gwalior childrens charity - sponsor a child in india




(Regd. Charity No 1063694)

snehalaya the home with love  

children at snehalaya that need sponsors

sponsor a child in india - Arif

"I need a sponsor!"

 Arif, is 10 year old child with learning disabilities, since July 09 living in Snehalaya with his mother Rukshana. He is attending main stream school though learning slowly to do other community work too with other children. He helps with gardening and caring for other children living with them in cottage 5.

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 Little breaks a heart faster than a child's smile. It may be a smile of anticipation...a smile of pure joy...a smile of longing ... a smile that says "thank you" (’Dhan’yavada ’ in Hindi ) that means much more than words in any language.

 In "Snehalaya" there are more than 63 (the number grows daily) smiling faces. These are the children that have escaped the hard, menial, and monotonous future of living on the streets of India...and have come to a place where they are treated with dignity and all their needs are met.

 "Snehalaya", meaning "the home with love" in Hindi, is a care home for disabled children, homeless women and the aged, where they live together as a family in individual cottages, with aims to help make them independent and live with dignity.

 It is our aim for Snehalaya to become completely self sufficient. We have drilled bore holes to provide fresh drinking water, cultivated 15 acres of land and we rear dairy cows and poultry to provide food. We are making good progress but we are a long way off from being 100% self-sufficient, with electricity production being our biggest and most costly hurdle.



 The Gwalior Children's Charity does not receive any government support from India, despite operating in one of it's poorest and most needy areas. Because of this we rely solely on donations from around the world.

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All running costs are met thorugh the kindness of our donors. Nothing is deducted for administration costs with 100% of funds going directly to help the children.


For details of all our residents, please click here, or read on to find out a little more about them...

disabled residents at Snehalaya

 You are always most welcome to visit our facilities at Gwalior and Snehalaya [located at the 16 km milestone in Jhansi Road, Village Sikroda on the way to Jhansi from Gwalior].

In the meantime, let’s introduce some of our residents, who live as ‘family’ in our purpose-built cottages surrounded by play-areas and gardens. The environment at Snehalaya is a marked contrast to the rigid, formal atmosphere that exists in most traditional Indian orphanages. It is truly a ‘Care Home’ for destitute children mostly with disabilities and or sick, homeless women and the aged. When the entire project is completed, Snehalaya will be 'home' to over 200 disabled and destitute children with a school and hospital on site to provide education and healthcare for residents there and those in surrounding villages.

For details of all our residents, please click here

Here are just a few of our current residents

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A few of Gwalior’s more fortunate orphans

 Ajay is 14 years old. He has improved a lot since having come to Snehalaya from Mercy Home . He is able to do most of routine things by himself, enjoys dancing and listening to music. His epilepsy is well controlled with ongoing medications. He is blossoming extremely well. He is quite friendly with his peers in Snehalaya and participates in all the sports and other school activities regularly. He keeps a guard and helps in caring for other smaller children too.

 Anuradha is now almost 10 years old and has Cerebral Palsy and Learning Difficulties. An active an energetic child, she enjoys dancing and playing. Her boisterous laugh can be heard throughout Snehalaya. She is very caring towards the younger children and always willing to help.

 Guddu is now an18 year old young boy who, came to us in the first group of children from Mercy home.. He has learning disabilities and epilepsy with speech problems. He has settled well, learning to speak, communicating much better now. He shows a gentle character with shining eyes. In spite of his deformities with difficulty in walking, he enjoys dancing, painting and playing.. His epilepsy is well controlled. He has special interest in automobiles -- he likes to visit our car park examining cars inquisitively. He enjoys watching tractors, cars, trucks etc. passing. He also enjoys farming and gardening activities, too.

 Lali is about 7 years old and has Talipes, Epilepsy and Learning Difficulties. She has made a remarkable recovery after being desperately ill with measles in 2007 and is now a happy little girl. She loves exploring, enjoys attention and has a delightful smile.


