that come up regarding Morning Star
The Name of the Organization: DIDIER
, Registered Office: #255/2/10, Kothanur Village & Post, Bangalore, 560 077
The Children's house is called 'Morning
Star', and expanded as Morning Star Learning Center. Recognized
under Section 80G(5)(vi) of the Income Tax Act of 1961.
What are the Aims of the Organization?
To undertake social service
activities for the benefit of the socially backward members of the society
irrespective of caste and creed.
To help and guide the socially and economically backward communities.
To support and promote the
advancement of educational activities especially for destitute boys, orphans,
drug addicts, problem children and boys from broken homes and street
To erect and maintain schools,
boarding schools free of charge.
To promote education, science,
literature and fine arts
What is the Background Experience
available with the Organization to run this Project?
The project we are describing
is not just a future project. It is a reality that needs to be developed.
"Morning Star", a home for
street children started August 1991 at Anekal, (Bangalore) and later it
moved to NGEF Layout, Bangalore.
On 9th February 1994, the
Organization was registered as a Charitable Trust.
From that time on, "Morning
Star" has been a home for more than 70 boys, ranging from 4 to 21 year
Presently it holds 60 boys
and 3 adults, being its capacity completely filled, as we are living in
a small building with 3 rooms and no possibilities to expand on.
Boys receive shelter, food,
moral and religious education, formal education (they are sent to select
schools and complementary classes for Indian classic music, etc.), place
and time for homework, and a family atmosphere. There, responsibilities,
mutual understanding and cultivation of oneness take their place in a true
respect for different persons and religions.
Who are the Persons In-Charge
and responsible for the Project?
Mr. John Kennedy Samson.
Age: 40 plus, Born in Bangalore, Marital Status: Single, Education:
He started the Project in 1991.
Mr. Joy Honorius.
Age: 34 plus, Born in Bangalore,
Marital Status: Single,
Mr. A. Dharma Raj
Except for Mr. Dharma Raj, the rest are living with the boys, in
the house, taking care of all responsibilities and needs, totally dedicated,
All are Indian by nationality.
Where is the Location of the Project?
Initially, the children were housed at the Registered Office address,
but as time went on,
there were difficulties and the house became overcrowded with 60 people.
"Morning Star", #255/2/10,
Kothanur Village & Post, Bangalore 560077.
Now after the Land has been acquired and registered with the katha
or Land Deed, the permanent address is :
Morning Star Learning Center, Survey # 146/3, Chagalatti Village,
This was a house with asbestos sheets, four rooms, bathrooms and
kitchen. The place is North of Bangalore, and is situated 12 km away from
the Outer Ring Road (ORR), central railway and bus stations. The area
is very quiet, ideal for children to heal from past hurts. This is soon
to be the new International Airport Link Road, presently known as the
Hennur - Baglur Road. There are Bus services, but sparingly in frequency
which may improve because of the impending change of status of the road.
The distance from this place to Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore's centre,
can be estimated in 20 km. The place is linked with the down town by bus
(293 D, 293 E, 293 F, 293 J) and it is not an isolated place, as there
are many schools coming up and other possibilities for education of children.
"Morning Star" is the name of the 'home', and "Morning Star Learning Center", is the name of the 'facility'.
What are the Geographical characteristics of the area?
Bagalur was formerly a village that now has been annexed to Bangalore
City and comes under the purview of the Bangalore Development Authority
(BDA). It is still an open area suitable for these kinds of projects.
It also has the tranquil atmosphere of a countryside, with many modest
families dedicated to agricultural labors.
The architectural project for the new "Morning Star" is already
done by the architect Mr. Anup Naik, residing in Bangalore. It contemplates
not only housing, but the needs kids have for playing, caring animals and
pets, cultivating vegetables, etc.
Which are the best months to travel to this area?
There are not special difficulties. The area can be visited any
time during the year. However one must take into consideration that the
climate of Bangalore is changing rapidly due to pollution, but this area
being far away from such a threat is spared for the moment. The roads are
fairly good and tarred, except at the entrance to Morning Star which is
still a mud road. The onus of putting an interior road is with the BDA,
so there is no motivation to improve the situation earlier than necessary.
How did the idea for the Morning Star Project originate?
The necessity of buying a piece of land and building a new house
originated in many factors, namely:
Space at the Registered Office was limited and insufficient to take
care of the immediate demands, as many children wanted to use the facilities
of the shelter. There was no playground for the children to let off steam
and be themselves as children. Open area was very small on every side.
All paths are built up with houses and the children were curtailed in their
freedom so as not to disturb neighbors.
