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The activities of Bal Ashram can be classified into seven categories.

  • Social Development:Training on social issues like dowry, child labour, corruption and child marriage is imparted to the children to instill in them certain basic social values. Efforts are undertaken to make them introspect on these burning social issues, which allow them to become responsible citizens who in turn communicate these values to the next generation. 

  • Formal Education: Since most of the children below the age of 14 admitted to the ashram are illiterate they are trained in basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills. This also generates in them an interest towards education.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation: The children undergo vocational training in a number of disciplines best suited to their expertise like carpentry, tailoring, painting etc. Once the training period at the Ashram is over, the boys are sent to a formal school where they can be integrated into mainstream education. 

  • Physical Education: Children of the Ashram are provided with medical facilities in addition to this they are taught how to cope with simple ailments. They are also educated on personal hygiene and etiquette that is reflected in their everyday living. 

  • Leadership Development Initiative: The committee system was devised to promote leadership qualities amongst the children. A committee each is formed to see to the smooth and effective functioning of the Ashram's food supply, maintenance, security and discipline. This creates in the children a sense of responsibility and accountability. 

  • Cultural Education: In order to instill a sense of cultural pride among the children, various programmes are organised from time to time keeping in view the culture of the nation in general and rural culture in particular. Children are trained in folk songs and patriotic songs and are exposed to different dance forms thus demonstrating the fact that culture is a great unifying force. 

  • Human Rights Education: Awareness on human rights is also imparted to children. Moreover, they are encouraged to discuss issues related to children and women's rights, gender equity and environmental protection and thus sharpens their thinking process.
  • Formal Education

Most of Bal Ashram children are brilliant and secure top positions in their classes.

  • Music classes

Virender, Imtiyaz and Suraj are being trained in music by Double Grammy award winner Robin Hogarth and Padma Shri Awardee, Sumitra Guha in New Delhi. These children will be performing in a concert of Sumadhur Hansadhwani being held at Satya Sai Auditorium in Lodhi Road on 3rd August 2012.

  • Vocational training centre for women

Rajasthan is one of the poorest states in India. Child marriage, female infanticide, priority of education to boys over girls, poor health facilities and accessibility to hospitals, lack of sex education are some of the major problems of the state.

Girl children are forced into child marriage and there by leading them into a life of social stigma and insecurity.  Adolescent girls are not given any guidance or orientation on sexual and reproductive health. Most of their questions remain unanswered as discussion of sex and reproduction is considered a taboo. This is also because of the ignorance of the parents and   lack of availability of health care centres and lady doctors. Thus many of the adolescent girls are at a high health risk. Also traditionally, girls have been regarded as being inferior to boys and hence have not been able to benefit as much as boys.

On the other hand, Rajasthan is unequalled in the world for itsheritage and expertise in handicraft. Handicraft would act as a major income source in the villages especially for the women if it is promoted by the government as well as private sector. Unfortunately there are no proper strategies to implement these craft as an income generation source.

Taking this into consideration, the vocational training centre for girls was inaugurated in December 2009 as a centre where the adolescent girls of BMGs near to Bal Ashram could gain training on tailoring, embroidery and beauticians course. It was started with the main objective that the girls and the women in the neighbouring areas becomes empowered and are aware of their rights.

Girls from neighbouring villages like Jaisingpura, Surajpura, Chitoli, Viratnagar, Sauthana etc come to the  centre. These girls belong to varied communities such as brahmin, gujjar, yogi, balai, harijan, kumhar etc. This have also resulted in positive impact on other girls in the community who were not allowed to go out by their parents. Now these girls have also started coming to the centre.