I have visited to Baale Mane girls home at Gopalapura as part of some other fund raising event.
1. Visited Home: (Home Address) Baale Mane, Gopalapura, Thumkur Road, Near Bangalore.
(Not Visited – Trust Address: Paraspara Trust, No.17/2, First Floor,Bandappa Road,7th Cross, Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore – 560 022, Phone – 9945210502 080-23472701/23371966)
Visited Date: 24-Jan-2010
Discussed With: Mary (Manager for this Home – 9886950513), Venkatesh.K.C(President of The Baale Trust), Bella Hodgkinson(Volunter from UK), Met some Wipro Volunter
Visited By: Udhaya Kumar.V
http://www.baalemane.org/ (Baal Mane at Gopalapura)
http://www.paraspara.org/ (Paraspara Trust)
2. About This Home:
The Baale Mane (Baale Mane means “Girls’ home”) at Gopalapura is a home for around 65 girls between the ages of 6 and 16 situated on the outskirts of the city of Bangalore, India. Founded in 2001 by Paraspara Trust, an NGO dedicated to the eradication of the child labour system, and now owned by The Baale Trust, it provides shelter and a loving home for girl children. The girls are either orphans, have a single parent who is unable to care for them or have lost contact with their parents. Most of the girls have been rescued from domestic service, some have been found homeless in the streets by volunteers and others have been given shelter having been arrested by the police when living on the streets.
The Friends of Baale Mane Gopalapura, (“The Friends”) a UK charity set up in 2007 for the specific purpose of supporting the home over the long term. This trust helped to construct the home and helping to extend the building now.
All this student going to near by government schools.
I had discussion with management (manager and president) and two of the volunteers to understand education need. One point they raised, they need teacher to take care of this students in the evening. Currently they are all going to government school and no one in the home for follow up. But this home already getting some fund from UK charity trust. So I have to visit again and find there financial position to decide our support.
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