Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay

Project Brief: Shishur Sevay is an orphanage intended to serve as a community based, family type home, and a model of non-institutional care of orphaned girls.
Project Type: Child Home (description)
Primary Focus: orphans (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Delaware
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Prasanna Kannappan
Project Partner(s): Michelle Harrison
Other Contacts: Joydeep Acharya
Project Address: , Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay,17/2/7 Sahapur Main Road,Kolkata,
WEST BENGAL  700038
Tel: (033)24981120
Stewarding Chapter: Delaware
Sep 2017CornellUSD 5995
Sep 2017ColoradoUSD 5363
Nov 2016CornellUSD 5074
May 2016DelawareUSD 3332
Jul 2015CornellUSD 5038
Nov 2014DelawareUSD 3356
Jun 2014CornellUSD 6806
Apr 2013CentralNJUSD 14787
Oct 2011CentralNJUSD 13363
Feb 2011CentralNJUSD 11020
Jul 2010CentralNJUSD 6867

Total = $81001

Shishur Sevay is an orphanage intended to serve as a community based, family type home, and a model of non-institutional care of orphaned girls.The orphanage home is about 1200 sq. ft, which is adequate for the 13 children there now.The children attend the government school in the locality. They also participate in community events, such as sports and festivals.

Shishur Sevay also provides classes for the children for six hours a day in addition to their school. The handicapped children receive eight hours a day of education/therapy. Cultural enrichment is given in evenings with dance, singing, and mime. The children are being educated in Bengali medium so they will be literate and expressive in their mother tongue. They are also receiving classes in English so they will be bilingual.

Visit Dr. Michelle Harrison's excellent blog about this project
Michelle's Blog

Read what Times of India has to say about Shishur Sevay
Times of India article
1. Provide safety, health care, education, and nurturing to orphan girls, those who have lost contact with family and community, and have been declared abandoned by the government.
2. Provide same for orphaned handicapped children and work to reach their fullest potential in quality of life, communication, mobility, and literacy.
3. To intensively educate orphan girls so they can reach their fullest potential. For some this means higher education; others will require vocational training; girls will also be raised with household work so they can function well in their future families, and as mothers.
4. Identify ways to educate older girls who enter educational system far behind their age peers.
5. To give children who have had lives of violence a chance to be children and to feel nurtured.
6. To raise orphan children with disabilities as part of normal family life and to encourage the relationships and bonding between the regular girls and the ones with handicaps.
Shishur Sevay received its registration as a Society under the West Bengal Societies Act XXVI of 1961, on 14 June 2006. Shishur Sevay does not have FCRA, but has just been approved for 80G tax exemption. The children arrived in February 2007 by order of the Child Welfare Committee.

Shishur Sevay represents a long term dream of Dr. Michelle Harrison who has been sponsoring children in West Bengal schools over the last seven years, and has also been an Asha volunteer with Asha CNJ and Kolkata. As she is a foreigner, she cannot have a governance role in the Society, but she has brought together a group of committed and dedicated Indians (including her Indian born daughter) to serve the children through their leadership and governance. Dr. Harrison stays at Shishur Sevay, sharing the floor mats with the children at night.
Jun 2017 CPSS Budget for sponsor by Asha Colorado
Apr 2017 Shishury Sevay project proposal for Asha Cornell
Apr 2017 Shishur Sevay - Budget addendum to project proposal
Apr 2017 Shishur Sevay - Budget and project proposal Cornell
Dec 2016 Site visit report Sishur-Sevay
Dec 2016 Site visit report Sishur-Sevay Dec 16
May 2016 Shishur Sevay Proposal
May 2016 Shishur Sevay Budget
May 2016 2016-2017 Shishur Sevay Asha Cornell proposal
Jan 2016 Shishur Sevay Budget
Jan 2016 Shishur Sevay Proposal
Dec 2015 Shishur sevay funding proposal 2015-2016
Dec 2014 Site visit report
Dec 2014 Shishur Sevay Proposal 2015-2016
Dec 2014 Site Visit Report 2015
Dec 2014 Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay
Dec 2014 Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay
Dec 2014 Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay Site Visit Report
Nov 2014 Project proposal 2014
Nov 2014 budget 2014-15
Dec 2013 Budget 2013-2014
Nov 2013 Site Visit
Apr 2013 Project Proposal 2012-2013
Apr 2013 WAH Approval Minutes
Dec 2012 SiteVisit2013
Jun 2012 Shishur Sevay budget 2012-13 - Asha WAH
May 2012 Site Visit
Feb 2011 Site Visit Feb 2011
Jan 2011 Half Yearly report 2010
Dec 2010 Revised Budget for 2011-2012
Aug 2010 Revised budget 2010-11
Aug 2010 Revised budget 2010-11
Jan 2010 Site Visit January 2010
Dec 2009 proposal part1
Dec 2009 proposal part2-budget
Dec 2008 budget
Dec 2008 site visit report
Apr 2008 Project Proposal for 2008-09
Mar 2008 Annexure I: School Schedule
Mar 2008 Annexure II: Annual Budget
Mar 2008 Annexure III: Asha Requested Budget
Feb 2008 Flyer highlighting the progress of children
Jan 2008 Site Visit by Purba and Soumik
Dec 2007 Dr. Michelle Harrison's take on the problem of orphans
Dec 2007 Description of Shishur Sevay by Dr. Michelle Harrision
Sep 2007 Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy magazine article
Jul 2007 Site Visit by Sridhar