Baale Mane Trust

Focus: Education, Girl Child, Livelihoods, Homelessness

GIRLS orphaned, abandoned or from poor, single-parent families are often victims of violence, homelessness, or child labour. Baale Mane rescue them from this fate and give them a loving home.

Take Pavithra. At nine she ran away from home after her father died of AIDS and was subject to regular beatings from her alcoholic mother. She worked as a domestic help before she returned home to find her mother too had succumbed to AIDS.

Neighbours finally took Pavithra to the local police station from where she was directed to Baale Mane. Now, 20, she has completed her B.Com course and works in accounts at a company in Bangalore.

Baale is full of touching stories like hers – young lives transformed through love, support and education.

Situated on the outskirts of Bangalore, Baale Mane, which means Girls’ Home, has grown from a one-room shelter to a permanent ‘family’ home for up to 43 girls, providing high quality care. A further 15 girls are supported as they transition to an independent adult life.

Manager and caretaker Mary Chinnappan, who has been with Baale since the beginning, gets a little emotional as she confesses: “I am the mother of more than 50 girls here… I have to teach them to be strong, I’ve dedicated my life to serve them.”

Baale Mane have always emphasized on a mix of work and play and believe formal education and creative expression go hand in hand. The girls are active in the performing arts and the home boasts of accolades and trophies won by them in dancing and drama competitions.

The term sustainability is central to Baale Mane – be it the vegetables they grow in their garden or the renewable solar energy they use. It also translates to the search for long-term volunteers and a focus on the kind of education that will allow Baale’s girls to develop into self-sustaining adults.

It costs about Rs 70,000 to care for one girl per year. This includes food, education, clothing and leisure activities.

Baale Mane are currently raising funds to expand the facilities on their campus to protect and shelter 20 more vulnerable girls, build age-appropriate dormitories and separate rooms for live-in staff. They also hope to add a library and new yoga and performance pavilion.

Baale Mane’s effort to save the girl child from a desperate fate is laudable – help them to nurture more young lives and create more happy stories such as Pavithra’s.

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BESIDES shelter, Baale also provide abandoned girls with a future – through education. Along with afterschool tutoring, directing them to English medium schools is key. Three years ago, orphaned Saritha was begging outside a city hospital. Now the 14-year-old is thriving in an English medium school and equipping herself with the confidence and knowledge she needs for later employment or further studies. The programme will cost Rs 14lakhs this year.


WE all need a bit of tender loving care to thrive. But to give that to 58 vulnerable young girls also costs Baale Rs 31lakhs per year. That pays for their clothing, bedding, three nutritious meals a day, school uniforms, educational materials and workshops that teach both life and soft skills. The love comes in generous dollops from all those who work and live at Baale in Gopalapura, including the girls themselves – and from supportive givers like you.

Independent Living

ONCE the girls turn 18, they are encouraged to move into PG accommodation in the city while engaged in study, a training scheme or employment. Until they have earned and saved six months’ wages, Baale’s girls are given the support they need to fly the nest – financial, practical and emotional. They visit the home at weekends and are in daily contact with a keyworker. The bill for this support is Rs 1.5lakh per girl, per year – a small price for independence.

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I especially like Baale Mane’s interest in arts and creativity as a part of the development of the girls – they are great performers of traditional and modern Indian dance and drama.

Nicolle Clemens, The Netherlands

Baale Mane is an inspirational story and exceptional initiative for the girl child and eradication of the child labour system.

Dipti, Bengaluru

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