New Delhi - July - September 1999
A Peep Into Two Decades of Philanthropy
In this on going special series to mark two decades of Deepalaya we have been on a memory lane beginning 1979, when the organisation started its quest to serve mankind with 5 children. Today on the doorsteps of the next millennium, Deepalaya reaches out to 22,000 children and their families. In this issue we would look into the Deepalaya Paradigm, the concept Deepalaya has evolved to realise its mission "to enable the child look beyond slums".
The development Paradigm is a concept which has been evolved by Deepalaya to translate the mission statement into operation by empowerment, self reliance and capacity building of human being who live on the edges.
It we look into the paradigm you would notice that each triangle represents systematic progress towards Deepalaya's endeavour of emancipation of the poor and the vulnerable.
ALTERNATE MODEL OF EDUCATION-NATIONAL OPEN SCHOOL
According to recently published article on State of Primary Education in a news magazine, fifty eyars into independence, the children of India have little to celebrate-6 crore of them are out of school. This figure is completely paradoxical to the constitutional directive 'free and compulsory education for all children untill they complete the age of 14 years.
Amidst this appaling conditions of education in India, National Open School provides a viable alternate. National Open School is an autonomous institution providing education at the door steps, it may be the place of work or home. It provides flexibility of time, place and choice of subject.
Deepalaya's association with National Open School began in the year 1992, when NOS selected Deepalaya as an AI (Accredited Institution) and establish study centres to conduct personal contact programmes.
Deepalaya proviees foundation course of VIII std, secondary, course for Xth std and Senior Secondary course for XII std, besides vocational studies which includes Cutting-Tailoring, Type writing in Hindi & English, Jan Swasthya (Community Health), Paripurna Mahila (Health Workers), Beauty Culture, Plumbing, Stenography-Hindi & English, Electrical technician, Secretarial Practices, Library Clerk/Attendant, Radio/TV, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning etc. Today Deepalaya programme has 2038 students on its roll with 689 girl students.
It we draw a comparison between pass percentage of students who have appeared for the examination in 1993 and in 1998 one would realise there has been a significant improvement. In 1993 pass percentage was 1.36 which has now become 18.7 in 1998. This has been possible particularly because of quality of the personal contact programme, distribution of study magerial etc. well in time.
The Centre has volunteers comprising mainly of PHD students, teachers from MCD schools and Lectures from colleges who conduct tutorial and counselling sessions for the students. Deepalaya NOS programme has been selected as a model NOS study centre in an evaluation programme conducted by UNESCO.
Deepalaya has been successful in reducing the cases of rejection of
admission by careful scrutiny of adission forms and ensuring to include names of all students in the eligibility list by maintaining coordination with NOS.
Kamaljeet a student of Deepalaya NOS programme in the year 1996 has made Deepalaya proud! Trained in Air conditioning and refrigeration course, he has secured a job in Kuwait as AC & Refrigeration mechanic.
INAUGURATION OF HR CENTRE AT JANAKPURI
Human Resource Development is seen as the new paradigm in the process of providing new meaning to Social Development. The Human Resource Centre attempts to provide trained and professional man power to carry on the social transformation process of the down trodden.
The Centre will fulfill Deepalaya's mission of development of the people, by the people and for the people making the need for external interventions superfluous. The centre in addition to being a training cente, would have a research and documentation unit to document achievements and conduct research studies.
For Deepalaya it was yet another milestone traversed with the Human Resource Centre inaugurated on the 10th of July '99 by Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt.Shiela Dikshit. The function was presided over by His Excellency Mr.M.B.McGreever, Ambassador, European Union Delegation of the European Commission-India. Mr.V.Suresh, Chairman & M.D, HUDCO was the Guest of Honour. The ceremony began with the centre dedicated by Rt.Rev.Dr.Issac Mar Philexinos, Bishop, Bombay-Delhi Diocese of Marthoma Church.
Welcoming the Guests the Secretary and Chief Executive of Deepalaya, Mr.T.K. Mathew made a review of 20 years of Deepalaya. He attributed the success to Gods grace.
In her address, Smt.Sheila Dikshit was very appreciative of Deepalaya and commended the spirit and dedication of all those who have been involved in the building of this institution. She lauded the role of NGOs like Deepalaya which form a very important medium for involving the young blood of the nation in the process of nation building.
The Ambassador of the European commission too expressed his gratitude at the warm welcome accorded at Deepalaya-warmest since his visit to Delhi. By seeing the work at Deepalaya, he said he was deeply satisfied that the grant given by the European Commission is indeed being put to good use.