Further, as the neighbors knew of the origins of the children, they
looked down upon them. In fact, the neighboring children hesitate to
play with them, and it was felt that the neighborhood rejected the presence
of these assorted group of 'special' children. The house being very small,
the same places were used for everything, dinning room, study hall, dormitory,
recreation room, etc. There was no place for outdoor games like football,
cricket, throw ball, where running was part of the activity. The very
little garden plot on the premises was insufficient to provide the children
an ideal place for working and cultivating vegetables or other convenient
There was no place when a boy was sick, to isolate him. Due
to this, there was a constant dependence on hospitals, which resulted
in much inconvenience, mainly because of the distance and lack of time.
Also it disturbed the flow of administration and management of the house
which housed 60 inmates, and so few helping hands.
Describe any preliminary studies or activities undertaken in identifying
the need for implementing the Project.
Bangalore, formerly a pleasant residential town of mainly retired
people has now become a bustling industrial city with nearly five million
people, mainly poor from the outskirts entering daily to seek a livelihood.
Among them are many children, especially boys, who have run away from
their homes for various reasons. There are children who have broken all
ties with their families and live in bus stations and on railway platforms,
earning their livelihood by rag-picking or committing petty thefts. There
are also illegitimately born and thrown to the streets who roam around
without a home or guardian and add up to the above group.
Many of these children can be seen working in hotels and coffee
shops, small scale industries and constructions as a means to earn food,
being exploited by unscrupulous employers using child labor.
Give a detailed description of the social, economic, cultural and political
conditions of the area.
As in the cities the unity of family breaks down, many children
are thrown in the streets. The problem is acute in Bangalore as like
any other metropolitan cities. The sense of community, present in little
villages, is completely lost in big cities, where everybody just looks
for his own problems. Children without family cannot find an alternative
for themselves and easily fall prey to unscrupulous people. The Government
has Laws that nobody fulfills. The lack of control of these social problems
in India is well known, like a kind of "social epidemic disease".
A personal inspiration brought me to dedicate myself to this task,
nine years ago. I started going out to the slums, contacting street boys,
inviting them to find a shelter or a place for bath or food, and so winning
As the simple assistance was manifested insufficient, slowly provisions
were made to provide a home and a more complete education to these children.
So the first idea, simple assistance, culminated to integral education.
Children were selected with priority to these do not have family,
thus giving them a home and a family.
The task of "Morning Star" finishes when the boy is able to find
a work and to set himself in life, renting a room and finding a means for
Specify the problems and needs which the Project intends to solve, and
why is it necessary.
Certainly "Morning Star" cannot solve the "street children" problem
in Bangalore. It just helps, in a little measure.
Anyway, the Project was necessary because of the urgent situation
on hand at that time:
The necessity of starting the construction before completion of
the time bound stipulation of the Government which could result in loss
of permission to run the Organization or License to do so. Although it
does not say so in print and words, but inferences can definitely be summarized
between the lines. The possibilities of a better home and more integral
education in the new location. The possibilities to increase the number of
beneficiaries, that was not possible only because of the lack of place. The
possibilities to prepare a more complete Project beyond the age of 16/18
for young people, preparing in different stages, according to the necessities.
The necessity of giving stability to the whole Project, until then lacked
a proper and definite place.
Project's aims: What is the general purpose of the Project? What are
To continue offering the work it is presently doing, in the social
field with street children.
To increase the number of housed children, until the number of 80-100,
according to new possibilities.
To prepare a complementary project for working youth, after 17 years
Project's goals: What initial specific goals did Morning Star have and
hope to achieve?
To settle in the new property that was acquired
To build the new house for the children, according to the architectural
To have better facilities and premises for housing and education
of children: More place, separated places for different activities, a more
complete project beyond 17 years.
What activities Morning Star intended to undertake or measures necessary
in order to achieve the goals?
Measures already taken: The land had been already purchased. The
architectural project has been prepared. The pedagogical project has been
checked during these ten years, as to prove the validity of our style
and methods. Construction of a provisory shelter in the compound. Now
it is the Construction of the additional rooms and facilities for the
Challenged Children, brought out by the necessity of expansion. The foundation
has already been laid, now the new section of the building has to come up
at the northern side of the existing building.
What measures had been taken to achieve the goals?
To move to our new location before date of the expiring permission,
and to build the new premises as soon funds are received. This part is
complete, the move Morning Star from the Registered Office location
at Kothanur Village to the new premises at Chagalatti Village.
Material and Human Resources: Number of persons required, experience
and salaries. Materials required.
Because of the characteristics of the Project, the necessary human
resources are Architect and Contractors. The Architect, author of the
Project of the building is Mr. Anup Naik, with the studio in the following
address: IN ANTIS 3/2C, Zubeida Mansion, Lady Curzon Road, Shivajinagar,
Bangalore 560 001. Contractors for the new schedule of the Project are still
to be designated, and be concluded with the receipt of funds. Materials
required are the standard requirements for a building, granite, cement,
sand, steel, paint, wood, electrical, plumbing, etc..
