Our Children Homes
Asha Anand I: Boys, 12-18 years old
Asha Anand II : Boys, 18-20 years old
Asha Mayuk : Boys, 14-18 years old
Ashalayam : Boys, 15-18 years old
Mayeer Asha Baltiguri : Girls, 12-20 years old
Mayeer Asha Ichapur : Girls, 5-18 years old
Night Shelter fo Boys: Any age
Night Shelter for Girls: Any age
A day in Ashalayam : Samim and Sukdev's testimony
We are Samim and Sukdev. We are 16 years old and we live in Ashalayam, in Howrah. In our home, there are about 35 boys and we are all brothers. We can always count on each other.
In our home, we wake up around 5:30AM. We start our day by doing some "pali". "Pali" means household chores in Bengali. Indeed, all the boys in the home participate in household chores like cleaning, cooking, gardening and so on. When we are done, we sit down and do our homework. Some of us like to study in group and quiz each other. Usually, the elder boys help the younger ones.
After this hard work, we eat a well deserved breakfast. A typical Indian breaksfast includes tea, muri (puffed rice) and dal (lentils). When we are well fed, we go to the Vocational Training Centre for two hours (from 8 to 10AM). Over there, we follow professional trainings in different fields. Samim is learning how to bake and I am learning carpentry work. At 10 AM, we jump in the shower and put on our school uniforms. At 10:30, we have some tea and biscuits and we're off to school. Our school day ends at 3:30 PM, so we all rush back to Ashalayam to enjoy our playtime until 5PM. We love to cricket, kabadi and volley ball. But our favorite passtime is football! We want to become the "Indian Messi"!
At 5pm, we stop playing and we do some more "pali". At 5:30, we all gather for the afternoon snack. We need the strength because our private tutor comes at 6 o'clock to help us with our homework. When study time ends at 8 PM, we all go down to the dinning hall to enjoy our supper. After, that some us go out to play football again, while some others watch TV or play indoor games, like Carom. Finally, at 10 PM, we turn the lights off and we all go bed. We need a good rest after such a busy day! And we need energy to play football again the next day!!!
Young people who are placed in Ashalayam are accommodated in homes according to their age and gender. Children receive daily meals, as access to education and medical care. There are opportunities vocational training helping to break the cycle of poverty. Recreational activities, with scope for creative expression and physical fitness, encourage the children to grow with healthy bodies and minds. There are currently twenty-one shelters located in different neighborhoods of Kolkata's metropolitan area : central Kolkata, Howrah, Bhattanagar and Kalyani.
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