Baale Mane Trust
Focus: Education, Girl Child, Livelihoods, Homelessness
Thank you! You can rest assured your contribution will be used to make a real difference
GIVE Baale Mane's 44 girls a simple joy that so many children take for granted - a new school bag, notebooks and stationery at the beginning of another year. Just ₹400 will help one girl make a fresh start.
RADHA has repeatedly scored first class marks in her exams and is in the final year of a BA degree. Like her, high achievers Nandini, Rekha, Vidya and Vaideshwari too need to pay their college fees by November.
WHEN abandoned girls arrive at Baale Mane most are severely undernourished - the plight of 36% of Indian women, say UNICEF. Support Baale in nurturing their young wards with wholesome, nutritious food.
OPEN windows at night let in cool, fresh air... plus a swarm of mosquitoes. With summer approaching, fund netting on dormitory windows, so Baale's girls can sleep with them open without worrying about diseases.
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.
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.
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.
Baale Mane is an inspirational story and exceptional initiative for the girl child and eradication of the child labour system.
- Mary Chinnappan Manager
- Tiggy Allen Public Engagement Coordinator
- Emily Parkes External Relations Manager
- Vanaja Supporting Caregiver
- Roopa Accounts Assistant