Published on May 09, 2021
AHMEDABAD: ‘When I was in Shishu Gruh, an aunty was there. I used to call her Kala Baa. She was like my mother. She took good care of me. I also remember Ritesh Uncle,’ read a letter sent by Kyara, 7, to Shishu Gruh in Paldi on the eve of Mother’s Day. Kyara was adopted two years ago, but has maintained her relationship with her foster home.
While kids around the world mark the day with their moms, some can’t connect to their biological mothers. “But that’s why we are here – till the kids live with us, our efforts are always to ensure that they never feel the vacuum of a mother figure,” said Avni Sadhu, a caretaker at Shishu Gruh.
It’s a special bond for these women who know that these kids will live with adoptive parents sooner or later. “We know every child’s quirks, their friends, likes and dislikes. Thus, it’s always a long briefing for the new parents,” said Amita Khant, a social worker who lives with the children round the clock.
Ritesh Dave, superintendent of Shishu Gruh, said that the children often stay in touch with the organization and their ‘moms.’ “We invariably get calls, messages and sometimes letters on occasions like birthdays, festivals such as Diwali and Mother’s Day. Recently, a child had got Covid. Our caretakers stayed with the kid at SVP Hospital,” he said.