Annual Report 1997-1998
” Much of the next millennium can be seen in how we care for our children today. Tomorrowâ€™s world may be influenced by science and technologies; but more than anything, it is already taking shape in the bodies and minds of our children “Kofi A. Annan Deepalaya’s Annual Report is a yearly publication which enlists Deepalaya’s activities throughout the year. Read On.PREFACE
Is our world disintegrating ? Are we loosing values which are essential to sustain the human kind ? People may have different answers to these questions. Some may say that in all the ages we faced these questions – inherently we feel insecure – but nothing happened. Cynics may set aside these questions as philosophical. And there are some who believe that there are people to think over – to act – and they must be doing so, so, no need to worry. But we believe otherwise. Todayâ€™s problems are not problems in isolation – these are not localised – the World village is facing a basic threat – that is lack of humanity – lack of humane values. We know a lot about how to besiege a town, how to destroy our world several times but we have little time to learn, to teach the basic values, philosophies of humanity which are once upon a time considered as guiding principles of human life, practices of Deepalaya Children on a Trip to Himalayaswhich distinguishes us from other animals. We have a problem when neo colonialism is imposed on us in the name of liberalisation, when violent men propagate peace, democracies are used to the eliteâ€™s advantage, horror is glamorised, poverty becomes a marketing strategy with itâ€™s algebra wide off the mark, when the self appointed guardians of religions rejoices at mere fantasy of creating another Hiroshima. ( Picture Above Left : Deepalaya Children on a Trip to Himalayas )
So, is our world disintegrating ? We do not need the examples to support the above. Thanks to satellites – we know it all. We know that North Pole is melting down, we know whatâ€™s happening in Angola, Rwanda, we know few of us are going to open restaurants in the Moon when 25% of us go to sleep without having dinner, 88 children in 1000 die before the age of five, 6 lakhs women die due to pregnancy problems, 25% of our worldâ€™s population is illiterate. We also know that in our country only 29% people have access to sanitation facilities, 20% of us do not have access to safe drinking water, 49% of Indians are illiterates, 36% of our fellowDeepalaya Children in Holland countrymen have a monthly income of Rs 264 – the list is endless. We take out glossy printed materials on these facts, organise seminars, create forums in the name of fighting the causes – still the question remains – Are we really bothered ? The facts does not affect us. We believe that someone else is responsible to act upon those – the attitude itself avoid the question of values in our life. If we are not loosing our values then we are being mechanically detached from it – we are not standing up on our feet – calling others and say – “Letâ€™s do something”. ( Picture Above Right : Deepalaya Children on a cultural Exchange programme in Holland with Dutch Children )
In the above scenario what Deepalaya is doing – may be a drop in the ocean but we are hopeful that even a little change will have itâ€™s ripple effect. To us empowering people is not a mere fancy word but a practice to be followed everyday, rights and privileges to us are not only constitutional but also means to achieve self esteem. The glitter in the eyes of the children gives us the satisfaction that we are trying to achieve our objectives wholeheartedly.
Deepalaya South Delhi Programme grew further in all the activities, new infomal groups like motherâ€™s groups and science & entertainment clubs were initiated which would work as pressure groups within and outside the communities. OVERVIEWNearly 1300 students are enrolled in Deepalaya School, Sanjay Colony. Children participate in various cultural programmes. A rare opportunity created for them was to visit Netherlands in a cultural exchange programme in which 61 students, teachers and members of management joined.
Deepalaya South Delhi Programme grew further in all the activities, new infomal groups like motherâ€™s groups and science & entertainment clubs were initiated which would work as pressure groups within and outside the communities. Implementation of Restore Childhood Project, starting of phase out process in three locations, emphasis on thrift & credit groups and starting of Gandhi Basti Formal School have been other important aspects of the year.
Considerable qualitative improvement in Ramditti J. R. Narang Deepalaya School, expansion as well as integration of project activities enrollment to 300 and standard II.
Construction of Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension, on the verge of completion.
Phase out of Deepalaya Plan Project covering 12 locations and 33 CBOs, increased training on CBO systems and health related issues in which more than 1600 persons participated.
Starting rural development activities in Deepalaya through inauguration of DRDRC in Gusbethi, running pre school & sewing centre there and PRA exercises carried out in all the five villages of the project.
Deepalaya sponsorship reached 1270 this year with a 50:50 ratio of NRI and local sponsors.