Mr.V.Suresh, in his address pointed out that slums instead of being looked upon as menace have become an important/inherent part of the social structure-our maids, vegetable vendors, sweepers etc. live in these settlements. Hence they cannot be done away with entirely. In this Mr.Suresh appreciated the role played by organisations like Deepalaya in strengthening the social fabric. He also announced the release of Rs.10 lakh grant approved from HUDCO for this building.
A tree plantation drive was also organised on this occasion. Ashoka Trees were planted by the Hon'ble Chief Minister, Smt.shiela Dikshit, Mr.M.B. McGreever, Ambassador, European Union Delegation, of the European Commission-India, Rt.Rev.Dr.Issac Mar Philexinos, Bishop of Bombay-Delhi Diocese of the Mar Thoma Church and Mr.V.Suresh, Hairman & M.D, HUDCO.
The evening was also marked by the colourful variety programme-including a Bharatanatyam performance by children of Deepalaya School.
SPREADING HOPE TOGETHER
Contribution of Rs.6 lakh by The Sakura Bank, Japan, created a vital life line to Deeplayua for setting up of a transit home for the street and working children at Gusbethi (Haryana). The centre will work for mental and physical development of street children. It is a major break through in taking these children away to the rurla Haryana from the influence of citylife after they have undergone familiarization process with the social workers at the Street and Working children drop in home at Sanjay Colony.
The grant will help Deeplaya construct the transit home, which would house 24 children along with a warden and cook cum care taker. At Deepalaya gram these children would be trained in various skills, in addition to academic training.
The foundation stone laying ceremony was held on April 15 by Mr.Seichiro Takehara, Joint General Manager-The Sakura Bank Ltd, in the presence of Mr.M.K.Midha-Chief Executive Officer, Mewat Development Agency, Mr.vijay Sardana, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation and others.
Mr.Takehara in his speech explained how the Sakura fund has been set up with regular contributions from Bank employees. He also announced Deepalaya as one of the two NGOs they have decided to support in India, for the first time.
Mr.Mathew, expressed happiness in Deepalaya involvement in the Mewat District. This home according to him is a perfect example of an NGO-Corporate partnership which act as a catalyst in the development process.
DREAM TRIP OF DEEPALAYA CHILDREN TO WORLD CUP '99
In India the World Cup euphoria made a silent exit when our team failed to make it to the semis but for Macleena, Divakar, Kavita and Chinamma it was beginning of a journey to England to watch the semi finals and the final.
The trip, a life time opportunity for the abvoe children wan made possible with the co-operation of Deepalaya and HOPE-2000, a philanthropic group with focus on Primary Education for girl children. Sanjeev Kaura, founder of the movement while explaining why he chose the World Cup as the platform to spread his mission, stated, every Indian was mad about cricket and it gave him the opportunity to draw attention of every body to the grim situation of primary Education in India.
It was not just watching cricket, but the children had the opportunity of being with eminent personalities who took care of these children. These included M.F.Hussain, Pankaj Udhas, Nafisa Ali, Shirin Paul, Jatin Das, Gurcharan Das, J.J.Wallaya, s.K.Mishra and the list is endless.
"I want to become like Saurav Ganguly" was spontaneous reply from Divakar, 13 year old who remembers not just the crikcet matches but also the London Bridge. 11 yera old Kavita Singh recolelcts the visit to the Cricket Museum where she saw cricket bat signed by some the famous cricketers and the World Cup trophies.
Macleena has not forgotten the moments when she posed with Kapil Dev and Gavaskar. Chinnamal eldest in the group, believes the most important aspect of the trip was her chance of life time to interact with the celebrities. Kavita recollected the grand welcome at the airport on their return with Aarti, Tilak and reverberating sound of dholak.
The T.V.crew from Aaj taak and Akhon Delhi interviewed these children about their experiences. These special ambassadors met the press on 23rd Jjne at Gandhi Peace Foundation which received tremendous response with Subhah Savere, IN Channel, Akashvani and representatives of all major dailies and radio news services.
Through the newsletter we wish to thank Sanjeev Kaura, all the eminent personalities and the media for their support in making this trip a memorable experience for the children.
Deepalaya has extended its projects to Maharishi Dayanand Camp is collaboration with Gujral Foundation and I.C.Trust. Four other locaitons in East Delhi namely Nehru Camp, Ram Prasad Bismil Camp, Indiara Camp and Rajiv Camp have also been added with support of H.P.S.Foundation. The Maharishi Dayanand Camp at Chanakyapuri is surrounded by Hotels, State Bhavans and Embassies. Permanent residential colonies are a few km. away therefore these slums are cut off from the mainstream fro education and health services.
