Since January 2012 our Isai Ma(i)yam Foundation for children in India is in the possession of the The Central Bureau on Fundraising certificate.
When a charity has a CBF-Seal of approval (CBF-Keur), issued by the Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF), you can trust that the organization has been closely reviewed. An important criterium is that the costs for fundraising of the charity expressed as a percentage of the revenues from its own fundraising in any one year, may not amount more than 25% of the revenues from its own fundraising.
The annual reports by Isa Ma (i) yam Foundation meet the criteria of the CBF and all financial information reflected herein.
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Joanne at Gayatri Art School and Gaya House
Joanne, who assisted with our project for ten days, has opened a playroom. The children adore it and keep on asking to play there. Twister, Mikado, puzzles, coloring and kapla are favorite!
Most of our children go to the same school, which is around the corner from the orphanage. In India everyone wears a uniform to school. They do this so everyone looks alike and you can’t see whether someone is poor or rich. This way they hope to prevent discrimination. When the children come back from school they get help doing their homework.
During the holidays the children love to be outside and chill on the beach. It is only a quarter hour drive to the beach from the Gayatri Art School. Not everyone can swim, so some children stay on the beach or in the surf, but even then the sea is nice and cool. For safety reasons they are always accompanied by a supervisor.
Sedan (9 years) is a real athlete – he can move his body in the strangest positions. He also loves climbing trees or on top of walls. He is really intrigued by magic. Once a magician came to the children’s home and of all the kids, Sedan was most fascinated. He still talks about it and would love to learn as many magical tricks as possible. Nothing is known about Sedan’s parents except their names. Sedan used to live with family, but they were very poor and could not afford bringing up an extra child. Sedan has been living with us for a year now and is really thriving.
Ananda Day Care offers handicapped children and youngsters a structured way of spending the day from 10 am to 3.30 pm. A fixed part of the program is making music, which they do every morning from 10 to 11 am.
Life was not easy for Ashok before he came here. Nothing is known about his parents, and Ashok and his little brother Satish were wandering around the streets. We were notified about this and gave them shelter. At first it was a bit strange for the brothers and they were somewhat withdrawn, but now they have made many friends and are becoming more and more open.
Antony (12 years) is one of Ashok’s new friends. He came to live with us only six months ago. In the beginning he was very shy and kept in the background just like Ashok. He is very modest and always listens well. When you get to know Antony a little better, you will notice that he can be very talkative and cheerful too. He loves playing games, so when the playroom opens, Antony is first in line to go inside. He is the very best at memory.
Contrary to his brother Raghul, Sunil’s (8 years) personality is more quiet, calm and modest. He stays in the background, but he is a very sweet boy. He is close to his brother, they always support each other. School is difficult for him, especially reading, but if you take time to help him, he really tries very hard. He wants to do good and wants to hear you say it. When he has read something, he looks at you with hopeful eyes and with a touching look to see if he has done well.
Hari (12 years) has already been living with us for six years together with his younger brother. His father was drunk regularly and this often resulted in homely abuse. Their mother didn’t see any other way out than to commit suicide. The father couldn’t take care of his children and therefore the brothers live in Isai Ma(i)yam. Hari has become a very independent boy who can take good care of himself. He is a very smart boy with many talents. He plays two music instruments, mridangan (an Indian percussion instrument) and drumpad. He is also good at dancing, and sometimes he, Mani and Akash like to dance at performances.
Jayabarathi (9 years) is always enthusiastic and happy. Her best friend is Niranjini and together they have great fun. Most of all they love to dance together, practicing dancing steps they just learned in class. Jayabarathi is a very innocent and sweet girl, she likes to come to you to play or cuddle. Concentrating is difficult for her, especially when doing homework. She is easily distracted and would rather use her time to dance or play. It is especially difficult for her at school, because like her little brother Jayaguru she hasn’t been to school for a while. Jayabarathi and Jayaguru’s mother ran away with another man and their father placed his children with their grandmother. They were well looked after, but hardly went to school for eight months. Since they live with us their grandmother comes to visit often and their father also visits from time to time.
Siva Sankari (9 years) has nine sisters, she herself is the youngest in the family. She lives with us together with her sisters Raji and Arasakumari. In India a daughter can be a big financial burden for parents, because they have to pay a marriage dowry for her when she gets married. So therefore ten daughters is not desirable. The girl’s mother has died and their father doesn’t support his daughters. One of her sisters has already passed away, four sisters are married, two sisters have a job. Raji, Arasakumari and Siva Sankari are still at school and living with us. The elder sisters can hardly support themselves and so cannot take care of their younger sisters. All three girls are very cheerful. Raji (17 years) is very adult and at the same time very social. Arasakumari (11 years) can be a little impatient, but she is very affectionate and laughs a lot. Siva Sankari is a happy, cheerful girl who loves to cuddle and play.