Deepalaya got coverage in various mass media through Communication Division. Active participation of this unit in all Deepalaya activities.
Extensive activities in Disability Project as children are provided with necessary aids & appliances through collaboration with institutions like SSNI, AIIMS etc. Counseling, community rehabilitation and mainstreaming were carried out according to the laid down objectives.
Education and health care activities carried on in Street & Working Children Project. Children were involved in cultural and talent development activities. Along with other Deepalaya children they also participated in the Global March Against Child Labour.
Construction of Deepalaya Human Resource Centre started with the Foundation Laying Ceremony.
Corporate Office have been successful in managing programmes and funds according to the need of the organisation and requirement of the funding agencies.
” I am thoroughly impressed by the warm atmosphere of this school. The rapport between the Principal and the children is remarkable.So far the school has done an excellent job of imparting alround education to the students. The introduction of computer gives new dimension of its activity. It is a step in the right direction to bring the slum areas at par with the other future citizen of the world. “Shiela Gujral
(When she visited the school to Inaugurate the computer centre in September 1997)” I am very impressed by the project and by the efforts that you are making day after day to the benefit of the Deepalaya children.”Ms. Dehaene
( wife of Belgian Prime Minister after visiting the school )
DEEPALAYA SCHOOL, SANJAY COLONYFrom the early days of Deepalaya the school has been the cynosure of all eyes – the point of convergence – which not only continued to reflect the achievements of our objectives but also ensured the central approach of the organisation – educationEnrolment in Deepalaya School an instrument of social change & upliftment. Started in 1978 with 5 children in Chittaranjan Park, the school has grown substantially, as the years passed by and this year it has catered to 1300 students from the slums of South Delhi. The year that was saw unprecedented success in many ways. 1300 students sat for the examination and the success rate was 100% except in UKG, class I & III, in which only 96% students
passed. 280 students have also participated in UN Information Test, UNESCO Test, All India GK Test & Maths Talent Test. The success rate was again 100% and some of the students have also scored more than 75%. On the other hand the non recognition of the school caused unrest among the parents though they were counselled and motivated to let their children sit for the class X exam through the National Open School and about 30 children of class VIII secured admission in prestigious aided schools like Shyama Prasad Vidyalaya, Vinay Nagar and various other Govt. Schools of Delhi. It has been a tradition in this school to give as much emphasis on co & extra curricular activities as also academics and the students participated with enthusiasm in AeA Painting Competition, Kshitu Painting Competition, Competition to commemorate 50 years of Indian Independence and workshop cum competition in G.D.Goenka Public School , conducted by famous Japanese artist Prof. Shir. Kitamura. The portrait of his classmate by Anil Rana of class VIII was judged second and will be a entry in the global competition in Tokyo in the year 2000. One of the major happening of this year has been the Netherlands trip by 61 children in a rare cultural exchange programme in which the students presented as many as 30 shows in different towns & villages of this country to utter satisfaction of the organisers (UNIE) and everybody concerned. The Deepalaya CE, principal of the school and the teachers also accompanied them. Abhinaya 97 & Maitree Shree have been the other important events organised & participated by the school children. This year Cambridge School hosted the event of Abhinaya & two other elite schools came forward to have a meaningful interaction with our students on this occasion.
Painting by a Golekuan child to mark Diwali. Hidden talents are being facilitated through competitions, science fairs, song and dance practices, participation in Science and Entertainment Clubs etc.
Rina wants to be a doctor – and she is very hopeful. Her class mates at Kalkaji Govt. School and Deepalaya REC of Sanjay colony are very proud of her, they are also very hopeful and continuously encourage her. This year when she got 81.71% in the final exams of class VI it was noticed and congratulated by everybody. She can recount her days since Guria Ghar specifically about her madam. But her teacher has a complaint – she is very quiet, she can paint very well but takes little initiative to take part in any competition.
