Proposed extravaganza event >>Kids musical/dance/pizza

Yeah we are back in the USA!!!! India was really cool place with great folks and awesome kids!!! We helped as many poor kids as we could and plan on going back next winter enlarging how many kids we can help.The kids we miss very much and they were so AWESOME!!!

We have learned a new appreciation for America!!! So glad to be back on our American farm soil!!!And just being born here is like hitting the lottery. Our economy provides so much more opportunity than in India.

So hey and hope all is well to all our wonderful friends and family:)

Jeff and Jodi

Hi everybody:)

Hope all is well in USA. As an update of our activities to help the kids. We have hired an English and computer teacher named Sachin Solomon to educate at two Indian Government schools. At the one school we have added a safety fence for when we bought a soccer ball for the kids it went over a short wall. Well a bunch of boys jumped over that wall and then leaped down an 8 foot bank and rolled into the road. So the fence we installed for them doesn’t allow kids to jump over it and will stop most of the balls which would have went over it.

Still no new news on Bal Ashram orphanage. We won’t let up till the abusive staff at Bal Ashram in Saliana, India is removed! The kids there are some of the finest kids in the world and deserve being treated with love and not controlled by abusive fear. The Palampur Rotory needs to remove the abusive staff and the gentlemen from the Palampur Rotory are honorable men and will do the right thing in time.

Have a great day:)

Jeff and Jodi

Hi everybody:)

Hope all is well in USA. As an update of our activities to help the kids. We have hired an English and computer teacher named Sachin Solomon to educate at two Indian Government schools. At the one school we have added a safety fence for when we bought a soccer ball for the kids it went over a short wall. Well a bunch of boys jumped over that wall and then leaped down an 8 foot bank and rolled into the road. So the fence we installed for them doesn’t allow kids to jump over it and will stop most of the balls which would have went over it.

Still no new news on Bal Ashram orphanage. We won’t let up till the abusive staff at Bal Ashram in Saliana, India is removed! The kids there are some of the finest kids in the world and deserve being treated with love and not controlled by abusive fear. The Palampur Rotory needs to remove the abusive staff and the gentlemen from the Palampur Rotory are honorable men and will do the right thing in time.

Have a great day:)

Jeff and Jodi

Well we are moving positively toward helping two poor government schools. We are hiring Sachin Solomon as the teacher for computers and English.

The kids are very very nice and we are excited to help them all.

We’ll be painting several rooms at the one school and providing Sachin to teach there along with helping the other school.

We bought recess FUN stuff for both schools and the kids were so so HAPPY!!!! However a soccer ball we bought flew over the brick fence and 5 boys jumped the fence as I yelled ,”NO!!!”  The boys then jumped 8 FEET down in to the road and luckily there wasn’t any cars coming. So we will be buying and putting up a metal mesh fence on top of the brick fence.

Have a great day:)

 

Hi everyone:)

Well we are safe and sound living with our friend Sachin. Luckily we have made so many friends here. The Rotary Investigative Committee never showed up. Instead we were ushered in to see the General Secretary of the Palampur Rotary. We soon found out that he had absolutely no interest in protecting the children and asked us many questions trying to incriminate us. He asked if we took photos and footage of the children. I handed our statement which he had already been given  by one of the Rotary guys. He just threw it at me across the table and said with a mean tone, ” I read it already.” He sat with arms crossed much of the time and not overly friendly tone.  He said we shouldn’t have walked the kids to and from school. I asked him if it was wrong to give fatherly and motherly attention and love while walking with the kids. He said the Warden and Caretaker have been here for decades and won’t hit children. I asked him how he can be so sure of that. I asked him if he thinks  physical abuse is okay for maintaining discipline. We told him that the kids need discipline by someone who they know has their best interest at heart and loves them. We talked about the wonderful elderly couple which donated all the land for the orphanage/school and how they gave so much love to all the kids. The kids need discipline (not a Warden running a prison) and a caretaker who actually cares for the kids. Rules without love is a recipe for disaster.

