Focus: Children and Youth, Disability, Education, Health, Livelihoods
COPING with disability is no cakewalk - for both the afflicted child and the parents. And doubly so for those from low income families. Help fund health equipment at Deepalaya’s Special Unit for 85 children.
INDIA is unfriendly to persons with disabilities – that’s a fact. And if you are born differently abled to economically disadvantaged parents, it’s a double whammy. The big-hearted founders of Deepalaya recognised that back in 1999 and have, over the course of the years, established a Special Needs Unit in Delhi’s Sanjay Colony to help differently abled children overcome their physical and mental limitations and become independent and self reliant members of the community.
A QUARTER of a million children in Delhi live in slums or on the streets and do not go to school. Just an hour’s drive from Delhi lies Mewat, a village in Haryana where the literacy rate is only 33 per cent. Deepalaya’s flagship education programme derives its rationale from these startling figures. They operate several schools in Delhi and Haryana, both formal and non-formal, that have provided quality education at an affordable cost to more than 3,00,000 underprivileged over the years.
WHEN research revealed that women in the Mewat area of Haryana were not only uneducated and unemployed, but also given no say in decision-making that involved them and their family, Deepalaya took action. They partnered with the Mewar Dev Agency to start a programme of Self Help Groups and began with five villages and three groups of 48 members in 1999. The project has now expanded to cover more than 1,300 groups with 15,000+ women in the villages of Haryana, Delhi and Uttarakhand. Amazing!
For over 10 years now I have personally supported Deepalaya for four key projects. I have had a good experience on all parameters i.e. implementation, reporting of progress and utilization of funds. Deepalaya is a responsible and committed organization.
I am sponsoring the education of one child. They keep me updated with his progress reports, his handwritten messages and pictures. If not for Deepalaya, I wouldn’t have found a way to fulfil my intention of contributing something to the society.
During my stay at Deepalaya I got to see some genuine quality work. One of the best examples is the project ‘Education on Wheels’. I would like to contribute to this organisation in the future as well.
- AJ Philip President