Institutional Care 1 (Annual Report 2009-10)

Institutional Care or Children Home

Every year, thousands of children leave their homes due to one reason or the other – domestic violence, death of immediate family and care-givers, psycho-social and physical abuse, extremely poor living conditions etc – the end result is a bruised childhood. Such a child, if subjected to any of these conditions is highly vulnerable to a dark adolescence and an even darker adult life.

Deepalaya’s Institutional Care Programme located at village Gusbethi is a unique rehabilitation concept, wherein Deepalaya phases in at the time when a child is most susceptible to lose his/her innocent years to the cruel world out there, takes good care of them and prepares them for the life which lies ahead, and phases out when the rehabilitated is ready to take the world on its own.

110 children (64 boys and 46 girls) coming from difficult circumstances (street/runaway children, victims of child abuse, children of those of lifetime convicts, HIV/AIDS patients, sex workers and other vulnerable categories) are under our care presently. These children have been identified, brought from the railway platforms and streets and through the efforts of other NGO’s like Scope Plus, Anti Trafficking Network, Sahara, Mahila Jagriti Samiti, Missionaries of Charity, Nirmana, All India Women’s Conference, Child Watch India and through various individual references.

All the children attend school. English speaking is encouraged as a habit amongst the teachers and students. Apart from the learnings at he School, all the students are provided with remedial education in the Hostel. Doctors at Chameli Dewan Rural Health Clinic, functioning within the campus take care of health of all the children. Regular health checks up, camps and workshops are arranged for the children. Nutritious balanced meals are provided, based on a diet chart drawn up in consultation with dieticians.

Together we can change the worldThe daily time table at the Hostel is structured to include scope for rest, academics, play and recreation. Inter House competitions keep them on their toes and bring out the hidden talents in the children. All students are encouraged to participate and the campus is now witness to a number of budding singers and dancers like Jeetender, Shivani, Samruti, Umang. Mentionable here is the fact that these children have overcome the traumas of the past and now ready to take on all the opportunities, life has in store for them. Special Computer Classes and library time are also slotted in order to build up their skills further.

Children maintain a regular contact with their natural families as we believe that the natural family unit is the basic unit of all bonding relationships. Parents / extended families are encouraged to call once a month, meet with their children twice a year and take them out for short breaks. The families are themselves going through various hardships and send the child / children away to ensure their mental and physical well being. That they do not abandon their children is proven by the fact that 8 children were taken back by their families when they had improved upon their social and economic situations.

All the children attend school. English speaking is encouraged as a habit amongst the teachers and students. Apart from the learnings at he School, all the students are provided with remedial education in the Hostel. Doctors at Chameli Dewan Rural Health Clinic, functioning within the campus take care of health of all the children. Regular health checks up, camps and workshops are arranged for the children. Nutritious balanced meals are provided, based on a diet chart drawn up in consultation with dieticians.

 

 


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