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Activities



Bala Mandir was started primarily for the care of orphaned and destitute children. Over the years, the activities of the organisation have expanded and today covers a wide range of services. The activities of Bala Mandir are categorised into 4 “units” which work independently in their respective areas of work while drawing on the common services like Accounting, Donation and Sponsorship, IT and Digital solutions, Repairs, Maintenance and Infrastructure improvement projects.

Childrens’ Programme – Chennai & Nagercoil

The core activity of Bala Mandir is its Children’s Programme. This covers all the activities related to the holistic development of the children admitted to full-time care in Bala Mandir’s Homes in Chennai and Nagercoil. Bala Mandir is also an approved specialized Adoption Agency and all adoptions take place through the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).

As they grow up, besides education, the children go through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for their all-round development with social workers monitoring the children for their physical and psycho-social well-being. All the admissions to the Children’s Programme are as per the prescribed statutory process. The Home in Chennai admits children below 8 years while the Nagercoil Home is exclusively for girls admitted above 5 years.

Bala Mandir pays special attention to rehabilitation of the children back into their own homes and then on to society. Only the children who cannot be given for adoption, but in a situation where the parent/guardian is also not able to take care of them, grow up in our homes. Bala Mandir monitors the integration of the rehabilitation of older children with the parent/guardian and society, and supports them through a Home Sponsorship programme.

Education Unit – Day Care Centre, Primary & High Schools

Having started in the 1950s and being located next to the Children’s Home in Chennai, the schools in the Education Unit meet the educational needs of the Bala Mandir Home children as well as the nearby economically needy community. Over the years the schools have been adapting to the social changes and currently the unit consists of Day Care Centre which caters to the needs of toddler to pre-KG classes, Vidyalaya English Medium Nursery and Primary School (self-financed) as well as Satyamurthi High School (partly Government aided).

The Primary and High Schools focus on holistic education including art, sports, academics, cultural and value education. There is a strong emphasis on inclusion and providing learning support as needed. Besides quality education, the schools provide free midday meals and breakfast for the children who come from difficult circumstances. The schools charge a nominal fee which does not even cover the complete expenses undertaken and depend on CSR support for the operations. Various improvements are underway in both schools and plans have been drawn up for the addition of Higher Secondary classes from the the academic year 2022-23.

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MNC – Unit for Exceptional Children

Established in 1989, Madhuram Narayanan Centre (MNC) for Exceptional Children provides Early Intervention services in the age group 0 to 6 years and training towards developing Vocational skills in the age group 6 years and above, for children with intellectual disabilities and associated conditions, as well as support in the empowerment of parents and dissemination of information. This covers children with Mental Retardation (MR), Developmental Delays (DD) and associated disabilities like Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Down’s syndrome (DS), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Hydrocephaly, Microcephaly, Metabolic Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

Over the years thousands of children have benefited from MNC’s services. Training at the Center is based on "Upanayan" – Early Intervention Program, developed by an inter-disciplinary team of experts from various specialties such as, Developmental Psychology, Neo-Natology, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sensory Integration Therapist, Special Education and Information Technology. MNC was integrated with Bala Mandir in the year 2018, after many years of working together in various areas.

For more information, please visit the MNC web site www.mncindia.org
 

BMRF – Parenting & Early Childhood Care and Development

Bala Mandir Research Foundation (BMRF) was established in 1983 to further studies and research on the institutionalised child and enhance stimulation and care beyond purely physical indicators. Since then, as a process of natural growth, the vision was expanded, and its functions have become more elaborate. Today, BMRF’s work centers on parenting – specifically the psychosocial relationship between the ‘parent’ and the child – and the enhancement of the child’s sense of self, with an emphasis on the rights for child development --

“The Child has a Right to INFORMED PARENTS,
and PARENTS have a Right to Information on Child Development.”


BMRF is widely recognised by the Government, NGOs and funding agencies as an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) training and facilitating centre, taking forward positive parenting practices and holistic ECCD programmes to a diverse range of communities including training, capacity building, networking and outreach services in this area. As of April 2017, BMRF was integrated into its parent body, Bala Mandir and now serves as its unit.

For more information, please visit the BMRF website www.bmrf.in