New Delhi - July - September 1995
CHALLENGES TO MEET
Today the issue of gender equality, equal opportunities of rights and privileges, equal wsages for similar jobs and many more are continuouslydebated and considerable amount of awareness is created. However the overall situation is sufficiently manipulated which is common to most of the movements asit begins and the real women communities who are to be emancipated and empowered are still kept in darkness.
In Deepalaya we believe, as a dogma, in 'Stree Shakti'- women's power. As we concentrate on children, our linkages are established with mothers and then to other members of the community. In fact, mothers are the captive development agents of the child, the family and the communities in which they are placed. Over the last 16 years wse have had considerable amount of success in uplifting women belonging to the real grassroots. They are empowered through process of adult literacy, skill development, participatory involvement in decision making, relating them to linkages with which they could improve their innate talents and abilities. It is a happy situation that women who are trained as Basti Sevikas have become multi purpose development workers in thier own communities.
The NGO intervention, in this case of Deepalaya, in the emancipation and empowerment of women is a serious matter to be pursued continuously and taken up as a challenge until every one in the community is euqally placed with all the faculties which they require to function as independent individuals with equality, freedom and justice.
Secretary & Chief Executive
SUCCESSFUL HEART SURGERY
Surinder Kumar, a student of class XI and the brother of a Deepalaya sponsored child was suffering from a serious heart ailment. His father was finding it very difficult to arrange for his treatment. Then Deepalaya came to his rescue its workers took him first to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and later to St.Stephen's Hospital wher the doctors recommended an early heart surgery involving Rs.74,000. His father could borrow Rs.24,000 only, rest of the amount was arranged by Deepalaya through donations and Prime Minister's relief fund, donors responding to Deeplaya's appela contributed a total sum of Rs.28,100. Donations came from as far away countries as the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. In a letter written to Deepalya Surinder has expressed his gratitude towards Deepalaya and all those who helped him in his treatment.
Deepalaya is still continuing its assitance to Surinder Kumar in meeting post-operative medical expenses.
MARCHING AHEAD ON THE HEALTH FRONT
Presently Deepalaya is working on its projects in 34 slum clusters located in different parts of Delhi. Health and eye care are among the priority items on its agenda in all these locations. The Dr.R.P.Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi has been providing comprehensive eye care services to the slum populations of Sanjay Colony (Okhla Phase-II) and Golekuan (Okhla Phase-i) in close collaboration with Deepalaya.
A few months ago, the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness-India deputed one of their staff members to run a temporary one-day shop for subsidised spectacles at Golekuan. The response was overwhelming. MOre than fifty patients booked orders for their glasses, paying the full amount (aarox. Rs.100 per head) inadvance. Majority of these were women. "The credit for this community response goes to a large extent to the Deepalaya workes", said doctor.
MAITREE SHRI 1995 PRESENTED
Deepalaya organised its annjal 'Maitree Shri' programme on August 6, 1995 at Cambridge School, Srinivaspuri, New Delhi. This programme provides an opportunity to the children to display their talent in various performing arts. This is also an occasion for interaction between the sponsor parents and the children sponsored by them.
The programme began with a welcome speech by Mr.T.K.Mathew, Secretary and Chief Executive of Deepalaya who invited the Guests of Honour of the day-Ms.Shobhana Narain, the famous Kathak dancer and Mr.Aloke Mehta Editor, Dainik Hindustan, to light the lamp. This was followed by Rabindra Nath Tagores's famous dance drama Ritu Rang presented by children of the Deepalaya School. The audience was further kept spell bound by the chldren
through their presentation of a soliloqy based on Shakespear's Antony and Cleopatra, another short English dramatic presentation of the story titled 'Pied Piper of Hamlyn, a few songs and a qawaali.
AWARD FOR MOMIN KHAN
This is Momin Khan. Four years ago one could have described him as young, intelligent but poor and illiterate. Those were the days when Momin Khan had to work as rate contract labour. But a chance meeting with the social workers of Deepalaya changed his life. Today he deals in artificial jewellery employing six persons and has a turnover of more than Rs.4,00,000 per year.
It was Deepalaya which encouraged Momin Khan to start a business of his own, arranged a loan and guidance from Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust. This year on August 7, he received a remarkable recognition in the form of the J.R.D Tata Y9ung Entrepreneur Award instituted by the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust. The award carries Rs.50,000 in cash and a citation.