Sadhana Chalasani Champions Efforts to Improve Orphanage Environment

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The basic needs of orphans often go unmet in Vietnamese orphanages. Project Being There was formed by Tracy and Steve Foster to provide resources these orphanages need. Sadhana Chalasani, a regular volunteer at Pappa House orphanage in Viskhapatnam, India, supports this new organization.

With limited funding and growing child populations, orphanages are often in need of outside assistance. Several organizations have rallied to address these needs, but the demand for resources continues to grow. A couple in West Knox County, Tennessee, has created Project Being There to help the Vietnamese orphanages that introduced them to their three adopted children. Sadhana Chalasani, a strong advocate of adoption, fully supports Project Being There.

Tracy and Steve Foster adopted their first child, Lydia, from Vietnam in October of 2002. Four years later they returned to adopt Noah in 2006 and, only one year after that, Aaron in 2007. Today, the Foster family retains a strong connection with Vietnam while building a happy home in Tennessee.

When adopting their children, the Fosters sought guidance. They could not find an organization that could offer hands-on help through the adoption process. While interviewing with various orphanages, the Fosters realized that conditions within these houses should be improved. After bringing all three of their children home, the Fosters decided to create Project Being There. This organization aims to raise funds and provide resources to St. An's Orphanage.

"I contacted the orphanage and told them about our group and we didn't have any money, we were just a group of families, but we would be willing to try to raise some money and do things to improve their conditions and help out," commented Tracy Foster.

To date, Project Being There has sent sinks, clothes, and other supplies to St. An's Orphanage. Additionally, the organization has improved living conditions by painting the gray walls bright, fun colors. Because volunteers pay for their own travel, the organization is able to send all of the funds that are raised to St. An's Orphanage.

Sadhana Chalasani understands that the work of Project Being There is extremely important. A frequent volunteer at Pappa House orphanage in Viskhapatnam, India, Sadhana Chalasani knows that these efforts are cherished by the children.

While volunteering, Sadhana Chalasani socializes with children and serves their meals. During these activities, she learns more about the orphans' living conditions and their own emotional challenges. Seemingly small efforts, such as painting the walls, can contribute greatly to the morale of the residents of orphanages.

Sadhana Chalasani applauds the work of Project Being There and looks forward to seeing the organization grow. Through such efforts, she is certain that the lives of orphans can be greatly improved.


Sadhana Chalasani is a high school student who lives in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Passionate about serving her community, Sadhana Chalasani has participated in many organizations that better the lives of others, including volunteering at Pappa House orphanage in Viskhapatnam, India. Sadhana Chalasani has also spearheaded the establishment of Grassroots AIDS Advocacy Program and Pink Ribbon Club, both created to raise awareness about life-threatening illnesses.

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