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Baal Dan celebrates its 5th anniversary in 2011. Since its founder Tanya Pinto first began her work to help the children of India, Baal Dan has sponsored schools, orphanages, and medical camps.
Literally hundreds of children have been helped over the years and Pinto continues to travel regularly to India to conduct meetings, site audits, and other important follow-ups to make sure that progress continues to be made.
Among the highlights of the past five years:
Baal Dan donated $20,000 to the construction and outfitting of a new boy's building at Child Haven Orphanage in Hyderabad. At the Baal Dan Kids Day, Pinto took expats working for Deloitte, HSBC, and Cap Gemini to the orphanage for a day of cricket, yoga, games, Bollywood dancing, and treats. All who attended said that the experience was life-changing.
When Pinto came across twenty-five children living in a garbage dump in Hyderabad. The chldren’s parents are farmers, forced to move to the city by drought, who are trying to support their families with the only work that they could find: sorting garbage. To help these families, Pinto organized a medical camp and paid several visits to ensure that food provisions, immunizations, toiletries and other supplies were made available. Since that first visit, Baal Dan also started a small play school for the children and is working with local contacts to try to get the children enrolled into school.
At two other medical camps, Baal Dan’s teams of medical personnel and volunteers helped immunize over 200 children and provided medicines to over 200 women and children. The group also handed out Baal Dan Bundles to the children in the slums containing food, essential toiletries, underwear, clothes, shoes, and toys.
A small orphanage in Delhi for Tibetan refugee orphans helps children to stay in this area and attend an excellent private school. Baal Dan is continuing to look for ways to give these children a permanent home and the education that they need to improve their lives.
Baal Dan donated $30,000 for the construction of a school (shown above, left) run by Project Mala in the rural village of Turkahan. In 2011, they will continue to support the school with the sponsorship of 50 kindergarteners.
In a recent letter to her supporters, including GreaterGood.org, Pinto neatly summed it up: “It has been quite a journey, and I wouldn't change a thing…Dhanyavaad. Thank you for a great five years! Here is to the next five!”