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A man who left behind a thriving business to start an Orphanage ‘Bal Sambal’

A single life is too short to do everything. But when one divides his life into two parts, nothing seems unbelievable. And when 2 generations decide to follow the same pattern, everything seems possible. Son of a freedom fighter hailing from Jaipur, Panchsheel Jain observed, how his father had worked towards societal issues, where he helped the Harijans to constitute their own homes, set up schools for girls, and made them realize their right to education and shape their own future. “Being a Freedom Fighter, my father knew the importance of the terms FREEDOM and RIGHTS”, says Mr Jain. Despite financial constraints in the family, he found his father deeply committed towards social issues. 

Founder of Orphange 'Bal Sambal' Panchsheel with the children

Panchsheel decided to triumph both the aspects. From childhood, he was determined to start up his own business and support his family but on the other hand he was empathetic towards the aisle of social work and duties. After completing his studies , in the year 1992 , he started his own venture “Diamond Tools” in the stone cutting industry. In 1998 , he received a National Award from Lal Krishna Advani for his successful business inception.  But all this was only meant for the first part of Panchsheel’s life. After celebrating his 50th birthday, he chose the cosmos that his father had created for him. He bought a 50 acre land and decided to fulfill his vision. “I chose to work for orphan children as I feel they are the most deprived section of the society. They can neither raise their voice for rights, nor can give anything in return to society” he said, as he described about the poor living conditions of these children. His dream crystallised into BAL SAMBAL, an orphanage.Along with education, BAL SAMBAL provides these children with all the facilities, to learn any discipline of their interest, and strive  to give them a sound foundation with strong dexterity in the field of music , dance, arts, as well as sports.  They provide the children organic and nutritious food and don’t use gas or fuel so as to maintain the the nutrients of the food. There is a constant monitoring for cleanliness in the premises. Most of the vegetables are grown inside the campus and this also gives the children a good experience in gardening.

“There are constant efforts by the government to support these underprivileged children, and we appreciate it as well, but we don’t want to take responsibilities off our hands . We have many well wishers who stand beside us, both emotionally and financially, and thus this wheel is still rolling “, said Mr. Panchsheel Jain when asked about the various kinds of support they receive. Bal Sambal is a foresighted approach to provide the children with mental strength, social security, education, creativity, ethics and most importantly -“HOME”.

Story by : Tanima Chakraborty

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