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Welfare Society For Destitute Children (St. Catherine of Sienna School and Orphanage)

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9326595671
Address: Welfare Society For Destitute Children. St Catherine Of Siena Orphanage And School, Mount Mary Road Near Cliff Tower, Bandra West
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Aligned to the following Sustainable Development Goals

Who We Are

The Welfare Society for Destitute Children (known locally as St Catherines), is located on Mt. Mary Road, Bandra West, Mumbai. We are a non-profit organisation that has been helping destitute and underprivileged children for more than sixty years. We aim to provide a happy and safe place for the children in our care and empower them through education and rehabilitation-based projects.
The Welfare Society for Destitute Children was started with the objective to educate destitute children irrespective of caste, creed and community. The various projects we are running, along with our school and orphanage, help to save children from child labour exploitation, abuse and early marriage, thereby changing the lives of many disadvantaged young people and their families. This is to be achieved by providing them with free basic school education, healthy home atmosphere, guiding these children towards understanding the need for healthy living and secure a place for them among the rest of the society.

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Our Fundraisers

JOHN S FERNANDES

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` 58000
of ` 500000
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Hitansu Sekhar Tandy

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` 47001
of ` 100000
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Shashwat Menon

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` 4001
of ` 1500000
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kavita Bhausaheb Gore

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` 1800
of ` 100000
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Mangesh Jankiram Kale

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` 600
of ` 100000
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Varsha Dabe

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Joseph Sebastian

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Lizelle Pereira

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Saiba Dance Academy

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Ramyash yadav

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Raising Funds For

India’s poor are still dealing with the lockdown as the country still faces a rising number of cases of infections with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
“Our volunteers are angels to the ‘Angels in Rags.’ Our volunteers come to Catherine’s and pick up the boxes of food and water and then go out for distribution. They travel on motorbikes - with special travel authorization and passes - and some on walking on foot.
we also have a center in Murbad, located in the interior of Maharashtra, which has a large Tribal population, who are India’s marginalized indigenous population. Staff from the institute have been distributing relief materials to the Tribal families in Fangloshi village and neighboring towns.

An English medium primary school: At St. Catherine we have a strong focus on the development of literacy and numeracy skills as these are the basic building block of learning. St. Catherine has a library made up od donated books. The school also runs a reading club. Children are given a library bag and are encouraged to borrow one book each week. Children in Std 3 and Std 4 have a Home Reader Scheme that encourages them to take home graded readers that they can try independently.
Dormitory housing: Some of the children who live at St Catherines are orphans, some have a parent who are unable to take care of them, and some stay with us because their family circumstances are unsafe. Some have experienced or witnessed extreme trauma. Our Social Workers and Caretakers look after these students in the dormitories and help them to learn about hygiene, social skills and study skills. We currently provide dormitory housing for 80-100 children. We have separate Housing for Boys and Girls.
Project Age 22: Project Age 22 is assisting older students (15-22) continue their education and begin a career. Students who have made good progress with their education and wish to continue with their studies but do not have the means to do so, are given support for their education through the Age 22 Project. This project includes life skills training, and counselling.
Happy Home Project :Happy Home Project is a parent counselling, support and education programme. The Happy Home Project provides a creative healing space for any parent that has experienced trauma in the home. It aims to empower them by giving them training and helping them find job opportunities. Our social workers explain Government assistance schemes and how to navigate the bureaucracy and open a bank account. The program also provides counselling and life skills. Parents learn about positive child rearing practices to improve their interaction with their children. They meet at the school every Sunday, enjoying and benefitting from each other’s company and occasionally having a singing and dancing session. Participation has been life changing for many.
Happy Feet Project: Happy Feet Project provides creative arts, physical activities and Life Skills training. Happy Feet Project was initiated in the year 2006. Many of the children housed at St Catherines feel rejected, unloved,uncared for, unwanted, and unappreciated, and may feel aggressive, lonely, frightened and depressed. This project helps with healing and confidence building through creative classes in dance, capoeira, judo, yoga, drama, music, painting and drumming. Students are also given individual and group counselling and life skills lessons. The annual Happy Feet Event is conducted in January each year and is a very professional display of their achievements.
Education Extension for Senior Girls: After Grade 4, girls who live at St Catherines are able to continue their education at nearby schools. Those who do not get admission into nearby local schools because they are over age, are able to continue their studies through the Pratham Open School or correspondence courses. They are supervised and supported during their studies. Absence of such programs makes girls vulnerable to dropping out of school, early marriage, violence and labour exploitation.
Responsible Relationships Program: This program aims to help older students (15+) to wisely and maturely manage their interaction and relationships in the dormitory, at home, at school, at work, with friends and on social media. It aims to help them become responsible adults and behave as responsible adults.

