Plan International is followed by ICCO and FCE to support the Deepalaya mission of Enabling The Child Look Beyond Slums.
The year 1987 was for various reasons a year of turmoil, yet the understanding between the super powers on Nuclear disarmament gives a ray of hope for peace. However the real peace will only be enjoyed when poverty and neglect are eliminated from the surface of the earth. Deepalaya is making its own humble contribution towards world peace.
The year 1987 for Deepalaya Education Society was yet another year of growth and progress. The cumulative growth is substantial although the spurt was recent.
Deepalaya activities can be divided into two streams, one in the institutional stream confined to the running of Deepalaya School in which children from lower middle class and children from weaker sections living in slums are educated. Majority of the children from the slums are given free education and are supported under the sponsorship programme. The other stream is community oriented and also supported through a sponsorship programme by Foster Parent Plan International. It is called Deepalaya Plan Programme. It is my pleasure to give an account of the progress achieved in 1987 through this annual report.
During 1987, the school has not made any real progress on physical aspects. The qualitative improvement made by the students in their studies, health and behavior is the only satisfaction. Due to the problems of accommodation, the school stopped new enrollment. As many as 270 students are sponsored of which 150 are sponsored by Aide et action, Paris, France and 120 by Save the Children, England, UK. The strength of the school is slightly reduced in 1987 due to the fact that there were dropouts. The positions of sponsored dropouts were filled in from the group of students, who were not sponsored but supported by the society and this group was not maintained at the same number due to stoppage of new enrollment.
Strength of School
These students are pay a monthly fee of Rs. 60/- for tution and Rs. 40/- towards the use of conveyance.
Sponsored Section – (Morning and Evening ) at Chittaranjan Park.
|Sponsored Section at Kidwai Nagar|
Non Sponsored But Supported By The Society
Total strength of school – 56 + 270 + 20 = 346
Teachers and Staff
Principal :1, Teachers : 16, Aya (Aids) : 4, Drivers : 2, Helpers to Drivers :2, Typist :1, Sponsorship
Administrator : 1, Social Worker : 1.
The ratio of students / teacher is21 students to a teacher which enables personal attention to each student.
The sponsored children are given tuition, transport to and from school, books, stationery and teaching aids, uniforms, nutrition and medical care, educational tours and picnics free of cost, whereas the paying section children pay tuition fees and transport charges and arrange for themselves every other need except for books and stationery centrally supplied by the school at cost price. During 1987, the school has acquired one Bajaj mini bus under the deemed export scheme with the assistance of Aide et Action, Paris. The milk powder provided by general health. During the year the medical check ups included examination of stool for parasites and those affected were given deworming treatment. The services of the homeopathy doctor is availed continuously. The children are given nutrition supplement apart from milk by way of fruits, eggs etc. regularly.
As usual the school celebrated the national days like Independence Day, Republic Day etc., as also Christmas and other occasions.
The school had the visit of a few parents sponsoring children and representatives from partner organisations supporting the sponsorship programme.
Cooperation With St. John’s School/ Mar Thoma Church Society
The St. John’s School was prompted to start an afternoon free school session for slum children. The society members helped with contacts for enrollment of children, recruitment of teacher etc. The society was negotiating with Save the Children fund for support under sponsorship to these children in St. John’s School.
As usual the foster parents were provided with two letters from the sponsored students and an annual progress report from the society. The communication between the parents and students through the society has become a vital link and medium for mutual education and understanding of development.
DEEPALAYA PLAN PROGRAM
Deepalaya Plan Program is presently working with 1370 sponsored families residing in a resettlement colony of West Delhi. 1166 of the sponsored families were enrolled in the past one year (ie Jan ’87 to Dec ’87). On the basis of felt/actual needs of these sponsored families the following programmes were launched by Deepalaya Plan.
In the field of Education, The Following Programmes Have Been Undertaken.
