- In 2005, Tanya Monalisa Pinto took a sabbatical towork in an orphanage in India. Her grandfather was an orphan, and Tanya wanted to help children in need. Tanya’s experience working at Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Calcutta was life-changing and she wanted to do more to help children in India. She knew that if a child was provided with food and education, the cycle of poverty could be broken in just one generation. In early 2006, Tanya started Baal Dan – a charity committed to helping children in need in India. Since 2006, Baal Dan has provided aid to over 3,000 children in need in India. Learn more at BaalDan.com.