Deepalaya is an ISO 9001:2008 certified non - government organisation that believes in enabling self reliance and is committed to working on issues affecting the urban and rural poor, with a special focus on women and children.
The Founding Members of Deepalaya
(Sitting L-R) Mrs. Grace Thomas, Mr. C.M. Mathai, Mr. Punnoose Thomas, Mr. T.K. Mathew
(Standing L-R) Mr. Y. Chackochan, Mr. T.M. Abraham, Mr. P.J. Thomas
The NGO was started on July 16th 1979 by seven founding members, and for more than three decades, has been contributing to the crusade against illiteracy. Over the years, Deepalaya has established several projects in the areas of Education (Formal/Non-Formal/Remedial), Women Empowerment (reproductive health, SHG, Micro-finance), Institutional care, Community health, Vocational training and Differently Abled. These projects are operational in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Till date, Deepalaya has reached out to more than 2,70,000 children, given vocational training to 9,700 adults and helped form more than 1,000 Self Help Groups with 11,000 women who have together saved Rs.408 million with a community revolving fund of Rs.1053 million. Deepalaya’s growth, however, has not been a solitary one; the organisation takes the initiative to collaborate with the government and with other agencies to make meaningful intervention in the policy making process of the State.