DEEPALAYA SOUTH DELHI PROJECTThe South Delhi Project (SDP is one of the largest in Deepalaya with 12 projects in and around Srinivaspuri and Okhla Industrial Area. All these are multi partner integrated urban community development projects for the slum dwellers. The year 1997-98 was marked by orientation of some process and, as result, formation of new informal groups, maximising beneficiaries in different sectors as in the year 2000, when we are supposed to phase out from three projects – Sanjay Colony, Gole Kuan, Transit Camp. SDP’s achievement in education have been the starting of units for working children in six locations, implementation of Restore Childhood Project, formation of Science and Entertainment Clubs and formation of 53 mother’s group with 1285 members. All the these have not only helped us in expanding the sphere of our work but also facilitated the process of helping the children discover their inherent but otherwise unexplored qualities and emancipation women. Except adult education all the other educational activities have a greater coverage. The important events under this sector have been workshop on education outside classrooms, celebration of International Literacy Day and Vigyan Mela. Preventive health care has always been the thrust area of SDP. Awareness generation programmes, care of expectant mothers, encouraging mothers by holding healthy baby show, extensive immunization programmes, propagating family planning methods are all directed towards facilitating the process of preventing the health hazards. This year almost all these activities have reached more beneficiaries in comparison to previous years except growth monitoring. Regular sanitation drives, seminar on total health care, workshop on reproductive health and opening of Augmented outreach Clinic at Sanjay Colony have been the important events under the health sector. In socio economic integration, a considerable shift in the policy regarding CBOs has focused on informal groups. This year the thrust was on formation of mother’s groups and thrift and credit groups. Twenty three such thrift and credit groups have formed and the members have saved Rs. 2,94,000. South Delhi Programmes grew large, diversified its activities and, in the process, improved quality. Participation of community has become the most important instrument.
With 5.90 lakh primary schools, 1.71 upper primary schools, 65,000 secondary and about 25,000 higher secondary schools, 7513 colleges, 167 universities including 28 agricultural universities, 36 deemed to be universities, IITâ€™s and four institutes of Management, a network of Polytechnics and ITIâ€™s and 2.84 lakh centres of non formal education, India is one of the largest educational systems in the world.In all, 94 percent of Indiaâ€™s rural population is served by primary school within a radius of one kilometer. We have the largest number of school teachers in the world, more than 30 lakh. Still the largest number of illiterates in the world lives in India.
(Statesman 1997)7th Oct â€™97)
RAMDITTI J.R. NARANG DEEPALAYA SCHOOL“Education is a process performed of the people, by the people, for the people. It is a social process, and it cannot be separated from the total character and tasks of society”
Robert Ulich,History of Educational Thought .
This is an unique venture as it is an outcome of an effective corporate – NGO partnership with itâ€™s outreach to education & integrated community development programmes.
It was inaugurated in February 1995, with a handful of children and at the end of the academic year 1997-98 it had close to 300 children. In this school 70% of the seats are reserved for the children whose family income are below the poverty line. This was Rs. 1000 to begin with and was later raised to Rs. 1500 per month. The remaining 30 % of the enrollment is for children with family income up to 2500/month. The school has a graded fee system and the achievement of this year shows that 67% of children pay Rs. 30/- per month and 33% Rs. 60/-.
Strengthening girl child enrollment has been of major emphasis and this year %age of this enrollment reached 47. Providing broad based education to ensure holistic development of the child, combining academic and extra curriculum activities such as art and craft, music, recitation, public speaking, excursion etc. and fostering proper physical development through sports & health programmes are the basic objectives of the school.
Here participation of all children in these activities is emphasised as well as facilitation of specific talents among them. The community projects in the nearby three slum clusters, is headed by the principal and assisted by a programme executive and all the school staff who interact with the community. In addition it has a part time Development Associate Trainee.
Towards the end of the academic year Programme Executive was appointed for the community project. Since resource building and self reliance is one of the objectives of the community project, there were 6 Social Entrepreneurs – 5 for NFE / REC and one for evening classes. The whole approach is complemented when a working girl for night classes joined the formal school and a student of REC became Social Entrepreneur.
The health activities like growth monitoring, deworming camps etc. are being regularised through linkages with outside organisations, individuals and other units of Deepalaya.
Seventeen years old Umesh, an instructor with REC and adult literacy unit looks back to the days of aimlessness when he could not think constructive about his future leave alone the society. To all our disbelief this youth from Deepalayaâ€™s Karpoori Thakur Project area has transformed himself to be a resourceful person, who take active interest in welfare of the area, works to bring change in the surrounding and belief education is key to give oneâ€™s future a right direction. NOS DEEPALAYADeepalaya is accredited to the National Open School since January 1993. Ever since it has become one of the major strategies to impart consistent and relevant education to marginalised, disadvantaged, distanced and dropout categories of learners. The alternative approach to educate the vast majority through non formal education, education for all, adult literacy programme etc. is provided sustenance through open school curriculum for children including school drop outs and adult learners who can move from mere literacy to graded levels of learning and competence.
