This August, we celebrated the ten year anniversary of STEPS Home. We are thrilled we have been able to give these precious girls an opportunity at life, and a chance to become all that they can. They have all come from incredibly difficult circumstances, and we are so happy that we have given them a new chance at life.
Our vision at STEPS is to find, foster and free abandoned girls and to bring awareness about the abortion, abuse, and abandonment of girls in their society. Our girls each have unique stories on how they came to live at STEPS, from abuse, abandonment and trafficking syndicates. Since 2007, the home has taken in 16 girls.
Yes, we have added on two more girls to our home! The first girl is one we saved from down South, her name is Manjula. She was taken from very difficult circumstance, with a very abusive father. She has adjusted well to our family of girls, and is also competing as a district basketball player.
Our second girl is a child named Maha. Maha was severely abused by an alcoholic mother from a very young age. Every day she endured her mother's torment: suffering from emotional, but also physical abuse - sometimes withstanding burns on her back and bottoms of her heels, placed there by her mother. She also recently underwent heart surgery to repair a hole on her heart, and has since recovered very well.
It is hard to imagine how people can be so cruel. But it is those who counteract that immense cruelty - those that are change agents - who act as a force for good in this world.
And this is why Steps exists! To rescue girls from Abortion, Abuse and Abandonment. We are so grateful to all of our donors, who enable us to rescue vulnerable girls who otherwise do not have a place or someone to call family.
We would like to present to you our current needs.
1. School Fees
We are requesting help for some of the girls school fees, which is always a challenge to raise for the girls. We would like you to consider helping our girls, so that they can continue their studies. They also need transportation, as it is expensive to transport them from STEPS to school.
Per girl, per month, the cost for school fees and transportation is INR 4,700/- ($74/-).
The second thing we are requesting help for is seed money for our girls. These girls are with us for the long haul - past the time when they are 18. We are trying to raise funds so that they have savings for when they turn 18. The government has allowed us to open bank accounts in their names, and so we would like to have savings for them to put in these accounts. The amount we are attempting to raise per girl is INR 25,000/- ($390/-).
3. Monthly Expenses
The final - and most difficult thing - we are asking help for is the monthly expenses.
Monthly expenses for us are always a challenge. We are different from an orphanage. We are a home. These girls are our family. For our girls, we provide food, shelter and living. But these add up quickly, especially as we have 16 beautiful girls to care for.
The total monthly expenses for one girl is INR 6,500/- ($101/-).
Here is a breakdown of our costs:
Monthly Costs for One Girl:
School fees: INR 4,700/- ($74/-)
Expenses: INR 6,500/- ($101/-)
Total: INR 11,200/- ($175)
Seed Money for One Girl:
Savings: INR 25,000/- ($/-)
Such intentional care for these girls has come at a large personal sacrifice of Isaac and Tara, as well as the board of trustees. The trustees are involved in running the more formal aspects of the voluntary and non-profit home (in compliance with government regulations). STEPS was previously run on personal funds and monetary contributions raised from family, and friends.
Now, STEPS needs generous people like YOU to champion our cause as we battle on the front lines of gender inequality and mistreatment of young girls.
You can make a difference in the lives of our girls!