Cheshire Homes India, Bangalore Unit was founded in 1961 by Group Captain Lord Leonard Cheshire to support and provide succor to disabled people.
Currently we have a home for children with disabilities at HAL Airport Road and an Old Age Home at Whitefield for elderly women from needy segment of society.
At the Homes we provide care and refuge for disabled girls and elderly needy women by :
-Board and lodging
-Education and medical care including corrective surgery at the best hospitals
-Impart training and opportunities for personal development
-Provide activities at Needle work centre, Craft training centre, Computer centre, Workshop and a Recreational centre
-Provide counseling, Soft skills training and focused industry and services training packages to equip disabled candidates to get selected in the corporate world
-Network with corporates, Government and public sector organizations to provide placement for the candidates from the Home and Resource Centre
-Provide a dignified living environment for the elderly women
All the above inputs and facilities are FREE for the residents which is made possible through generous donations from individuals and organisations including the Government of Karnataka and Indian corporates and MNCs.
The home for old and destitute women is being run at Whitefield, Bangalore. The residents were housed in dilapidated cottage which was donated to Cheshire Homes India by a generous donor in 1978. A building was constructed behind the cottage and inaugurated in March 2014. The building has to be furnished before new residents can occupy it and the old cottage needs renovation. This will increase the capacity of the home from 17 residents to 30 residents. Funds received from SCMM 2015 will be utilized for this purpose. Any surplus funds will be utilized for the education of 34 disabled young girls housed at the Old Airport Road Home at Bangalore.
I came to Cheshire home when I was 4 years old. I still remember my childhood days and all the fun I had growing up in the home. My education started at the home itself where we were taught the basics and I started school directly from class two. I went on to do my graduation in Christ college and I chose commerce and business as my field of specialization. I passed out with flying colours. The motivation I got from all my well-wishers inspired me to complete my Masters in Business Administration. Today, I am placed with Bank of Baroda, which is one of India's oldest banks and which has branches worldwide, through campus recruitment.
Apart from making me what I am today, Cheshire home taught me many important lessons in life. I have learnt to adjust and move on come what may. I understand that life is not a bed of roses. Cheshire home inspired me to dream more and achieve more. When I was staying in Cheshire home I realised that I have an opportunity of a lifetime and I can either ignore it or use it to change my life. I chose the second option and worked hard and you know the rest of the story.
I learnt to respect all the religions. This would not have happened if we had not celebrated all the festivals at Cheshire home with the same spirit. We also had equal fun in preparing for the festivals. All the chores we used to share and do together and also all the pranks we played together taught me team work which is an important requirement if we need a job in the corporate world today.
One of the most important lessons that I learnt from my stay in Cheshire home is to spend wisely and save with whatever little I have. I also discovered that I can teach well by teaching my friends at the home and this helped me to make more friends at college as I used my ability to help clear subject related doubts of my classmates. I realise that even though I didn't have my mother to fuss over me when I fell sick or was not keeping well, my friends were always there who took good care of me and saw me through all those difficult times. My friends at the home taught me the joy of caring and also of being cared for.
The memories I have of Cheshire home are plenty and they will always be there for me to cherish and bring tears of happiness when I am sad. I can confidently say that I will not regret when I look back. I conclude with my favorite quote, "The future lies before you like a field of driven snow, be careful of you tread it for every step will show".
Naina: 23 Years old