The Foundation supports various projects involving facilities that welcome babies, children and young people, both males and females without any discrimination, who, due to various reasons, no longer have a family that can take care of them. Our child placement projects vary according to the issues and age of the children. All guests are welcomed with care and attention; they can attend school or training and receive medical and health care, as well as adequate psychological support when necessary. These bchildren and young people are under the daily care of a “mom” in their everyday life. Each one of our care homes has a cook and cleaning lady to provide adequate nutrition and personal hygiene. Every facility has a manager who runs the staff, reports to the Director and takes periodic professional refresher courses. The manager also sees to the adequate training of the staff, which includes educators, counsellors, nurses and other professionals dedicated to the care of the guests.
This is a home for teenage pregnant girls. Currently, it hosts 8 girls aged 14 to 17 who have been rejected and stigmatised by their families. The number of guests varies according to the reported cases. The girls receive the necessary psycho-social support and are engaged in artistic and recreational activities and yoga. They are also taught cutting and sewing and other household activities. At the time of birth, the newborn babies receive love and care from the young mothers, who, over the months, have been receiving assistance and training by educators and nurses. With support from a judge of family law and the personnel who have been in charge of the girls’ welfare, a decision is made whether a newborn is to remain with their mother or be given up for adoption.
Salem Reception Home for Girls
This reception home hosts 31 underage girls who have been the victims of abuse, child labour or forced marriage and have run away from home. These are girls who flee mostly from sexual abuse and early marriage. Some of them are expecting a child when they arrive at the home, where they are welcomed and receive help. The girls take training courses in typing, sewing and handmade soap making. In response to their difficult emotional situation, they are assisted by educators and counsellors to help them overcome the hardships they have experienced so they can go on to lead a normal life.
Dragon Flies Kids Home
This kids’ home hosts 19 male and female children whose number varies according to the reported cases. The guests of the facility are orphans or have been abandoned or rescued from begging in the streets. The children attend school and take part in organised daily activities such as group games, yoga and other types of recreation. Age suitable activities are organised for the youngest guests, who watch animated cartoons together while the “mom of the home” lovingly takes care of them and their needs.
Salem Adoption Centre
This adoption centre welcomes babies and children from 0 to 2 years old who were abandoned at birth. Currently, it hosts 20 children, but this number varies. The babies and children are cared for by loving “nursing moms” who attend to their needs, feed them and change them. They do everything a real mom would do for her baby or child. This project enjoys the collaboration of the Indian Government and adoption authorities as the children are mainly adopted by Indian couples. The Indian Government finances the project almost entirely. There are preparation meetings organised for adoptive parents to assist them in the adoption process.
MDM Boys Home integrated complex for destitute special children home
This boys’ home hosts 37 children and minors. The facility welcomes children and teens who are HIV positive, disabled or need special assistance, as well as some who have dropped out of school but have managed to resume their studies thanks to the assistance provided to them. The weakest and most vulnerable children receive special attention including periodic medical appointments. The educators organise various recreational and sporting activities every day. There are football and cricket pitches and a volleyball court where the children can play. All of the guests take a basic computer course with good effort. The guests also help out in the kitchen as best as they can and also do some gardening.
MDM Children Village
This children’s village hosts 40 children and minors in its facilities. The children who live here are provided with everything they need to live, from personal effects to hot meals, and, most importantly, access to education by attending government schools. Given the large number of children housed in this care centre, the educators organise various recreational and sports activities to keep them busy. Small peer group meetings are held daily to promote socialisation; the meeting spaces are also important in promoting the integration of guests of different ages. The children can do karate and there are also football and cricket pitches where they can play.
MDM Babies Home
This babies’ home is the local point of reference for adoption of orphaned and abandoned children. It welcomes babies and children from 0 to 3 years old, but most of them are less than one year old. The babies and children are cared for by loving moms who attend to their needs, feed them and change them. There are preparation meetings organised for adoptive parents to assist them in the adoption process as well as later, during the integration period. This care centre strives to obtain adoption processes free of cost for new parents, who in many cases would not be able to bear the high administrative and legal fees involved in getting custody of a child.
This home accommodates 23 orphan girls who, for various reasons, can no longer live with their families. Casa Rana also provides care to girls who still do live with their families, which, however, are too poor to take care of them. The guests regularly attend primary and secondary school; additional teaching support such as basic computer science lessons is also provided. Various activities are organised for the guests, who engage in storytelling, yoga classes and dance therapy. The families of the girls who do not live at the home receive regular visits by social workers.
This home hosts 22 orphan girls who can no longer live with their families, due to various reasons, and who are HIV-positive or have AIDS. It also provides care to 6 girls who still live with their families, which, however, are too poor to take care of them, also due to the girls’ condition. The guests regularly attend primary and secondary school; additional teaching support is provided, such as English lessons. Various activities are organised for the guests, including storytelling, yoga classes and dance school.