Asha Sadan

Asha Sadan – literally, House of Hope – is housed in old Umerkhadi jail in the heart of Mumbai with its high walls, and declares its intention to keep the cruel world out. It has done so for over 100 years for its young wards, marginalized citizens of a society that has no room or resources to protect or nurture them. Asha Sadan houses children in the age group of 0-6 years, and young girls from 14-20 years.

Asha Sadan houses less fortunate children from different backgrounds – some are lost or abandoned, some come from homes with ailing or terminally ill parents, some have convict parents, some are children who have been rescued from begging, many have been abused, some are children of commercial sex workers – and all of them are in dire need for a caring home. At any time, over 100 children ranging from infants to children to the age of 6 know Asha Sadan to be their only home; many of them form a transitory population, with a few returning to their biological parents and others being adopted.

Police bring in minor girls rescued from brothels, or girls who they find in danger of imminent physical abuse. Most often the girls have been moved from one institution to another before they are brought in, never knowing families, never having experienced security. The youngest children are usually found abandoned, or given to the home by unwed mothers.

Asha Sadan’s sole objective is to provide a secure and caring home for the children and girls, all of who come from varied circumstances, but have one thing in common – most are severely underprivileged and all of them are in distress.

What We Do?

 
 

Children’s Section

Asha Sadan is committed to the protection, rehabilitation, development and social re-integration of its wards. At any time there are up to 100 children living in Asha Sadan. Children are provided medical facilities through honorary doctors including pediatricians, physiotherapists, clinical psychologists, and hospitalization when required in JJ hospital or Jaslok hospital. The staff plans and provides for a balanced and nutritious diet for them, and 4 trained teachers and assistants are responsible for their education – basic reading and writing in Marathi and English, arithmetic, drawing, colouring, craftwork and games and physical exercise. But one of the most critical challenges faced by the organisation is that of integrating these severely deprived children into its fold, and into turning them into social beings, capable of trusting and loving once again. The staff spends much of their energies in creating a home-like atmosphere – organising sports days, picnics, outings, birthday parties, festival celebrations, special lunches, some of which are usually sponsored by kind donors.

Children leave Asha Sadan when they are adopted by couples in India and abroad, or in some cases handed over to biological parents who reclaim them. Children over the age of six are usually transferred to other institutions that specialize in the care of older children.

 

Girl’s Section

Girls come in, or are often brought into Asha Sadan in various ways. Many of them are runaways, orphaned and destitute. Some are victims of rape, many are rescued from commercial sex work and trafficking, some are children of convicts or minor domestic workers and labourers who are incapable of supporting them. Some are minor unmarried mothers, and several are victims of domestic violence.

Around 90 – 100 girls are admitted at any point of time to Asha Sadan. Apart from catering to their medical needs through doctors including a GP, gynaecologist and a clinical psychologist, Asha Sadan makes a mission out of reinstating a sense of self esteem and self respect in these girls. Girls are offered education through state board (SSC and HSC) or the National Open School system. They are encouraged to complete their school and high school board examinations upon entering the Home. Apart from this, girls are also offered vocational training – basic computers, spoken English, tailoring, embroidery, cooking and beauty care – all of which go to ensure that they derive a sense of achievement and are empowered to stay independent when they go out into the world.

As with the children in its care, so with the girls. Asha Sadan believes that love, and reinstating a sense of belonging is paramount to their young wards’ integration into society as trusting, well adjusted individuals. An equal emphasis is laid on recreation, outings, camps; festival celebrations and other outdoor engagements are planned and executed with regularity

Our Team

Mrs. Fatema Merchant

Hon. Chairman

Mrs. Gulshan Dalal

Vice Chairman

Dr. (Mrs.) Abha Mehta

Hon. Secretary

Mrs. Shivani Narang

Jt. Hon. Secretary

Mrs. Sharmila Sathe

Hon. Treasurer

How You Can Help?

Donate

Thank you for choosing to support us. Donations to Asha Sadan will be used for operating expenses of and enhancements to the institution to improve living facilities for the children and girls, and for their education, welfare and overall development.
Donations may be made through cheque / demand draft or credit cards / debit cards and online bank transfers.

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Volunteer

Asha Sadan welcomes individuals who would like to volunteer their time and energy to administrative and other activities that help with the day-to-day running of the organization




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Contact Us

 

Asha Sadan
Asha Sadan Marg
Umerkhadi, Mumbai – 400 009
Maharashtra, India