Nayantara Rodrigues, Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation, was born in India and traveled to the U.S. at a young age. Every year she returns to India to visit family and every year she is moved by the ‘Street Children of India’. These children are homeless and in dire need of basic resources. They travel the streets begging for money or food and are often the outcome of devastating situations.
Nayantara traveled home and decided that something needs to be done. Soon her and her husband started a group – Namaste for Compassion.
“Our mission is to partner with our local community and organizations who share our vision. We hope to empower and support Street Children in India, inspiring compassion in all who are touched with this purpose. Our group started our search to find a small organization which we could help; an organization which works to offer hope and change for the Street Children in India. Our search led us to Bal Pushpa Home in Mumbai, India.” – Nayantara Rodrigues
Nayantara first visited the orphanage to meet with Sr. Dharma Rodrigues (pictured below on the far left in all white). Sr. Dharma started the orphanage and has tirelessly supported children from ages 0 to young adults. Sr. Dharma hopes that one day the children will dream of better lives.
Sr. Dharma informed Nayantara of the food, medical and educational needs they had. Nayantara returned home and held fundraisers to raise money for the Bal Pushpa Home orphanage. In January of 2018 Nayantara returned to the orphanage where she delivered supplies and the money for their needs.
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”― Pema Chödrön