During the year 1997-98 Deepalaya experienced a quantum growth in academic admission. Nearby 500 students qualified for appearing in Secondary and Senior Secondary courses. In addition to the existing refrigeration and air conditioning courses learning three new vocational areas have been introduced. In library attendant / clerk – 11 students, Paripurna Mahila – 45 and Jan Swarthy Training -16 students got admission and sat for examinations. The flexibility of open schooling to effectively combine academic subjects with vocational skills and training has enabled one of the students to land a job in Indian Airlines Mechanical Maintenance Unit. 36 students ( Xth standard) from Deepalaya School continue to keep pace with their contemporaries through NOS examination system. The look of physical infra structure of formal system is no barrier to their continued learning.
On the other hand Deepalaya is providing opportunities for carrier counseling, motivational and psychological training through collaborative organisations like Urivi Vikram Charitable trust. Counseling for self learners is also available to students during Sunday PCP classes. This has helped students to relook at their subject combinations, seek extra inputs in different subjects and special PCPs for interested students; especially the women candidates, who are coached on a daily basis. Deepalaya NOS has also participated in seminars and discussions during the year and addressed government school children and public school children on this alternative to the educational process.
Phase-in of DPP continued to implement the Deepalaya activities in 10 locations following PCMR approach.This year 1505 children have been covered under educational activities, 7535 persons in preventive care, 1541 in curative care, 8050 in promotive care, 1757 in special camp 321 in community organisation and 40 in training. DEEPALAYA PLAN PROJECTIt has been the last year of phase out for this unit of Deepalaya. So, the concentration was on strengthening the CBOs through training and bringing in necessary structural changes. Handing over of materials and specific responsibilities have also been a focus area. Training programmes/workshops on sustainability, CBO systems, accounts, resource identification & community empowerment, by laws and system procedures, teaching methodologies, community development, local leadership and team building, theatre, issues of adolescent boys & girls, family life orientations, balanced diet, reproductive health, nutrition, AIDS etc. were conducted to systematize the CBOs and to generate greater awareness.
The aim of developing and strengthening a cadre based on different issues and problems have got maximum importance throughout the year. The CBO members, office bearers, health workers and beneficiaries participated in these training programmes and tried to improve the level of skill and knowledge. 30 such training programmes were conducted in which more than 1600 people participated. Elections were also conducted in all the CBOs to restructure the governing bodies and to give people a choice to choose their leaders for the coming days. The CBO health teams and the DPP staff had also helped in organising health camps in other Deepalaya units like South Delhi Programmes, RJRND School etc. Quiz programmes on health and general issues involving the community people, specially the women had helped in sensitizing them towards the problem which concern them in their daily life. 86 girls and 57 boys participated in 8 day long Foster Child Meet at Nizamuddin camping complex. The programme was conducted to inculcate and sensitize the adolescent children on different process of adolescence and community living. The Global March Against Child Labour was participated by 15 CBOs of DPP with nearly 1000 community people including children.
The years of phase out have been a learning experience at the same time painful too. It has been a testing time for the approaches we follow, the personnel we have and methods we practised. In many cases we have been successful, in some failure, but the intentions were genuine, efforts were remarkable. Plans have been chalked out to complete the process effectively and to remain in touch with the beneficiary community, hand holding in specific cases and prompting them keep up the activities initiated by Deepalaya.
Hameed the Sarpanch of the Sahsola Patti was suspicious initially about Deepalayaâ€™s intervention. But after meeting with social workers, he was able to understand Deepalayaâ€™s mission. Now with support and co-operation extended by him and his community, Deepalaya has launched Balwadi Centres and English language classes. On the other hand Hameed is now enthusiastic to provide more information so that more development programmes could be initiated. DEEPALAYA RURAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE CENTREDeepalaya Rural Development Resource Centre is envisaged to be an institution at set-up which will act as a catalyst to promote welfare of communities in Sahsola Panchayat of Mewat region with five hamlets – Gusbethi, Patuka, Pipaka, Bhoothlaka and Kirori.