Hi all:)

Well we have told the truth to the Rotary in Palampur and they are a wonderful bunch of guys. However we have been asked from those in high places to leave the orphanage on this Monday. We won’t leave however until we are given a letter stating why we are being asked to leave. All we have been doing is trying to love the kids and improve their lives. Reporting physical abuse by staff should not be a crime!!! Below is our letter to the Rotary Investigative Committee which is coming to the orphanage to ask questions to the abusers, staff, us (hopefully) , and some of the older kids here.

So here is our latest letter:

 Letter to the Rotary Investigative Committee: from Jeff and Jodi
Thank you for coming to Bal Ashram to investigate and make transparent the child abuse, the many neglect’s of the Warden’s duties and for this opportinity for Jodi and I to provide information to the investigative committee.
We came here from halfway around the world in order to help out an orphanage and show a bunch of needy kids some fatherly and motherly love along with improving their living conditions. We have attempted to do this task and have succeeded in some of our proposed improvements. However, we have been asked to leave Bal Ashram by noon on this Monday. We were first told by the Warden we could NOT install a safety fence. Then the Vice Chairman said we could install the fence and finally yesterday the Vice Chairman said we could install the fence as long as we could complete the task by noon on this Monday. Sorry to say we can’t do 5 to 7 days of work in a day and a half. We only wanted to put up the fence so none of the children would fall down the steep slope and get seriously hurt. Hopefully this doesn’t happen but if so then who is responsible?
Disipline is a must however it must be given by someone who loves the children. The Caretaker/Warden, husband and wife team, do not appear to love the children and the children are at times quite afraid of them. There is a good reason they put the word ‘care’ in caretaker. Care is the main responsibility of a caretaker. The children should know these people love them and care for them. The children will then know you love them and will accept disipline positively if you love them. On one occasion Jodi and I witnessed one of the older boys who is now in College hitting twice on the head the smallest boy in the dining hall for apparently not eating all his food. Mrs. Rukmani (the caretaker) clearly saw the two strikes to the child’s head and I rose to my feet and said,”What is going on? He just hit that child!” Denying that it happened she said, “No hit”, while having a very large smile. I asked again and she repeated, “No hit”, still with a huge smile. Isn’t the responsibilty of the Warden to make sure there is no child abuse? Cameras which have been installed are a good idea however abusers can easily abuse out of sight of the cameras.
Jodi and I would please ask for a letter asking us to leave and the reasons for such an eviction signed by the Chairman and Vice Chairman. We will have to explain ourselves to John Dutch Summers, Industrialist and Philanthropist who gave us our funding. There are still tasks we wanted to complete here which were mainly the result of the Warden’s neglect of duty. We replaced one exhaust fan in the kitchen already. The kitchen staff had complained to us that they were getting headaches when they were working. A likely cause for these headaches would be carbon monoxide poisoning from the open flame cooking with no exhausting of the CO. There are three more fans we have ordered to be installed. The mold has grown excessively in these bathroom areas needing fans which isn’t healthy for the children. COGNITIVE FUNCTION OF 6-YEAR OLD CHILDREN EXPOSED TO MOLD-CONTAMINATED HOMES IN EARLY POSTNATAL PERIOD. PROSPECTIVE BIRTH COHORT STUDY IN POLAND>>> The group of children who completed the 6-year follow-up consisted of 277 babies born at term. Out of the whole sample, 52 children (18.8 %) lived for shorter periods (<=2 years) and 15 (5.4%) for longer periods than 2 years in mold-contaminated homes. General characteristics of the study subgroups defined by the exposure levels of indoor molds did not differ significantly except for the cognitive function level achieved at age 6 (Table 1). Children who lived for longer periods in mold-contaminated dwellings scored about 10 points lower than those with no exposure.
We fixed many broken windows which had been neglected by the Warden and we can show you these. Children were sleeping, eating and studying throughout the winter with whole window frames and glass missing. We will also show you all the rooms we have painted. We wanted to paint all 5 of the children’s bedrooms since old toxic lead paint is falling right off the walls in all the 5 rooms.
By Mayo Clinic Staff Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.
We want to provide computers however we wonder if we are welcome here since we are being evicted? We also have promised to Sachin Solomon his salary for one year to teach the children English and computers along with giving them fatherly love. One of the sad parts of being evicted is that the kids really need our love and attention and I don’t think you could find one child who wants us to leave. The saintly couple who donated the land here and gave all of themselves to this instituion were a enormous asset to these kids here. They changed these children’s lives dramatically for the better! Their presence and love is painfully absent now. What the children need most is love! The Warden and Caretaker lack any signs of showing love to these fine children. They run this place with a feeling of a prison, all rules and no love. They are illiterate from what the Vice Chairman told us. With all the enormous numbers of intelligent Indians perhaps someone with some training/degree should have their positions and most of all with a loving heart.
Test scores are a result of many factors. The Warden and Caretaker are extremely resented by the children. We have witnessed them many times indiscriminantly punishing all the children for the infraction one or just several children made. The punishment is always sitting them in front of their books. Most of them daydream as a form of not accepting being treated with a prison mentality. Sitting kids in front of books should not be associated with punishment. Who would like to study after that negative influence?
Please post these findings for the public record. Thank you!
Respectfully Yours,
Jeff and Jodi Andrysick

