Learn more about how Sandip Soparrkar got associated with CSA as our ‘Cause Ambassador’
In November 2009, CSA invited me to launch their book – ‘A Family for every Child’ at an event held at Crossword, Mumbai. Personally involved in the cause of adoption, I had no hesitation in accepting the invitation. It turned out to be a wonderful evening when celebrities, media and Adoption-supporters were present. I was impressed with CSA’s promotional efforts and decided to delve a little deeper. What I found was a dedicated initiative by a group of highly educated professionals many of whom were personally involved one way or another, with the cause of children living in orphanages. I also, sensed a clean and transparent organization.
Thus, when CSA invited me to be their ‘Cause Ambassador’, I was open to the idea. Unable to associate immediately due to other similar commitments, I assured them that I would come onboard as soon as was possible. CSA kept in touch and in November 2010, I became the ‘CSA Cause Ambassador’.
Ever since I adopted my son Arjun, I felt I should contribute to the cause. My personal adoption-journey was difficult-characterized by suspicion and cumbersome processes. I adopted Arjun when he was only 2.5 years old. I was then underage (less than 30 years), single and belonged to what is called the ‘world of glamour’ and therefore ‘suspect’! Also, no single male had apparently adopted before me and those dealing with the adoption could never comprehend why I was considering taking the step. It took me 4 years of pursuance before I brought Arjun home and thus became, as I am told, the first male single parent to adopt.
In fairness to the agency, I must confess that they did allow me to associate with Arjun through the process. I met him from time to time, played with him and we bonded remarkably. I have never, however, reconciled to the fact that Arjun wasted 2 years of the most formative period of his life, in the orphanage; he could have come home much earlier! My decision to adopt Arjun actually began with an awareness of the cause. There were adoptions in the family. Also, I had friends who had adopted and it seemed wonderful that while a child was being rehabilitated, the parents and the family too, experienced so much joy. It was an all-round win-win!
Arjun, now 9 years old, is loving, sprightly and a smart child. He has given me what I term as ‘the purest form of love’ where there are no intentions and no obligations. We are family, where the need to give and to receive is mutual; Arjun and I have ‘love’ in ample measure. When I look back, I realize the qualitative difference I have made to Arjun’s life; the child he is today is so different from what he was or, what he could have been had he remained and grown in the orphanage! It gives me a sense of immense joy and pride that I did finally complete the journey and that he is at home with me!
While there are a few lucky ones like Arjun, it is amazing that there are so many more who are waiting to be loved and hugged and brought home. Many of us, associated with the cause recognize that so much needs to be done and can be done! Adoption is the most complete and permanent form of rehabilitation. It is also, the lowest cost rehabilitation measure (to the Government) since the child is expected to remain in an orphanage only for a short period of time until a home is found for him/ her. I have never stopped wondering why so much apathy prevails and why so little is being done to encourage this form of rehabilitation. What CSA is doing is wonderful and as their ‘Cause Ambassador’, I feel proud to contribute.
My best wishes to CSA, and to all those who are a part of the process.
Note: Sandip is a German Trained Ballroom Dance Teacher, who is the first Indian to be certified by the ‘Ballroom Dance Teachers Training School’ in Bonn Germany.
Sandip Soparrkar with orphan children