activists and professionals who have founded SARTHI after visiting various government-run institutions in Bihar, such as the homes in Patna, (Bihar's capital) and rest part of India. It has been found that children are being kept for year's n years without any reason or cause. Oftentimes the parents were unaware of their children's incarceration. Still other parents, who were aware of the circumstances, had no financial means to travel to Patna to assist their children in petitioning for release. Compounding matters was their fear of becoming involved in complicated and costly legal battles for which they could not pay resulting feeling helpless in taking back their children.
Once SARTHI became involved in supporting these children it is observed that the family tracing and reunification was quite easy that cost a mere 500-600 Rupees but due to lack of systemic challenges such as Infrastructure, Human resources, Expertise and financial allocations etc. many children are bound to live there for many years.
Throughout the course of our work, we became aware of myriad interconnected issues that surround child incarceration. For instance, a child who has suffered abuse and neglect at home or in a government home has either little or have no idea how to care for him or herself as an adolescent or adult. We also found that the children who were not reunited with their families, but who had managed to escape the government-run home, were likely to become involved in criminal activity, with a life of incarceration in prison ahead of them.
For these reasons SARTHI began working toward child delinquency prevention and organizing health camps, mass awareness drives psychosocial support and counseling to provide health care, education, awareness to children and adolescents.
SARTHI's mission is "To work with children to protect and promote the rights for their holistic development with community involvement". We try to create a child-friendly society by empowering children and generating mass awareness with the help of different stakeholders. SARTHI's work is guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children. We believe all children should understand their right to survival, protection, development, and participation.
SARTHI being a registered Govt registered (under the Societies Registration Act, xxi/1860 in Bihar), The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), and the Income Tax Act (registered under 80G of the Income Tax Act for tax exemption to donors). The donations made are tax exempted under 80G of Income Tax Act of India.
Knowing that each of your support/contribution can bring back smiles on the faces of many children who are waiting to see their parents and eager to say thanks to all of them who have contributed in bringing back the joy, peace and happiness filled in their life. So I urge you and everyone to join hands in sharing and celebrating the "Smiles Together".
Thank you very much for your kind patience.