For the first time Deepalaya extend its activities to the rural sector. It all started with one pre-school and one sewing centre in Gusbethi. At present there are 80 children in the pre-school and 30 women in the sewing centre. As a premier organisation in the field of development in India, Deepalaya does not restrict itself to pre-school and skill development. A successful running of pre-school centre in two villages, resulted in a demand for a formal English medium primary school. The people from other villagers such as Patuka, Bhoothlaka and Kirori are also showing their interest in getting the centres started in their villages. They may come forward to provide places for these centres. On the other hand, Mewat being one of the most backward region in India, the peopleâ€™s expectation towards the organisation is very high.
From the very beginning (Dec â€™97) DRDRC started meeting various people in Gusbethi and other four villages. It was felt by Deepalaya personnel that a large number of problematic issues can be explored in greater depth., so as to identify the areas of intervention in a scientific but professional way in which the peopleâ€™s participation is obtained to the maximum possible extent.
PRA exercise was started to collect the basic data regarding the villagers, identify issues and problems, asses needs, involve communities in the process and side by side generating awareness towards Deepalaya and its activities. The PRA exercise done in two phases has not only given us with necessary data, but helped us in understanding and accepting each other. There was initial resistance from the side of the villagers as they viewed Deepalaya as another urban company but towards the end of the year, with the help of these exercises, individual and group meetings, better acceptability has been forged. Project proposals on Education, Health and Floriculture were formulated on the feed back obtained from PRA exercise and the villagers.
Shudhi Gupta Delhi writes” I am deeply touched and feel like crying on meeting my child. I am glad, I decided to do the small effort of caring for Mamta. I will keep on coming here to be closer to the child. I am overwhelmed with emotions and canâ€™t visit more. SPONSORSHIP DIVISIONDeepalaya SponsorshipSince its inception in 1990 the Sponsorship Division has made remarkable progress and successfully met all sponsorship servicing needs of nearly 2000 children who have been under sponsorships over the last 8 years. The year 1997-98 was also very much encouraging with considerably lot more activities. There was an increase of 318 sponsorships during the year 97-98 (perpetual -43 & annual 275). With the active sponsorship having gone up to 1270 (perpetual 287 and annual 983). The present ratio between Indian and NRI / Foreign sponsorships is 50:50. Apart from doing all sponsorship activities successfully, many new steps were initiated in the area of communication, reporting, fund raising, monitoring of sponsored children etc. The Netherlands trip was a remarkable achievement by 60 sponsored children of Deepalaya School. All the children informed their sponsors about the trip through their first term letter in the month of June â€™97. A separate communication was also done by the sponsorship division in this regard.
â€˜Maitree Shreeâ€™ the annual function to bring the sponsors and children on a common platform was held at Deepalaya School. Though invitations were sent to 470 sponsors based in and around Delhi, only 80 of them participated in the cultural function and had meaningful interaction with the children.
Active Sponsorship 1997-1998
This year a workshop was conducted to make the Deepalaya staff aware of sponsorship activities in detail. The participation constituted a homogeneous group of school teachers, DAs and SEs at the same level of concern and other Deepalaya Staff. The workshop was well received by the participants and it was a new experience to many new SEs/teachers.
Apart from the above routine work the division has actively participated in Abhinaya â€™97, CP festival etc.
Sponsor of Manu writes,“Let me take this opportunity to congratulate all at Deepalaya for the commendable work that you are doing. Our task as sponsors making monitory contributions is a very small gesture and you make us feel so good about it. It is the effort and care that you are putting in that makes a difference”. ACTIVITIESThe year begin with Deepalaya participating in the first ever Social Development. The cultural exchange programme at Holland which was reported in the major national dailies including Hindustan Time, Times of India, Statesman, Indian Express, Pioneer, Asian Age, The Hindu, Hindustan, Nav Bharat Times, Jansatta and carried features about the trip. Also major electronic channels reported which included Doordarshan, Star TV, B.B.C, Aaj Taak, City Cable, Dutch Television, First Education etc.
Deepalaya again made its debut when it was part of the Mega C.P Shopping Anupam Kher with Deepalaya ChilldrenFestival. Deepalaya had put up a small stall with an aim to spread word about Deepalaya and to seek support of people in terms of funds. The event in terms of fund raising, was not large but undoubtedly in terms of visibility Deepalaya did make its presence felt.
On the occasion of Abhinaya, a programme of sensitisation and integration between elite Public School and Deepalaya children throuch souvenir and donor coupons we could raise over 2 lakhs. Reports on the event was carried in Times of India and Pioneer.
