Here are some of the frequently asked questions by our customers. Help us address any query you may have pertaining to Vatsalyagram.
What does Vatsalyagram do?
Vatsalya Gram is a unique alternative to orphanages and women's shelters. It is the only facility in the world where orphaned children and destitute women of all ages are given homes so they may live like families and form everlasting bonds as parents and siblings. Vatsalya families live in an atmosphere of affection and are nurtured in a secure environment without any distinction of caste, creed or race. The project is managed by dedicated and trained professionals.
Can I adopt a child from Vatsalyagram?
We do not encourage adoption of children from Vatsalyagram as this township is designed to be a residential societal community where every abandoned woman and child finds a home, forms a family and lives a life of dignity in the campus premise itself. However we do accept donations towards their education and other needs of the residents.
What is Vatsalya family? Who does it constitute of?
Each Vatsalya family consists of seven children, a mother, an aunt (Mausi) and a grandmother (Naani) living in the familiar atmosphere of their own home. Although there is no blood relationship in this Vatsalya family, all members of the family are connected by an emotional bond of love and trust. The women perform their duties to the optimum. Every member within the family gives the children a sense of belonging, which forms an essential factor in the child's early development.
On what basis are the mothers, aunts and grandmothers selected for at Vatsalya family?
The mothers, aunts and grandmothers are usually destitute women who are looking for shelter themselves. These women are given the right kind of training for handling children in a large household. They are also trained in values of Indian culture so that they can take care of the morals and ethics of the children as well.
How do the children get entry into Vatsalyagram?
We accept children who have been abandoned at the doorstep of the Vatsalya Gram facility. Children are also often referred to us by doctors, nursing homes, police and magistrates in courts.
How is Vatsalyagram unique in serving women and children?
In a society, where an orphan child is considered an exclusion from the mainstream, Vatsalya Gram tries to bring up disadvantaged children in a manner which allows them to become a part of the mainstream. Vatsalya Gram is an endeavour to allow two unfortunate souls to come into proximity of each other to reach out to each other and receive the support that each of them requires. Vatsalya Gram is a family and not an orphanage. It is one of the few institutions of its kind in the country, where children are treated both with love and respect. Each person residing in Vatsalya Gram, is a valuable member of the family. Vatsalya Gram cherishes the concept of a family. There are separate household units replete with a mother, grandmother, maternal aunts and children. Each of these families functions as an independent unit and also as a co-dependent societal structure. The children are given a firm grounding of the Indian culture and are exposed to all the rituals and ceremonies followed in a traditional Indian household. Right from the mundane ceremony to the birthday celebrations of the children, each family in Vatsalyagram follows the traditional rituals of the ideal Indian family. Like a small resident township, children go to school, do their homework, play with their brothers and sisters and are loved by their mothers, aunts and grandmothers.
Where can I find a complete description of your mission, vision and service?
Please click for Vision, Mission, Our Projects.
What are your target groups? Who benefits from your services?
We consider orphaned and abandoned children, lonely old ladies and destitute women. We aim to bring them all together into families. We also consider tribal communities to be able to give them equal opportunities for development.
Who started Vatsalyagram?
Vatsalyagram has evolved from a thought of Pujya Didi Ma, Sadhvi Ritambhara.