“Charity is a matter of the Heart, Not of the Pocket.”
Not Flesh of my Flesh, nor Bone of my Bone
But Miraculously my very Own,
Because you grew IN my heart,
not UNDER it!
For the past 20 years, Ruchika Club has been lending financial support to the SAMPARC BALGRAM, Bhaje an orphanage for abandoned girls, near Lonavala. The Club gives 124 girls living there, lodging, boarding, education, medical expenses, as well as vocational training, to rehabilitate them into the mainstream of life.
The Charity Committee visits the Balgram regularly to apprise themselves of the welfare of the girls. Festivals are celebrated, fun fairs and craft workshops are organized.
In the pandemic, 5 large TV sets were installed for online learning.
As a major donor at Samparc Bhaje, two of our Board members have been inducted as Trustees on the Samparc Board. The visible happiness of the children, on seeing the ‘Ruchika Aunties’ is very satisfying.
When we visit, the happiness on the faces of the children, makes it so worthwhile!
Dusherra Lunch for the Young Girls
On Navmi, the 9th day of Dusherra, Ruchika Club organises
a lunch for the young girls at Samparc Balgram.
This year was no exception!
The 128 kanyas at the Balgram, were given a special meal,
in celebration of the festival.
The thalis looked colourful with the Puris, Channa vegetable,
Gajjar Halwa, Dal and Chawal.
The girls enjoyed their meal thoroughly.
And Durga Ma showered her blessings on all of us.
RUCHIKA SAMPARC MAHILA SADAN
“It is not about how big the hostel is,
It is about how happy the people who live there are.”
The RUCHIKA SAMPARC MAHILA SADAN is a girl’s hostel for ex-students of the Balgram and outsiders, who come to pursue higher studies.
Ruchika Club donated 51% of the construction cost of the building.
The Samparc trustees tend to the day-to-day management and maintenance of the hostel, which has comfortable boarding and lodging facilities.
On 29th April 2012, the Ruchika Board Members inaugurated the hostel.
Trees were planted around the building, as a memory to mark this special day.
MEDICAL MOBILE CLINICS
“Not all of us can do great things
But we can all do small things with great love.”
To tend to the health of villages in the remote interiors where no medical facilities are available, the Club has donated two Medical Mobile vans, to take care of more than 100 villages near and around Lonavala. The vans go to different places on selected days, to attend to the needy there.
Each van has a doctor, a nurse, and an assistant, offering basic medicines to the villagers in remote areas. Serious cases are transported to a nearby hospital for proper medical care.