Besides the coverage during various events, features on Deepalaya appeared in â€˜Hinduâ€™. Documentaries on Deepalaya was aired on B.B.C news ( Adult Literacy Programme) Dekhte Rahiye on DD-2, â€˜Hello Indiaâ€™ DD-2 and programme on â€˜Basti Sevikasâ€™ is being telecast at regular intervals on Distance Education Programme of IGNOU (DD-1). AIR broadcasted programme by Deepalaya children, interview and talk on Deepalaya. Reports on the â€˜Inauguration of HRD Centreâ€™ appeared in Times of India, West Delhi Times (Supplement), Pioneer etc. Reports on the visit of Belgian Prime Ministerâ€™s wifeâ€™s was covered by Doordarshan and Asian Age.
A landmark achievement was the of collaboration with a corporate body, when computers were introduced in Deepalaya School in partnership with Tata Infotech. This collaboration was made possible by partners in change acting as catalyst. The centre was inaugurated by Ms. Sheela Gujral, wife of then Prime Minister, Inder Kumar Gujral. The reports on the inauguration was published in Times of India, Hindu, Financial Express etc.
During the year 291 donation boxes were installed mostly at chemist shops, garment stores, opticians etc., thus making a totally of 334 boxes.
… Most school buildings are so ill designed that a disabled student with crutches or on a wheel chair finds it impossible to attend classes or go to the loo or even visit the school library without the help of classmates. Moreover, the psychological pressure is extreme….The Pioneer – 17thJuly 1998
In Deepalaya we think and believe otherwise. In our new school at Kalkaji Extension we will have all those facilities for the disabled children with the aim of creating a friendly environment which is physically and mentally conducive.
DISABILITY PROJECTDisability project was started in 1994 at two locations of South Delhi – Sanjay Colony & Gole Kuan with the basic aim of rehabilitation and mainstreaming the physical and mentally disabled children.
Through individual attention, counseling, awareness generation, improving self esteem provision of aids and appliances towards a meaningful life is being achieved.
During the year, four polio affected children have been operated for removal of contractures in their lower limbs, seven polio affected children were provided with Calipers, six hearing and speech impaired children have been given hearing aids. They are showing progress with the therapy. At the same time twelve children with various diagnosis of mental retardation, and who have been coming to the special units of the project, have shown signs of improvement. They have become more social in their manner of interacting with others. Their behavior in the class and their way of presenting themselves have improved tremendously.
One of the achievements of this year has been starting a new unit in the V.P Singh Colony with 16 disabled children. The teacher has been getting on the job training regularly. An awareness generation camp was organised in the same location with Jan madhyam and SSNI coming together to help us. Certificate of disability was provided to thirteen children from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. This certificate would help them to avail facilities provided by the government. Regular speech therapy, exposure visits, painting & handicraft sessions etc. and other ways to makes the life of these children better are attempted.
As far as mainstreaming the handicapped with formal system is concerned 17 children have been integrated either at Deepalaya School or at different MCD Schools of the locality. Our collaboration with AIIMS rehabilitation Department, St. Stephen Hospital, SSNI, Jan Madyam etc. has helped in achieving these objectives.
Itâ€™s rightly said if the railway stations in the city were to close down, the world for many would come crushing down. Among them would be large number of childrenâ€¦Subodh is 13 years old, from Khagaria district in Bihar, works in Azadpur Sabzi mandi, as ahead loader, he is one of the many children who are learning basics of Education at Deepalayaâ€™s street & working children project and experiencing the childhood which was long deprived
In his words, the world came down crushing when his father passed away, but today he knows he is not alone in his struggle, Deepalaya stands beside him in his hour of need, Deepalaya has added essence of childhood in his life he looks at the future through the eyes of Deepalaya.
STREET AND WORKING CHILDREN PROJECTThe project for street and working children was launched last year (Feb â€™97) to ameliorate the plight of street and working children and bring some solace in their living.
Through the project we have attempted to reach out to children falling within the age bracket of 6-16 years largely from unorganised sector (on the street or no home or parents) from the locations of Banana Godown, Gori Shankar Mandir, Shalimar Bagh and at New Delhi Railway Station.
A number of programmes and services are offered to them through the project for instance – education, health, recreation, animation and motivation for personality development, counseling, exposure trips, night shelter, nutrition etc.
