Deepalaya started on July 16, 1979, with five children, two teachers and an investment of Rupees 17,500/- by the seven founding members. Pre-school education was the beginning then.
- By 1985, the number of students increased to 133 with seven staff members moving to primary education with an annual budget of Rupees 1,00,000/- INR.
- By 1992, there were 13,000 students and 400 staff members. The program was integrated child development. The annual budget was around Rupees 25 million, major part of which came from International Funding Organizations.
- By 2000, Deepalaya reached out to over 35,000 children, their families and communities undertaking integrated development and involving in other issue based areas. Annual budget was in the vicinity of Rupees 30 million.
- By 2005, Deepalaya became the largest operating NGO in the national capital state of Delhi, reaching out to 50,000 children, 76 slums, 84 villages in Mewat and seven villages in Uttarakhand.
- And the journey continues...
You can find a lot more about the journey of Deepalaya from 'Yatra - The Institutional Memory', a 60-page Document created for the Silver Jubilee Celebrations at Deepalaya