Hi all back in the good ol USA!!! Sorry we haven’t written recently we are trying to help the children here at the orphanage have a safe and loving environment.  We have our hands full recently. Please read the letter below written  to the Palampur Rotary which sponsors this orphanage.
 Observations of Bal Ashram Orphanage/Special Kids School at Saliana, India
     Thank you for this opportunity for Jodi and me to present our observations of the conditions at Bal Ashram in Saliana. There are many really good people working there that do a great job and care about the children.  Our concern is for the children and we came here to help them as much as we can. We want them to be safe and learn to become functioning adults and good citizens. Discipline is a must however it must be given by someone who loves the children. The Caretaker/Warden, husband and wife team, do not appear to love the children and the children are at times quite afraid of them. There is a good reason they put the word ‘care’ in caretaker. Care is the main responsibility of a caretaker. The children should know these people love them and care for them. We have already spoken with the Vice Chairman about this issue and he suggested we submit our observations. My father was a teacher for 43 years and told me when he retired that discipline is a necessity but MUST BE administered by someone who loves the children. The children he said will know if you love them and will accept the discipline positively if you love them. On one occasion Jodi and I witnessed one of the older boys who is now in College hitting twice the smallest boy in the dining hall for apparently not eating all his food. Mrs. Rukmani (the caretaker) clearly saw the two strikes to the child’s head and I rose to my feet and said,”What is going on? He just hit that child!”  Denying that it happened she said,”No hit”, while having a very large smile. I asked again and she repeated,”No hit”, still with a huge smile.
        Jodi and I have told the children that if any adult from here hits them to notify us. We try to walk the kids to school and back every day. Usually we both have kids holding our hands as we walk.  So walking to school one day one of the older boys looked depressed and I asked him why? He said to me that the female caretaker, Mrs Rukmani, does hit the little boys and he wanted me to know. He said he is afraid of what the warden and caretaker would do to him if they knew he told us this. And as we tried to talk alone the other boys came in our area and our conversation. I assume since I don’t speak Hindi that the boys asked the older boy what we were talking about. They kept saying “brother” which is how they refer to me in their conversation. Then in broken English the boys started to say  paraphrased “little boys hit by Mrs. Rukmani.” I asked why and they said for not eating fast enough or for eating too slow. What is the science behind hitting children for eating too fast or too slow? What if she hits a child and they choke on their food? Who then is responsible for the child’s death? What are the credentials of the Warden and Caretaker? Do they have degrees in this line of work? Do they have training in paramedics or child psychology? The children’s grades here are not where they should be. The pressure of the warden/caretaker in our humble estimation is heavily effecting the children’s low grade performance.They run this place more like a prison and not an orphanage. (Problematic school performance (e.g., low grades, poor standardized test scores, and frequent retention in grade) is a fairly consistent finding in studies of physically abused and neglected children (Eckenrode et al., 1991; Salzinger et al., 1984; Wolfe and Mosk, 1983), with neglected children appearing the most adversely affected.)
         Jodi and I bought 26,000 Rs of safety fence for a steep bank at the edge of the playground. We provided a map of where we would put the fence several weeks ago. After we special ordered the fence mesh the Warden came out and said you can’t put up the fence. So we lost 26,000 Rs of money we could have used for the kids. So under the current situation we do NOT feel safe buying three new desk top computers along with have our freind Sachin’s computer fixed as the fourth one. Recently a gentleman started to teach the kids here computers.  On the third day he showed up to teach the Warden refused to give him the new password. So that ended the free lessons. We don’t want the warden and his wife to take our computers and close them down with new passwords.  We wanted to be able to skype and email the children to know they are safe and always loved by us.