The Banana Godown centre with working children started in February 1997 has so far registered over 150 children, many of them girl children. The New Delhi railway Station Centre got fully operational by 15th Dec 1997 and by the end of the year 50 children were registered at the centre. Festivals are some of the most significant occasions of celebrations for these children. A combined Republic Day celebrations for both centres was organised on 24th Jan â€™98 wherein, 90 children from both NDRS and Shalimar Bagh participated. Various educational cum exposure trips (both local and outstations) were carried out. An exposure trip to Bharatpur was organised with the objective to establish rapport with the children and staff on the hand and also among children on the other, as they come from different background. 30 children along with project officer and 5 CCRâ€™s participated . The children were taken to Bird Century of Fathepur Sikri for sight seeing. The children from the project ( both centre) also participated in a tour to Maharastra in which Mumbai and Pune had been on the itinerary, organised by NGO forum for street and working children, Delhi.
Besides the above, children are being taken to the various historical, religious, cultural and modern site of significance and importance and all factual information regarding them are given to them. Every week, children are taken for general medical checkup to the hospital and provided with medicines. Regular counseling sessions with children were carried out which has helped to transform their attitude towards life.120 children of the project also participated in a rally against fire crackers which was organised by Deepalaya to raise a voice against child labour and exploitation. ( Picture Above Right : Eminent Dancer Mr. Raja Reddy with Deepalaya Children )
The Childrenâ€™s Day was celebrated in a unique way by having a Red Nose Day for street and working children and children from slum wherein street children presented a skit an child labour and songs on similar themes in 6 colleges of Delhi, to create awareness among the youth about exploitation of children. The street and working children participated in the Global March against child labour organised in Delhi.
We, in Deepalaya work towards Human ( whole) development and consider it a process of change. A development paradigm is constituted around our beliefs, and philosophy. Appropriate approaches, strategies and methodologies are designed to effectively bring this phenomenon closer to communities with whom we interact. In this endeavor, we have evolved a policy. One of the strategies implementing the policy is to phase out from community, area and program, in ten to twelve years. DEEPALAYA CORPORATE OFFICEThe Corporate Office, popularly known as CO in Deepalaya, is operating as central co-ordination unit of programme as well as financial management. The HRD, Administration & Documentation forms parts of this unit.
The main tasks are policy formulation on all aspects of the organisation, programme planning and monitoring, resourcing & managing funds, guiding different units of the organisation for programme implementation, feed back reporting to funding agencies, meeting statutory requirements including internal and external auditing, managing growth through implementing the organisational visions, recruitment & placement of staff, directing administrative activities of all units of the organisation etc.
During this year CO has been engaged itself in formulating proposals for continuing existing projects as well as starting new and diversified programmes like DRDRC, realising the dream of Deepalaya Formal School at Kalkaji Extension, established collaboration with European Union through ICCO, helping in the phase out process of Deepalaya Plan Project etc. The achievements worth mentioning of this year are, nearing completion of construction of Deepalaya School (Kalkaji Extension), starting construction of Human Resource Centre, Janakpuri, restructuring and activating Street & Working Children Project, reorganizing HRD department, timely reporting to all funding agencies, enabling the in cultural exchange programme to Netherlands, reshaping Deepalaya Disability Project, acquiring 11 acres of land in Gusbethi, Mewat region construction and starting of educational centre there, initiating & conducting PRA exercise in Mewat region planning Deepalaya on the Web Site, directing all fund raising activities like Abhinaya, CP Shopping Festival, Red Nose Day etc., and several new appointments in different units of Deepalaya.
Other than the above, receipts and disbursement of funds were effectively carried out on the basis of cash flow statements received from the different units, prudential investment of funds were done for better returns in short term and long term deposits, preparation of annual accounts and balance sheet, payment of Provident Fund & Gratuity as per Government Rules and submission of returns & filing of reports to Home Ministry(FCRA), Income Tax Department, Provident Fund Commissioner and Donor Agencies.
A.T Kearney, a world renewed business consultancy has launched an HRD study of Deepalaya. It is making good progress on HRD systems and organisation structure. This was facilitated by partnersâ€™ in change. A.T Kearney does not charge Deepalaya as they do this being their contribution to Social cause.
This has been a most moving experience for me. The new Social Entrepreneurâ€™s approach to education, health and social work will replace the conventional bureacratic model and change the world.David Bonbright, Aga Khan Foundation.