The TCS World 10k Hope Trail: Life gives these girls a second chance

The 48 girl children that Baale Mane, the first home in Bangalore dedicated to protecting girls from domestic service, houses have different background stories of single parenthood, extremely low economic status, domestic violence, and orphanhood. Disowned by her parents, as a result of being victimized due to an aftermath of a fire accident at home, […]


The 48 girl children that Baale Mane, the first home in Bangalore dedicated to protecting girls from domestic service, houses have different background stories of single parenthood, extremely low economic status, domestic violence, and orphanhood.

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Madhumala, homed at The Baale Mane was disowned by her parents at a tender age.

Disowned by her parents, as a result of being victimized due to an aftermath of a fire accident at home, Madhumala was sent to Bangalore by her grandmother who rescued her from a domestic service her parents’ had subjected her to. She spent her days on the not- so girl friendly streets of the busy city of Bangalore, till some heart found the need to shepherd her to The Baale Mane and Paraspara Trust, with whose aid Madhumala underwent a surgery to fix her disfigurement. Bloomed into a confident young lady, Madhumala cleared the 2nd PUC examination with a second class, thereby taking one step closer to fulfilling her ambition of becoming a computer software engineer.

The Baale Mane, initiated in 2001 by Paraspara Trust, an NGO working towards the eradication of Child Labour, aims to ensure the provision of the four rights of the child as stipulated by the United Nations Convention: survival, protection, development and participation.

We caught up with Vicky Chenery, Assistant Manager, Baale Mane, to sense her thought on the Baale Mane and the TCS 10k….

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Vicky and the girls play Holi at The Baale Mane

Impact of their work at Baale Mane…

The work impacts our girls directly and through their knowledge we hope to increase our impact externally. The girls conduct workshops to more privileged children and adults alike in the city of Bangalore. Their strength is incredible, given what most of them have faced in their young lives and the optimism and dedication they put into everything they do is inspiring to all who have the fortune to meet them. With tie ups in the city with corporate organisations and educational institutions, we hope to continue spread social awareness of child rights.

TCS 10k 2012…

The 10k is a brilliant way of drawing the Bangalore NGO community together and to encourage people to learn about all the NGOs operating in their city. Many people are surprised to hear about some of the work NGOs are doing because they were not aware of that the issue even existed in the first place. It creates social awareness and a more caring community in general.

Funds are raised for…

girls at school

The girls attend four different schools near the home.

The Mane presently accommodates 40 children, ages ranging from 6 to 17, in one single room along with the staff. The staff and girls deserve space of their own. The organization is of the belief that smaller dormitories segregating the girls according to their age will significantly enhance the living environment and enable the girls to thrive better in their individual academic and extra curricular activities. Although a local architect has offered his professional services for free, the costs of expanding the campus is in lakhs.

All pictures courtesy: The Baale Mane

For more information on The Baale Mane, visit their website: The Baale Mane

As a part of On Two Feet , a The Alternative series on Community Sport, Philanthropy and Sustainability, we look at the efforts of non-profit organisations, CSRs and runners in raising funds for their causes at the TCS World 10k, Bangalore, 2012.


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Aishwarya is a second year Journalism student at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She is currently interning with The Alternative over her semester holidays. She kills her time listening to music and dreaming away to glory. more

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Aishwarya is a second year Journalism student at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She is currently interning with The Alternative over her semester holidays. She kills her time listening to music and dreaming away to glory. more
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  • Vj

    Thanks Aishu, quite rightly I did not have a clue about the work of this NGO. This does seem like an organisation with some gr8 purpose. Kudos to them and good job of bringing their work to the limelight…keep up the good work.
    Vj