Shishu Gruha in Kurnool calls for attention – The New Indian Express

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KURNOOL: Shishu Gruha, where abandoned children in the age group of 0 to 5 years old are housed until adoption, in the neighborhood is crying out for attention. The dilapidated building leaks when it rains. There is not even a drinking water installation. Generally, philanthropists provide water to the Shishu Gruha at the request of the staff. The home for abandoned children operates mainly thanks to donations from philanthropists.

Eight children – four boys and four girls – are currently housed in the Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA) also called Shishu Gruha in the city. The walls of the dilapidated building developed cracks and the electrical wiring became old. The conditions outside the building are also messy. Stray dogs and pigs frequently enter the premises of Shishu Gruha, posing a threat to infants.

A SAA must have a sick room, a general room, a dormitory, a kitchen, a storage room, a guest room, a boardroom, a waiting room, a dining room, a games room and others according to the standards. The Kurnool SAA, however, is run from one of the oldest government quarters, which is 2BKH (two bedrooms and a kitchen). Initially, the Shishu Gruha was located in the village of Peddapadu on the outskirts of Kurnool town.

It was moved to the building near C-Camp Rythu Bazaar in the city in 2016. It is managed by ICDS. It has a staff of six, including a director, a nurse and four caretakers (ayahs), against the required staff of 12. ICDS officials attributed the poor state of affairs at the home for abandoned children to a stipend inadequate budget.

Talk to The new Indian Express, Project Director of the District Women and Child Welfare Department, KLRK Kumari, said they have undertaken the recruitment of ayahs and other positions as needed. However, people are not showing up to join the positions citing low pay, she said.

Regarding the poor facilities of the Shishu Gruha, she said that steps would soon be taken to improve the facilities. “We run the house with the help of philanthropists and donors. We have taken steps to provide adequate care for abandoned children and ensure their comfort,” she said. So far, 117 children have been adopted by the Shishu Gruha in Kurnool. More than 250 rescued children, including abandoned infants, have been reunited with their parents.

KURNOOL: Shishu Gruha, where abandoned children in the age group of 0 to 5 years old are housed until adoption, in the neighborhood is crying out for attention. The dilapidated building leaks when it rains. There is not even a drinking water installation. Generally, philanthropists provide water to the Shishu Gruha at the request of the staff. The home for abandoned children operates mainly thanks to donations from philanthropists. Eight children – four boys and four girls – are currently housed in the Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA) also called Shishu Gruha in the city. The walls of the dilapidated building developed cracks and the electrical wiring became old. The conditions outside the building are also messy. Stray dogs and pigs frequently enter the premises of Shishu Gruha, posing a threat to infants. A SAA must have a sick room, a general room, a dormitory, a kitchen, a storage room, a guest room, a boardroom, a waiting room, a dining room, a games room and others according to the standards. The Kurnool SAA, however, is run from one of the oldest government quarters, which is 2BKH (two bedrooms and a kitchen). Initially, the Shishu Gruha was located in the village of Peddapadu on the outskirts of Kurnool town. It was moved to the building near C-Camp Rythu Bazaar in the city in 2016. It is managed by ICDS. It has a staff of six, including a director, a nurse and four caretakers (ayahs), against the required staff of 12. ICDS officials attributed the poor state of affairs at the home for abandoned children to a stipend inadequate budget. Speaking to the New Indian Express, Project Manager of the District Women and Child Welfare Department, KLRK Kumari said that they have undertaken the recruitment of ayahs and other positions as needed. However, people are not showing up to join the positions citing low pay, she said. Regarding the poor facilities of the Shishu Gruha, she said that steps would soon be taken to improve the facilities. “We run the house with the help of philanthropists and donors. We have taken steps to provide adequate care for abandoned children and ensure their comfort,” she said. So far, 117 children have been adopted by the Shishu Gruha in Kurnool. More than 250 rescued children, including abandoned infants, have been reunited with their parents.

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