I just got back from Davos and my experience was nothing short of remarkable. I can’t wait to tell you all about it soon. Meanwhile, I will take you into a little in-depth understanding of the first two rights of the Miracle Foundation’s Rights of an orphan child. We will talk about:
A Child’s Right to live in a Family Environment and The Right to a Stable, Loving and Nurturing Environment.
We all do agree to the fact that a family is the foundation of a child’s development and future. When we say that a child has the right to live in a family environment, we mean that the child should be able to experience a sense of belonging by either living with their parents or in an attachment based, family style environment. After continuous efforts by our partner Child Care Institutions (CCIs), we have been able to re-integrate some children to their families and relatives, while always keeping the best interest of the child in mind. Yet, there are so many children out there who never got a chance at this.
To fill in this void, we have created the concept of a housemother. Our housemothers are the foundation blocks of love, service, work and health that we want to lay for our children. A housemother is the mother of a family and is expected to replace the function of a parent and family in a child’s life. She provides a stable, loving and nurturing environment in which all children can thrive!
The last time I was at Anbarasi, it was heart-warming to see the children address their housemothers as ‘Amma’ or Mother in English. At Anbarasi, each housemother has around 20 children to look after in her family. From waking them up in the morning to tucking them in at night, she devotes all her time to her children. They sit together during meals, she takes them to the doctor, attends parent-teacher meetings at school and even helps them braid their hair. I have heard housemothers fondly calling their children by nicknames. I have always thought that nicknames reflect a heartfelt bond between two people. The housemothers perform bedtime rituals like story-telling, family prayer, etc. It’s exactly like what our mothers did for us when we were young.
I have realized that one can never train a woman to develop that motherly instinct, it is simply innate to a few. The Miracle Foundation, at all times in the best interests of our children have tried to impart knowledgeable sessions to our housemothers to help them raise their children better. Through our in-depth housemother training modules, we help them envision and create an ideal family environment where she is the backbone of the family. Like a mother, our housemothers can feel the pulse of each child and knows them in and out.
Over a period of time, we have seen a bond of love and mutual respect develop between children and the housemothers. Not only this, the children living in the same family group treat each other with much respect and live as siblings. To quite an extent, we have been able to build families for our children.
We do know, that these wonderful ladies can never replace the love of the biological mothers of these children but they have dedicated themselves to the best of their capabilities to help us create Miracles for these children.
We promise to help build more families for these beautiful children.
Much love and gratitude,