That’s the level of commitment, rarely seen in Social Service Organizations; that is behind the Success of 46 year old LIONS BALSADAN – an Orphanage for destitute Children, that the Club started in 1975.
Without doubt, Lions Balsadan has had it’s share of ups & downs; and each time it came out stronger. The CORONA PANDEMIC, being the rage all over the Globe for close to a year & a half, LIONS ANAND NAGRI ( a funfair spread over 45 days, during the month’s of April & May), could not be undertaken for 2 Consecutive years.
This ANAND NAGRI, has been providing entertainment to the citizens of Aurangabad, and also an opportunity to small businesses and artisans to exhibit & sell their produce, over a 45 day period year after year since 1975. It raises enough funds for the Club to look after the needs of 22 Children capacity LIONS BALSADAN. With the lockdown due to the Pandemic, this prestigious fund raising project could not be undertaken for two consecutive years, forcing the club to dig into it’s individual & collective reserves to sustain the project since the Pandemic. To complicate the situation further, the Government Grant that we irregularly get from the Social Welfare Department, has also failed to materialise.
Over the years, Balsadan has been home to several destitute & Orphans, looking after their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. Additionally, the Club has provided educational, vocational & recreational opportunities to empower it’s inmates, to be self reliant. At Balsadan we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with great Piety & every evening the inmates are required to pray Shubhamkaroti or some such prayers.
The present batch of inmates consists of children studying between Standard II nd to Standard XI th, their academic performance ranging from an average of 50 % to 82 %.
The very first batch that Balsadan started with had 7 boys & 3 girls, to which inmates were gradually increased according to availability & requirements. For the last 35 years or so, each year we have had anywhere between 18 to 22 inmates on an average. An inmate would be allowed to leave only after completion of his education & having obtained a reasonably self sustainable job, but not before the age of 18 years.
At present we have 18 inmates in Lions Balsadan, a few having been transferred/left in the recent past. The situation due to the Pandemic has created a hindrance in giving admission to deserving candidates.
We seek financial assistance from individuals, families, business houses, Corporates, and like minded NGO's, so as to augment our resources. No contribution is too small for us, and we fully assure that every Rupee, so collected will be utilised to the best extent possible, for the welfare of these & such other Orphans & Destitute Children.