        The warden and his wife have made us feel extremely unwelcome here. We have never felt any time in our lives so unwelcomed.  Everything we do, every where we go they have us followed by their sons or themselves. The caretaker often puts her hands on her hips and glares at us. We tried to get some firewood for the special kids on Monday. They are burning lots of cardboard for a fire since their firewood is extremely  meager. We were pulling little dried branches which had long since been discarded down the steep slope. The Warden sent Rishi out to tell us that we couldn’t get any firewood from there. I asked where can we get firewood and he said on the premises there is no spot for getting firewood for the special kids. People have been donating firewood and the warden has a large pile for his own use, however he won’t let them have any.
        We have made friends with the really wonderful folks in this neighborhood. When they discuss giving to Bal Ashram all said they would never trust giving money to Bal Ashram. They said it is common knowledge here to only donate stuff like food, clothing. firewood, etc… The warden has a very nice classic Royal Enfield motorcycle which he frequently cleans and polishes during work hours while windows have remained broken over a child’s bed for 6 months (including the cold winter months) and where they study in the library two whole windows were missing and in the dining room which had many broken windows and a whole window missing. Children are being neglected and priorities are NOT in taking care of the children. If I was a donor to this facility I would want to know when was the last time an outside audit was done on Bal Ashram’s books and the new construction going on here?
        We have already painted 4 rooms and would have liked to paint 5 more rooms. We bought primer, paint, and sandpaper to paint the 5 children’s bedrooms. We have been informed by the VIce Chairman that due to peeling in one of the corners of our painted rooms that the work was sub par. We have never been thanked for anything we have done here by the Vice Chairman. The Vice Chairman said  to not paint the 5 rooms unless all the ceilings are sanded of all paint on them first, then leveled with concrete and then painted. He said that eventually the ceilings will be painted and that at that point drips could drop on the already painted walls. So we were not allowed to paint the walls first. The ceilings look fine like they are. We have photos if anyone would like to see them. The library we painted that has a little amount of  peeling is the mainly the result of moisture coming down from the ceiling. We are donating all the supplies and labor when we work and have 30 years experience as contractors in the USA. .  It’s disheartening to come here wanting desperately to help the kids only to be stopped over and over again on our attempts to improve things here.  And the walls could be painted first and any drips cleaned up with a wet rag.
         We are going to try to replace 3 more exhaust fans here. Three in the children’s bathrooms where huge amounts of mold is growing as a result of excess moisture. Priorities by the Warden and Caretaker are not for the benifit of the kids but apparently for their own personal gains.
         We don’t have the permission to build the wood fired pizza oven in the location that we requested.  It is an ideal location for the oven because it has a roof which would protect the oven.  We’re very sorry that the pizza oven won’t be built and that there will not be a song and dance celebration held.  We wish we could have treated the Rotary and their families to wood fired pizza and entertainment as a way of showing our gratitude for how welcome you all have made us feel. We will really miss you guys when we return home. I hope we can meet again however I know that John Dutch Summers, our philanthropist friend will not let us put his money into a place where the Warden and Caretaker are not there for the children and are abusive.
        All we came here to do is to just help the kids and we didn’t want to create any trouble for any of the staff. We really love the children. They are all wonderful children and already are suffering from not living at home with one let alone two parents. Their emotional life is already so hard and they don’t need to be abused by staff who should be loving. And no rule or law can make the Warden/Caretaker’s cold hearts warm and loving.
        We are heading home on March 7th. What are your next steps in regards to the Warden/Caretaker?
        Kathy Burns the President-elect of the Hammondsport Rotary (our hometown’s Rotary) has contacted the wonderful Palampur Rotary by Facebook and wants to offer assistance from her USA Rotary to Bal Ashram. However this hinges on the removal of the two abusive staff members and the Vice Chairman.
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Hi all:)