Usha (9 years) is a lively lady, she can defend herself well. Sometimes this can make her a bit bossy, but it also makes her energetic and outgoing. Usha is not only lively, but also has a soft side and so she loves to cuddle. Her energetic character shows in her dancing, through which she can lose some of her energy. Usha has an elder sister, Sharmila (11 years), who also lives with us. Sharmila is a happy and easy girl who is loved by everyone. She does well at school and always does her homework. In character the sisters don’t look very much alike, but they care a lot about each other. Their father left with another woman and their mother can’t earn enough money by herself for the family. The sisters still go home sometimes in the weekend or during holidays.
This is the roof of the boy’s apartment in the city. When the boys come home from school they love playing on the roof until they have to do their homework. Playing tag and run is one of the games they love most.
Karthika (12 years) is a real dear, she wouldn’t even hurt a fly. She lives with us and her elder and younger sister. The sisters take good care of each other, at night they like to sleep close to each other. Karthika is a quiet girl, but always happy. She gets along well with the other girls who live with us, especially Sharmila who is a good friend.
Naveena (14 years) is good friends with other girls of her age (Saranya, Gandhimathy, Raji and Ranjeetha). She would love to stay with her friends the whole day. Studying isn’t that important to her, contrary to dancing which she really likes.
Everywhere you go you see Niranjini (8 years), she a very cheerful girl and likes to be in the picture. She prefers playing and dancing the whole day with the other girls. She is active and happy and her enthusiasm is contagious. Her best friend is Jayabarathi, and together they have lots of fun. They love to dance together and practice the steps they were taught.
The left girl is Manimegalai, she lives with us. The right girl is from a village in the neighborhood and goes to our dancing classes every weekend. The girls like each other’s company and share a passion for dancing. When the music band is performing, often a dancing group goes along to dance in between acts. The girls think it’s great to dance for public and always look forward to their performances.
During the week our children live in the city, which is convenient because the school is around the corner, so they can walk to school. However, there aren’t many trees in the city to climb in. Every weekend the children go to the Gayatri Art School in the countryside. Here there is lots of space to play outside and they really do this every weekend.
In March 2014 a great slide was made for our children from old iron. Not only the children living with us, but also the children from the village who come for the music and dancing lessons enjoy playing on this new play device.
This roundabout was made at the same time as the slide. The children have helped dig a deep hole in which the roundabout could stand. As you can see from the fun they are having, they really thought it worthwhile.
The swings were built next to the slide and the roundabout. These were also made by hand from old materials. The work was done very professionally, so the swings are very sturdy. Between the dancing and music lessons a line forms around the swings, because everyone loves to swing.
We have employed four people to prepare the food for the children each day. In India it is common to eat hot in the morning, they usually start the day with a plate of rice. Often rice is eaten in the evening too. Additionally they also often eat idly, dosa and chapati.
Manimegalai (10 years) is an independent girl who knows what she wants. She is very smart en gets good grades at school. While playing you can see how smart she is. If tactics are used, she figures it out pretty quickly and she often wins. Sometimes she wants to make someone else happy and consciously lets the other win. Manimegalai is not just smart, but she’s also a good dancer and often joins performances with Gayathri. Manimegalai has flourished since she came here, but in the beginning she cried a lot and could react strongly to small things. She was very protective of her elder brother Mani, if something happened to him she would cry as well. It hasn’t been easy for Mani and Manimegalai, as their father left with another woman. Their mother had never finished school and couldn’t earn enough money. Mani had to work from the age of four to help the family, he had to wash cars. The neighbor advised the family to let the children live in a shelter and since then they have been living with us. They still have contact with their mother and are always very glad to see her when she visits.
Jeevanandham (8 years) is a playful and naughty boy. He does funny things and can sometimes make problems for himself. Sometimes it’s very difficult to correct him. His naughty and sometimes rebellious behavior can be explained because of the traumatic youth he has had. Jevanandham never knew his father and his mother couldn’t care for him alone. She often locked her son in a dark room the whole day while she went to work. When he was released from this room his behavior was very strange and according to his mother he was unmanageable. Finally, he was admitted to the psychiatric department in the hospital. It was clear that the situation at home was unbearable, so when he was released from hospital, he came to stay with us. Since then his behavior has improved and he is far more stable. Yet he is really traumatized and sometimes this still shows in his wanton behavior.
Satish is a very sweet, but also very vulnerable boy. He would rather be alone with you so he can get all your attention. During these moments he thrives and loves to cuddle. When the big boys are around, he doesn’t dare to do this and tries to be tough. Satish is very close to his brother Ashok. Not much is known about the parents of these boys; they were wandering around the streets together. A shop owner notified us and we took them into the group. This safe environment with lots of stability and regularity is very good for the boys. Satish dares to be more open and slowly he is becoming less insecure about himself.
At the back of the building there are swings, a skip, a slide and a sandbox. There are no other playing grounds in the neighborhood, so everyone really enjoys these playing devices.