Fund Utilization in 2020

Total funds raised in 2020 - INR 636200

Project NameSt. Catherine of Siena School & Orphanage
Amount Utilized (INR)636200
Project DescriptionActivities provide child friendly atmosphere with a with a view to rehabilitate the children and their families by giving them quality counselling and guidance through various projects. Education is support till the age of 22 while counselling is provided for children through happy feet Project and for parents counselling is provide through Happy Home Project to Come out of the traumas of abuse, poverty, Child labour etc.
The ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA PRE – PRIMARY, PRIMARY SCHOOL since the school is not funded by BMC. Children are provided free education, uniforms, school bags, etc. to motivate them to attend the school on regular basis. Education trips and picnic are provided free of charge to all children.
To run ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA ORPHANAGE since the orphanage has to provide children a friendly atmosphere to focus on better hygiene, behaviour, study skills, time management etc.
To run HAPPY FEET/HAPPY HOME PROJECT to provide children and their street families opportunities to change themselves for good and to create a better life.
To run PROJECT AGE 22/ PROJECT JO20+ provides the higher education and professional training in AGE 22 project and technical training for children who are academically not inclined in JO20+ Project.
LocationsMumbai City > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > Education scholarships
Beneficiary GroupChildren
Beneficiary DescriptionProject Age 22 is assisting older students (15-22) continue their education and begin a career. Students who have made good progress with their education and wish to continue with their studies but do not have the means to do so, are given support for their education through the Age 22 Project. This project includes life skills training, and counselling. Project JO 20+ is a job-oriented training programme for less academic students. This is a job oriented training program for students who find academic studies a hurdle. It encourages them to be part of vocational courses that interest them so they will not ‘drop out’ as so many students in India do after Grade 8.
ImpactSt. Catherine of siena school is a special school where the children get academic as well as behavioural lessons. A problem from anywhere (Physical, Emotional & Spiritual ) haunts them. The school acts as a friendly school the children where the children enjoy the activities & express their love towards the school instead of the normal hate feeling towards the school.
Project Age 22 is assisting older students (15-22) continue their education and begin a career. Students who have made good progress with their education and wish to continue with their studies but do not have the means to do so, are given support for their education through the Age 22 Project. This project includes life skills training, and counselling.
Project JO 20+ is a job-oriented training programme for less academic students. This is a job oriented training program for students who find academic studies a hurdle. It encourages them to be part of vocational courses that interest them so they will not ‘drop out’ as so many students in India do after Grade 8.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Happy Feet 206

Fund Utilization in 2019

Total funds raised in 2019 - INR 646600

Project NameSt. Catherine of Siena School & Orphanage
Amount Utilized (INR)756000
Project DescriptionTo Run the ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA PRE – PRIMARY, PRIMARY SCHOOL since the school is not funded by BMC. Children are provided free education, uniforms, school bags, etc. to motivate them to attend the school on regular basis. Education trips and picnic are provided free of charge to all children.
To run ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA ORPHANAGE since the orphanage has to provide children a friendly atmosphere to focus on better hygiene, behaviour, study skills, time management etc.
To run HAPPY FEET/HAPPY HOME PROJECT to provide children and their street families opportunities to change themselves for good and to create a better life.
To run PROJECT AGE 22/ PROJECT JO20+ provides the higher education and professional training in AGE 22 project and technical training for children who are academically not inclined in JO20+ Project.
LocationsMumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > School / Career Counselling
Beneficiary GroupChildren,Women
Beneficiary DescriptionOrphanage Section Girls age group (6-18 yrs) Orphanage Section Boys age group (6-12 yrs) Street parents under happy home Project
ImpactST.CATHERINE OF SIENA SCHOOL is a special school where the children get academic as well as behavioural lessons. A problem from anywhere (Physical , Emotional & Spiritual) haunts them. The school acts as a friendly school where the children enjoy the activities & express their love towards the school instead of the normal hate feeling towards the school.
HAPPY FEET/HAPPY HOME PROJECT to provide children and their street families opportunities to change themselves for good and to create a better life.
PROJECT AGE 22/ PROJECT JO20+ provides the higher education and professional training in AGE 22 project and technical training for children who are academically not inclined in JO20+ Project.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Happy Feet 210

Fund Utilization in 2018

Total funds raised in 2018 - INR 514654

Project NameSt. Catherine of Siena School & Orphanage
Amount Utilized (INR)511200
Project DescriptionTo run the ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA PRE- PRIMARY, PRIMARY SCHOOL since the school is not funded by BMC. Children are provided free education, uniforms , school bags, etc. to motivate then to attend the school on regular basis. Education trips and provided free of charge to all children.

To run ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA ORPHANAGE since the orphanage has to provide children a friendly atmosphere to focus on better hygiene, behaviour, study skills, time management etc.

To run HAPPY FEET / HAPPY HOME PROJECT to provide children and their street families opportunities to change themselves for good and to create a better life.

To run PROJECT AGE 22 / PROJECT JO20+ provides higher education and professional training in Age 22 Project and technical training for children who are academically not inclined in JO20+ Project.
LocationsMumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > School / Career Counselling
ImpactST. CATHERINE OF SIENA SCHOOL is a special school where the children get academic as well as behavioural lessons. A problem from anywhere (Physical, Emotional & Spiritual ) haunts them. The school acts as a friendly school to the children where the children enjoy the activities & express their love towards the school instead of the normal hate feeling towards the school.

HAPPY FEET/ HAPPY HOME COUNSELLING projects are an effective way to communicate to the children , their families and it work on a "rehabilitative and Healing Platform". while the happy feet deals with children and their raising in the institutional care with professional supervision, the happy home deals with parents and their rehabilitation from the streets to slum house within a pre set time frame.

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA ORPHANAGE at Bandra and Murbad provides shelter , food and clothing and helps them to focus on studies through various programs ie. Age 22 & JO20+
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Happy Feet 206
` 143553 of ` 2000000
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