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Visit to the Tunaganda Palsigunung Orphanage

Posted on Oct 7, 2002

On Sunday morning of 6 October 2002, approximately 20 friends of Anand Ashram visited the Tunaganda Palsigunung Orphanage in Jl. Raya Bogor km28.5.

The orphanage was established in 1975 by the grandmother of Sarlito W. Sarjono, M.D., the current Vice Director. The orphanage had dealth with various problems in the past, particularly the economic crisis and the 1998 riot where they suffered a great deal of donation cut off.

During the visit, one of the Ashram friends donated a significant financial contribution to help sustaining the orphanage for a year. At the moment, the Tunaganda Orphanage has enjoyed considerable progress with more donations coming in the form of food, clothings or cash.

The orphanage took care of 27 double disabled children (16 males and 11 females) with age varied from 7 to 28 years old. On average, they suffered mental retardation and physical disabilities such as walking disability, blindness, mute, etc.

Despite its old age, the Tunaganda House still looked clean and well-taken care of. It seemed that the orphanage caretakers truly paid attention to the cleanliness and wellbeing of the place.

Friends of Anand Ashram also interacted with the disabled. For many a friend, it was also an eye-opener journey where, for the first time in their lives, they directly witnessed the hardship and life of those abandoned by their parents because of their inherited disabilities.