According to the 2017 statistics from Childline India Foundation (CIF), there were more than 30 million orphaned and abandoned children in India. Out of which only 4,70,000 were in institutionalized care.
Deprived from the protection of their family, the orphans are often victims of physical violence, malnutrition, child trafficking, substance abuse, and substandard living conditions with almost no healthcare. In a world of consumerism today, where many have more than they need, the orphans are barely making out alive for want of the basic minimum. The apathy we can deal with, but the sheer violence against them is a degradation of mankind in general and we are all responsible as a society. The Vatsa project intends to answer the raw plea of help to as many orphans as we can adopt. Derived from the Sanskrit language, “Vatsa” means a child.
Our orphanage project is unique. We not only want to educate and feed these little lives, but to restore their very fabric of psychological wellbeing that has been shredded to pieces. And we want to raise them in the Gurukul way -a union of two Sanskrit words, guru (teacher) and kula (family, domain) which together mean a system in which students live under the roof and protection of their gurus. In this case, they will be part of the loving Prāṇāyu family and will have a dedicated team of mentors.
The Gurukulam will be part of the residential infrastructure of Prāṇāyu located in pristine land. The Gurukul system offers the best means of holistic development to a child who, along with learning the usual subjects taught at schools, will develop social skills, and imbibe transformative positive way of Life. They will also be equipped with a strong moral compass to guide them once they fly from Prāṇāyu’ nest.
To achieve this, we have an action plan that embraces the following guidelines:
- Loving emotional security offered to all orphans by devoted foster mothers
- Guardians in every sense, the Prāṇāyu members will be the maternal and paternal figures
- Fresh meals with fresh ingredients customized to each child’s growth stage and metabolism
- Personalized health plan designed for each orphan scrupulously managed by Prāṇāyu doctor
- Implementation of rigorous hygiene practices
- Daily practice of Yoga
- An infrastructure devoid of endogenous endocrine disruptors
- Learnings from the broad spectrum of ecological knowledge