Baale Mane (Girls' Home)
Summary: Baale Mane is a girls' home that aims to provide support for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds with long-term support in an environment that has the feel of a home rather than an institution. The objective of the home is to give each girl a fulfilling and happy childhood and to help her lead a self-sustaining adult life. --- The Baale Mane (which means girls' home) at Gopalapura is a home situated on the outskirts of the city of Bangalore, India, for about 60 girls between the ages of 6 and 18. The home welcomes and supports girls of all faiths and does not discriminate on the grounds of caste or creed. Founded in 2001 by Paraspara Trust, the home provides shelter and a loving home for girls. Some are orphans or have a sing...
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Description of Scale and Reach
The overall program was established in 2002, with care planning programs implemented over 2011-12. The program began with team systems and has since grown to be incorporated in every aspect of the girls' development. Based on its growing need to support girls who were moving into independent living, the organization established more programs and collaborated with other organizations in order to deliver those services. The organization has now developed more age-appropriate and specific programs to address the issues that girls will face during their lives. In 2013, the organization had the first group of girls move on to higher education. There are now eight girls pursuing Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com.) degrees. Prior to this, the program had not implemented any formal support networks, but it can now see the benefits the program has had on the girls.