Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay

  • 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 in rural West Bengal. Supported by Asha since December 2007
  • More details on this project - budget documents and a recent visit summary - can be found on the Asha Website
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. 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

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