State the total time required for implementation and completion of the
The time for the total achievement of the project is 12 to 18 months
if funds are available.
What are the total number of direct beneficiaries:
Presently, 55, In the future, 80-100 boys after the new block is
completed and the challenged children have their own area, now they are
shared with the normal children in one building.
Because of the special characteristics of the Institution, until
now has been only for boys and two girls. With the lack of place there
was no other possibility. Perhaps in the future, the number of girls could
increase after finding dedicated matrons to look after them and share in
the same life style as the founders.
What are the Criteria employed in the selection of beneficiaries?
There are not previous conditions. Children from the streets are
invited to come to the house. There they are befriended by other children
who make them to feel free at home and teach them the basic rules of the
house. They can remain there or go away. Not all children who come here
continue to stay at home. But the house keeps open doors for all those with
whom it has good contacts. Street children may come and stay for a night
or two, sleep, take a good bath, eat and go back again. But this home
is not a shelter for working children to stay for the nights.
The policy of "Morning Star" will be to take these boys who have
a desire to go to school and become educated and literate, in whatever
branch, technical or commercial training, and eventually grafting them
into the mainstream of social life, which so far has rejected them because
of who or where they were once.
State how the target population has been involved in the preparation
and decision making process of the project and to what extent they will participate
in its future development and continuity:
Even if children, because of their age, have not participated in
the decision making process for the purchase of the land and construction
of a new house, the simple possibility of a new home and better premises,
with place for study, games, a piece of land to be cultivated, with animals
and pets, has been very much welcomed.
Everybody is well accepted, irrespective of religion and caste.
There are Hindus, Muslims and Christians, without any differences.
Explain how the Project will work once external financial aid is over:
As far as external aid is immediately required for the construction
of the building, once this financial aid is over, the Organization
will continue as it has done until now. It has been registered as a Non-Governmental
Organization (NGO), and it is entitled to appeal for and to receive grants
and donations. There are arraknut and coconut trees planted which should
give a turnover to help run some of the expenses. Ragi crops are grown and
consumed as standard meals at Morning Star.
What are the Future Projects
Because of these reasons when MOrning Star started, long time ago
the organizers started to find out an alternative to this situation. They
tried to find a plot of land of their own, where a bigger house could be
built and place for games and manual work would be found.
A plot of land in a suitable location was found, according to the
the organizer's economical possibilities in Bagalur (Bangalore District.)
It is 3,675 acres or 147 guntas (1 acre = 40 guntas), with a total cost
of 918.750 Rs (250.000 Rs per acre). (Note: An acre equals 0.4 hectare
or an area measuring 64 x 64 m. The land bought already, while the special
permission from Karnataka Government to buy "agricultural land" is completed.
The Main Future Project is the completion of the Challenged
Children's section of the house. This will have the necessary facilities
for movement of the physically impaired, ramps, toilets, sleeping cots,
medical room for physiotherapy, easy link to the main building which at
present houses the normal and challenged children, which consists
of a dinning room which doubles as a dormitory at night, a kitchen run
on gas, a library, a dormitory with double row bunkers for the normal
children upstairs, a quadrangle and guest rooms.
Is there any Tax Benefits available
for donating to Morning Star?
Yes, the Didier Charitable
Trust is Registered with the Office of the Director of Income Tax (Exemptions),
Bangalore and holds a valid Recognition Certificate No: DIT(E)80G(R)/234/W-1/2005-06
DT: 02/09/2005 Valid till 31st March 2008,
under Section "80G(5)(VI)"
of the Income Tax Act of 1961.
donors in India can avail of this benefit as per the Income Tax Rules.
ALL DONATION PAYMENTS/CHEQUES, ARE TO BE
MADE ONLY IN THE NAME OF "DIDIER CHARITABLE TRUST".
What Morning Star and the Orphanages
in Bangalore don't need
There is so many tragic events around the world, and people and organizations
are involved in donating to these events. However, some do consider donating
their mite towards the less fortunate children in local orphanages and homes.
What the Orphanges do not require is 'Negative
by newspapers who like to spice up their headlines trying to grab attention
to something which is a half -truth. This causes unnecessary doubts in genuine
donors, and those who toil to look after the children have an extra burden
of trying to always prove that they are legitimate instead of utilizing their
time more effectively for the children.
this Site: Courtesy Mark & Jude Lazaro, Lyn Fernandez and Ronnie
of the Challenged Children of Morning Star ...a few lines
and photographs on some of the Challenged children and those who have
been successful in bettering their lives
in the Life
of a Morning Star
Child .... A daily child's routine,
covering school days, holidays, weekends, both for the normal
as well as the challenged child
A Day in
of a Morning Star
Dad and Mom .... A glimpse of
the life of the Morning Star Dad and Mom, a
never ends with the sunset, that's when the responsibility and another
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