Transit Home (Gusbethi)
Location : Deepalaya Gram, Gusbethi, Tavru, Haryana
Contact no. : 91 - 95 - 1267 - 201492
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
In-charge : Deputy Director Programs
Commenced From : 2000
Funding Agency : Sakura Bank Limited
Beneficiary Number : 96 (61 boys and 35 girls)
Deepalaya, one of the largest operational NGOs in Delhi, has been working for the upliftment of the marginalized section of the society since 1979 with the child as an entry point. We have been able to provide education to over 50,000 children and have 16,000 children on roll as of today. DeepalayaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s intervention has now broadened to various other socially relevant quarters, reaching out to 76 slum-clusters of Delhi, 84 villages in Haryana and three railway platforms.
Through Integrated Child Development (ICD) programs, Deepalaya caters to Education, Health Care, Skill Development, Income Generation, and Community Organization. Deepalaya attempts to put together a resource centre in the heart of Mewat at Gusbethi, Haryana. This area was considered for intervention, as it is one of the most backward areas of India.
Mewat lies 60 kms south of Delhi and includes parts of northern districts of Rajasthan and southeastern districts of Haryana. It takes its name from the Meo Muslim inhabitants. According to the 2001 survey, the literacy rate of Mewat is at 33%, which is far below the national average of 65% and Haryana average of 49.1%, with very low female literacy rate of 13% among females above 15 years.
Deepalaya started the Transit home in year 2000 for boys and in 2004 for girls. The foundation stone of the transit home was laid on 15 April 1999 and was funded by the Sakura Bank Ltd, Japan. The Bank contributed Rupees 600,000/- to create a home for the street and working children. The buildings are well spaced and the energy supply for the hostels is met through solar cells. The ground floor of the girlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ hostel was constructed with the help of the Japanese Embassy and Latter DayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Saint, who gave sum of Rupees 500,000/-.
The Transit Home for boys and girls is located at Deepalaya Gram, which includes a School, a Clinic and an agricultural area and in the future an elderly home. There are 35 and 61 inmates in the girls and boys hostel respectively. The youngest child is four years of age and the oldest 14 years old. The children are living in dormitories with not more than 10 beds.
Most of the children are runaways from their families because of various exploitations. They are the result of break down of the family due to poverty, alcoholism, illiteracy, AIDS etc. Having run away, they have usually no contact with their families and are illiterate. Their parents also are placed at the lowest rung of the social, cultural, educational, economical and psychological hierarchical configuration. They traditionally and historically belong to that segment of society which has been deserted, deprived, harassed, exploited, snubbed and made kind of untouchables in the society.
The hostels for boys and girls are located in this area so as to provide the best environment for the overall development of the children. The children can stay in the hostels, as long it is possible to educate them to self-reliance and to be an independent human being. During the school holidays Deepalaya organizes a program that the children can spend their time in useful activities at the Deepalaya Gram. Separate activity rooms have been set up for boys and girls at the hostel. The activity rooms are equipped with toys, sports items, music system and books, that the children can spend there evenings and free time.
In the transit home there are five care takers (three males and two females) to take care of all the needs of the children in the hostel. They provide counseling to the children; organize competitions, workshops, latent development activities, sports and games. Extra coaching is given to the children enrolled in higher classes by the staff.
All the children go to Deepalaya School, which is next to the Transit Home. The School provides the children with a good education from the Lower Kinder Garden up to the class Xth.
The school plays an important role in the life of these street children to offer them an opportunity to live like children who are given love, care and amenities to restore their lost childhood.
Besides this, Deepalaya regularly arranges monthly health check ups with the Doctor of the Chameli Dewan Rural Health Clinic. In addition to the medical treatment, Deepalaya tries to achieve the understanding, how important a healthy body is for the children. A yoga teacher holds sessions on yoga with the children. Also health camps, workshops etc for the children take place at regular intervals.
Between the two hostels of the Transit Home there is a field for sports activities like football, cricket, badminton and other games. The most favorite game is cricket and every afternoon the boys are playing self organized matches. The girls prefer to play badminton or to play with dolls.
Through unforgettable trips, Deepalaya tries to educate the children in a different way. The children of the boys and girls hostel recently got an opportunity to visit the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The trip lasted for two days and the children visited important historical places like the Ajmer Fort, Birla Mandir and the Hawa Mahal. The trip led them also to the zoo and the Astronomy center.
Interestingly, Deepalaya teachers give much stress on celebrating festivals and national days so that children learn about the rich cultural background of India and its different religions. Christmas for instance is celebrated every year in the hostels. Usually one boy is dressed like Santa Claus and he give gifts and cakes to other children.
To support the way of the children as best as possible, Deepalaya organizes regular meetings with the parents, where the children prepare small cultural programs and all enjoy their lunch together. This is part of the restoration process, Deepalaya is pushing forward. Especially the parents are very happy to see their children healthy and well educated. But not all the parents are interested to see their children and Deepalaya has still a long way to go to convince more parents to care about their children.
Vision of the project
- To identify and counsel the street and working children
- To restore them with their parents
- To provide them with food, clothes and shelter
- To provide education that is meaningful and training that is productive.
- To provide health care
- To nurture qualities like self-esteem, leadership, discipline, mutual love, peace and brotherhood
- To build a future for the children
- To prepare the children for struggle against exploitation and oppression
- To disseminate information to highlight their difficult circumstances through print and electronic media exposure.
- To create an awareness in public to eliminate child labour and establish forums with policy makers, legislatures, and bureaucrats as well as like minded NGOs and corporate sector to evolve effective measures.
The Focus in the future will be on the improvement of the Education and the Facilities to provide the best support the children can get to develop to an independent and self-reliant man or woman.
How you can help?
Deepalaya is committed to make a difference in a childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life by ensuring his/ her physical and psychological health and this can be done through education and support of families on a range of issues that could change their life for better. You can help us in our endeavor by
- Being a volunteer
- Sponsor the education of a child
- Donate to Deepalaya so that more street children can find a new home and a second chance
- Support the Transit Home with goods like blankets, clothes and sports equipment etc.