The total population of Maharishi Dayanand Camp stands at 1700, inhabitants are migrants from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. The initial survey also indicates average family size between 5-6 and average income is between Rs.500-1800 per month. The inhabitants earn their living by selling vegetables or gardening and few work as daily wage labour in industrial area. The area has great demand for a pre-school, for which there exist no facilities. Most of the girls are not enrolled, since the nearest school is located 5 km away. Also for children who attend MCD school there is a strong need for Remedial Education since most of these children face problem of guidance.
Also need for skill upgradation is felt specially by the adolescent girls and women in the community. Health facilities are also inadequate. In East Delhi Project, problems are similar in nature. However existence of vested interests having political affiliation and large population segments makes Deepalaya's objective even more tough.
Deepalaya's operation would be based on the PCMR approach (Planning cum Micro Realisation) and would focus on the well being of children. This approach is people based, where the community identifies the needs based on the interest of the community and with time the community moves on the path of self sustainance and resist any form of exploitation and make Deepalaya's presence redundant.
The programme would focus on childrne with emphasis on girl children and work for devleopment of physical, mental and social abilities. The project would mobilise a cadre of social entrepreneurs from the community to work within their own community. The project would be setitng up balwadis, REC (Remedial Education Centres), NFEs (Non Formal Education) and Vocational Training units.
The projects have undertaken door to door campaign, mobilising community awareness through street plays, community meetings, sanitation drives, setting up of mothers group, bal sabha etc. These exercises will pave way to full fledged integrated child development programme ushering an era of socio-economic independence.
ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATION OF NARANG SCHOOL
On April 9th, on entering the school there was music, dance all round, teachers and students were seen making the final efforts practicing the dialogue of play and dance steps. When Santosh, class IVth student of Narang Deepalaya School was asked about the occasion, his prompt reply was "this is very special day for the school, it is the annual day".
The function began with an invocation, follwed by brief address by Mrs.Narang, who expressed her happiness to see addition of IVth class into the school structure. Mr.P.N.Shastri, Honorary Tax Consultant-Deepalaya and a Chartered Accountant distributed uniforms for 300 children, Mr.T.K.Mathew, Secretary & Chief Executive also attended the function.
Deeplaya sponsored children for their astounding and meritorious Performance in Xth std and XII std examinations.
Xth std Examination: Alpesh Kumar-72%, Mamta Joshi-78%, Gurdeep Kaur-64%, Mukta Mandal-60%, Chiranjeev Mandal-57%, Naresh Kumar & Shikha Patra-Passed.
XII std Examination: Kavita-81%, Neha Khanna-80%, Deboshree Jana-64%, Subhash Dharash-58%, Chinta Mani Kumari-Passed.
We salute the Martyrs of Kargil. Your supreme sacrifice will continue to inspire us to make stronger and united India. Deepalaya to show solidarity with the Jawans fighting in Operation Vijay took part in a March organised by NGO Forum on 8th July. Deepalaya staff contributed their one day salary to donate Rs.25,000 to Kargil Relief Fund.
KISHORI LAL, ON THE ROAD TO PROMISING PASSAGE
Kishori Lal, a boy from Gohand district in Uttar Pradesh from a large family and parents working as daily wage earners today dreams of becoming a music director and an actor. He has deep commitment to be part of a social workers team so as to revoluntionalise the society and free it from all its evils. But it was not so a few years back when Kishori would pick up a fight with every one on petty matters. With a family having no social status and respect, he lived a lonely life but then one day as he met Deepalaya workers regularly he was prompted to study. Batti Lalji a teacher from Deepalaya, Golekuan incluenced his life to the extent that todya Kishori Lal admits that following the path shown to him by his teachers not only changed him but the life style of his entire family. Today the entire family not only commands respect in the society but also enjoy exteemed relationship with the one and all.
Kishori Lal's main thrust is on being an educated and socially aware youth. This determination of his has made him reach class Xth.
He earnestly believes that his life and that of his friends would have been totally wasted had they not been attached to Deepalaya. Through relentless and ongoing hard work of Deepalaya and its workers Kishori Lal even had an opportunity to visit Holland. Today he says "I want to uproot all evils from the society for it is society itself which either makes or mar a person with its good and bad influences". Deepalaya family can with nistalgia remember the early days of the beginning of the relationship with Kishori Lal which saw a major challenge ahead and can today smile with pride.
With Deep sorrow we inform the passing away of our found President on May 15th, 1999.
With profound Grief we announce untimely demise of our Music and Dance Teacher-Deepalaya School on 24th April 1999.