SAMPARC Children’s Home, Bhaje known as the ‘Mother Home ’ of children of SAMPARC organization. It was started with 7 orphan children without any resources. Only the determination of Mr.Amit Banerjee and Mrs.Lata Pande, stepped into the village in 1989 and laid the foundation of the organization in a mud house. In 1990 the Organization was registered and a new chapter opened at the footsteps of famous Bhaje caves for the better future of orphan, under privileged, children of commercial sex workers, needy and convict children.The sheer commitment, devotion and concern of two social workers Mr. Amit Kumar Banerjee and Smt. Lata Pande to provide care, security, education and family environment for the abandoned and orphan children paved way for the establishment of SAMPARC™. As more abandoned children were brought in, the mud house became inadequate. The children were then shifted to a rented house with the support of few well-wishers. Later on, more children started coming in and facilities were added one by one to the Balgram over a period of time. The centre is a Licensed Children’s Home under Department of Women & Child Welfare, Government of Maharashtra. The Bhaje Children’s Village also functions as the Registered Office of SAMPARC.
Today a total of 120 girl Children are sheltered at Bhaje Children’s Home. The centre is a full-fledged Children’s Village with 10 Balsadans. Each Balsadan having 10 children with one housemother who takes complete care of the 10 children in her sadan (house), right from waking up to sending them to schools, taking care of their complete daily routine, monitoring the children’s need and ensuring that the children are healthy and happy.
The Children’s Home is working under the guidance of Mrs.Ratna Banerjee, Trustee and coordinator of the Project along with Project In-charge, Counsellor, housemothers, regular tutors, part time tutors and sports instructor who work for the children.
The centre is unique for its picturesque location, a pleasant environment & with lot of greenery around makes it an ideal place for the children to live in a spacious area covering 4 acres of land. The centre has good facilities like community hall, central kitchen-cum-dining hall, office, library, guest room, counseling-cum-meeting room, study room, library, computer room, medical centre, playground, basketball ground, garden and staff quarters.
The primary children attend the Zilla Parishad School, the secondary and the high school students attend the VPS School, some children also attend the English medium schools at Lonavla and Malavli.
Medical checkup of the children is conducted regularly to ensure the wellbeing of all children. A part time nurse daily visits the centre and a doctor visits the centre to look after the health needs of the children. In case of emergency the children are taken to SAMPARC™ Medical Centre, Malavli or to Saraswati Hospital Lonavla.
Apart from regular tutoring for studies, After school special coaching program is provided to the children in Spoken English, Math’s, Science, General Knowledge, Reasoning and Computers. Special program is taken for personality development.
Children are given training in Sports -outdoor and indoor along with extracurricular activities. They do march past, P.T. and also receive training in Football, Basket Ball, badminton, Kho-Kho, Kabbadi, Running, Skipping and Netball.50children in the centre are receiving training in Taekwondo.
All working members of the centre regularly do detail discussion about the need of the children, role of staff based on the approach of capacity building. Much emphasis is given on how staff can improve confidence of the children and their colleagues to do the same work. Resource persons are regularly invited to the centre for developing Art of Living, life skill, value education etc. Activities like music, drawing, and painting are the regular activities of the centre.
Bhaje centre is run under the guidance of Local Level Managing Committee. The purpose of setting Local Level Managing Committee is to get local personnel/citizen to participate in SAMPARC social work and to take care of the management and overall care of the children. Each SAMPARC LLMC functions for a period of 3 years.
Some of the old children of the centre –
• Seema Kamble had been to France for higher Education.
• Sameer Masurkar is working with Government in senior position.
• Vaibhav Surve working as lecturer in a Nursing College.