Isaac and Tara got married in 1990. After several years of trying, they came to discover that they could have not have children. Tara's desire was always to have a joyful presence in the house, with the laughter of children ringing around the hall.
Driven by this desire, Tara begin to look at options for adoption. In 1996, whom they named Sitara. Three years later, a precious baby boy, Tarun, was adopted into the family as well.
As they cared for their adopted children, something began to take place in their hearts. There was a burning desire to do more, to care for other unwanted babies. Both were driven by the horror of witnessing deplorable backgrounds and stories of children's abandonment.
This burning desire was what led to the establishing a home called STEPS in 2007. STEPS was created to be a safe haven for girls who were rescued from horrible situations and to provide a family environment for them to be nurtured and given the best childhood that they deserve.
STEPS' vision is to find, foster and free abandoned girls and to bring awareness about the abortion, abuse, and abandonment of girls in their society. Since 2007, the home has taken in 14 girls. Our girl each have unique stories on how they came to live at STEPS, from abuse, abandonment and trafficking syndicates.
The NeedOne of our year end need is the third term school fees for all 14 of our girls which is to be paid by 5th December 2016, totaling Rs. 63,000/- (Rs. 4,500 per child). Our girls are also in need of new clothes (dresses, socks, and shoes etc.) which totals Rs. 11,900/- (Rs. 850/- per child)
We are also looking for contributors to help us offset transportation cost. STEPS Home own a 24-seater bus which we have been using to drive our girls to and from school, as well as other outings and excursions. The fitness certificate,insurance and the overall service needs to be done annually in compliance with governmental regulations. The vehicle cannot be used without fulfilling these requirements which are due the first week of September every year.
The bus is currently in the work shop and is ready for collection, but we first need to come up with Rs. 85,500/- in order to fulfill all requirements for use.
Civil works on the STEPS Home facility including plastering & repairing of the compound wall, raising the wall by 1 ½ ft and tiles to be laid, and fixing two gates for the entrance will total Rs. 2,25,800/-.
The breakdown of all costs can be found in the table below.
Amount in Rs. /-
Amount in USD
Civil Works on STEPS Home
Such intentional care for these girls have 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 has been 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!
You can also do a bank transfer to the below-mentioned account setup for this fundraising campaign:
- Account number: 8080808010108846
- Account name: Steps Home
- IFSC code: YESB0CMSNOC