Hope every one is well back home. Jodi and I are proposing a big event for the kids here. Lets hope we get the approval. Well here is the proposal:

Good afternoon Chairman, Vice Chairman, Rotary Gentlemen, and Head Teacher,

The children here at the school would like to host a musical/dance event for all the fine people who have helped them out so much through out the many years.

They want to give some of themselves back to show their appreciation. They want to give and not always be in the position of receiving. Which probably would be very helpful for them to increase their self esteems.

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and also with half of their traditional songs and dance. This would help them improve their English.

We would love to make pizza for the event and we are proposing the event for Saturday March 5th or Sunday, March 6th.

If Saturday then pizza from 5 to 7pm and entertainment 7 to 8pm.

Or if Sunday then pizza would be available from 11 am to 1 pm and the entertainment form 1 until 2 pm.

If allowed we want all the V.I.P.s involved with the orphanage to be graciously welcomed.

The big exam is on March 5th and  Jodi and I leave here on March 7th, Monday.

And the pizza oven will take time to construct so it won’t be ready till March 5th unfortunately.

Sorry for a tight window of opportunity for this proposed event.

Jodi and I would build the wood fired pizza oven which would have the following characteristics:

1. Attempting a design which preheats with the abundant garbage (paper and plastic). However  the cooking chamber is separated from the garbage burning chamber. The cooking chamber is heated with fire wood or dried twigs even dry grass. I couldn’t find any plans for an oven which preheats with garbage so this will be a novel attempt. Even if that element doesn’t work out, the oven can still be used.

2. Oven will be sculpted to an artistic final form with soil, lime, and cement like some of the attached photos show.

3. For baking pizza, bread, and cookies.

4. Gives the kids a potentially different form of nutrition and a fun Sunday food. They will be taught to use the oven by Jodi and me. The kids could turn this into a potential business and help them to learn very essential business skills.

5. The cooks and other staff could use the oven for other type foods.

6. Want to host the Chairman and Vice Chairman’s families for pizza along with the fine Rotarian gentlemen and their families on either Saturday March 5th or Sunday, March 6th, with the kids as waiters.  Along with an invitation to anyone else who helps the kids out.

7. We would purchase all materials needed to build the pizza oven and we would do all the labor to build it.

8. The pizza oven could be located under the porch roof of the meeting room building.  We have laid borrowed brick down to show its location.

9. Jodi and I will pay for all the pizza ingredients and beverages.

10. The kids along with Jodi and I would do all the work calling on non of the staff.

The kids would like to give back to  those who look out for them. Just receiving and not giving doesn’t allow them a chance to feel that they are strong enough to be in the giving position. This would help build their self esteem.

Please give us your input on these ideas. Thank you in advance.

Respectfully Yours,

Jeff and Jodi Andrysick

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