 Meenoo Jr. An 8 years old girl, she came to us with her mother Rupa from Mercy Home. This is the first homeless mother and child living together in Snehalaya,. The mother was homeless, mentally ill, had learning disabilities and epilepsy.. Meenoo is normal–she just never had an opportunity for any education or environmental development. She actively participates in all the sports, cultural and play activities with other children.. An intelligent child, she was refused admission in the mainstream school because of late arrival after school year had already started, but we have already sent her to mainstream school in 2009.

 Papan is a 7 year old child with learning disabilities, who has been brought to Snehalaya in June 2008 as an emergency when he was noticed being abused in Mercy Home having been there for about six months. When he came to Snehalaya, he was scared of any one and every thing and was literally mute. He has settled well and has learnt to speak.. He enjoys drawing and painting in school, takes active part in drama and play activities. He is a keen dancer too, following on Bollywood rhythm and tunes.

 Radha is 9 years old, living with other children in Snehalaya like any other normal child undergoing education in a nearby mainstream school. She continues with second line ARV medications. Radha is first child who came to us with HIV which made us start the hospice for children with HIV in Gwalior, With the opening of our new care home, the hospice has been merged into Snehalaya. Radha is very intelligent and bubbly child, takes active part in all sports activities winning prizes all the time. She is a keen dancer and interest in painting.

 Vishal is 12 year old and has Cerebral Palsy with learning disabilities. He was unable to walk when he came to us but now he walks with frame and participates in sports. He is a very bright boy who enjoys school and loves to dance. He is particular about his appearance and a bit of a “bossy boots” especially when it comes to the needs of the other children as he is very caring.

For details of all our residents, please click here

A few minutes of your time now could make a lifetime of difference to one of these children!

Be part of our 'Sponsor - A - Child ' Programme. A once-only payment of £ 2,500 as gift aid in UK (US$ 5,000 in USA or Rs. 2.5 Lakh in India) or £20 per month (US$40 or Rs.1500) or equivalent in any convertible currency, provides shelter, food, clothing, health care and education for a disabled child. You'll receive a photograph of your chosen child plus regular reports on their welfare and progress. You'll be giving them the priceless opportunity to become independent and grow up to live with dignity. You can send a cheque (made out to “Gwalior Childrens Hospital”) to Gwalior Childrens Charity, 14 Magdalene Rd., Walsall, WS1 3TA, UK. Or donate now securely on-line.

 The 2011 Souvenir book is available to read online and for download, with all the latest news about Snehalaya and Gwalior Childrens Charity.

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  The Gwalior Children's Charity does not receive any government support from India, despite operating in one of it's poorest and most needy areas. Because of this we rely solely on donations from around the world.

donate now

All running costs are met thorugh the kindness of our donors. Nothing is deducted for administration costs with 100% of funds going directly to help the children.

 The Gwalior Children's Charity raises money to help poor and destitute people in Gwalior, India. Although our main focus is on the children of Gwalior, our work also extends to women and the elderly.

     Women and children at Snehalaya

 Our projects aim to give the children of Gwalior, and where possible their families, independence by providing the skills, education and healthcare required to break their cycle of poverty and live a better life.

new school at Snehalaya childrens home

 New School
The school will provide education for residents of Snehalaya with special needs plus 500 children from surrounding villages. This is one of the important services provided free of charge, with the help of GCC supporters.

Give A Smile...
£15 Provides a years supply of school materials for 1 child

£40 Provides 3 mths of food, shelter and education for a destitute child.

£100 Provides life saving vaccinations for 100 children

£250 Provides a months supply of clean drinking water at Snehalaya.

£400 Provides a months supply of electricity to Snehalaya.

£1500 Provides accomodation for life for 1 disabled child

£2500 Provides complete care and accomodation for 1 disabled child.



Gwalior  Childrens  Charity (Regd. Charity No. 1063694),  &  Snehalaya Trust , 14,Magdalene Road, Walsall, West Midlands. WS1 3TA (U.K.)
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