Five Balwadi justifys have been up for children in the age group of 3 to 6 years. 189 children are participating in this programme. The children are taught by play way methods. Regular growth monitoring of each and every child is being ensured. Children in grade II and grade III are closely monitored and the mothers are being educated about ways and means of putting the child on the road to progress. Regular parent teacher meetings are being organized so as to provide a platform for interaction. The children were also taken to the circus.
Non formal education
Deepalaya PLAN has one non formal education justify for 51 children in the age group of 6 to 12 years who have either never been enrolled in school or are school dropouts. Condensed courses of formal school curriculum are being provided to these children so that they can be put back into the mainstream of formal education. Educational tours were also organised for these children.
Approximately 150 children were admitted to a formal school by Deepalaya Plan in class I to class V.
Three Non formal education justifys have been set up for the age group of 14 to 40 years and the strength is 83. Health education forms an integral part of this programme. This group participated in an inter agencies competition ( 29 voluntary organisation participated) organised by State Resource Center of Jamia Millia and won a number of prizes.
Remedial Education Center
15 REC justifys have been set up for children who are studying in class I to class VI and the strength is 764. 95% of the students were promoted into the next class and fared well in their examinations. The children were provided school uniforms, bags and stationery. Educational tours were also organised for these children. Regular parent teacher meetings are held in order to provide a platform for interaction.
A ‘Bal Mela’ was organised on children’s day by Deepalaya PLAN. Debate, elocution and play competitions were organised and the children’s enthusiasm and response was remarkable.
In order to train staff involved in all the educational programmes, regular workshops are organised.
In the Field Of Health , The Following Programmes Were Undertaken
Two health justifys have been set up by Deepalaya PLAN and 705 patients have availed of curative services. A team of doctors – a Gynecologist, child specialist, eye specialist and general practitioner visit the community on rotation basis. The patients are provided medicines free of cost. Referral services are also provided as and when required by the patients. Resources linkages have been established with the well equipped government hospitals for this purpose.
26 T B patients are being provided medicines by Deepalaya PLAN. Special diet is also being provided to patients whenever the doctor recommends so.
Immunization of children was also undertaken and the children were administered BCG and TABC vaccines. Growth monitoring of children is also a regular activity which has been undertaken but its scope needs to be widened as many families still have to be covered under this programme.
As there was an epidemic of Meningitis in the area where Deepalaya PLAN is working, 526 families were provided with the preventive dose of meningitis.
Health education is given prime importance. The health workers through mothers meetings and non formal education justifys are doing so. The health workers were sent for two training workshops in order to enhance their knowledge.
Deepalaya PLAN also contributes articles on community health to a monthly news health letter.
A feeding and nutrition programme has also been launched for those families where there is no source of income. Ration is being provided to these families till income avenues are not found.
In The Field Of Resource And Skills Development, The Following Programmes Have Been Undertaken
Two sewing justifys have been set up with a strength of 26 trainees. One batch of trainees has completed its 6 months training and is presently involved in an income generation activity launched by Deepalaya Plan so that they could also contribute towards the family income.
Through resource linkages a few youth from the community were placed in industrial units for vocational training. One of the persons has also been placed with Bal Sahyog for a three year vocational training programme.
The women from the community have also been trained in Vim and Soap making and as soon as the market avenues have been explored it can be taken on as an income generation activity.
An employment bureau has also been set up by a Youth Group with Deepalaya PLAN’s support.
Two small business development groups were also organised. The first group comprised of nine members and the second group of 13 members. A loan of maximum Rs.1000.0 was given to the members which is being repaid in easy interest free installments. From the repayments a revolving fund has been set up and 7 new members have joined the group and availed of loan facility for small business development.
In the field of community organisation, Deepalaya PLAN has been able to organise a Youth Group and two Manila Manuals. The youth group besides organising cricket matches has also organised a de-adiction camp in which 15 smack addicts have undergone treatment. The employment bureau is also being run by the same youth group members.
One of the Mahila Mandals is presently involved in organising educational tours for the children and the other Mahila Mandal is setting up a Balwadi for children who do not have this facility with Deepalaya PLAN’s support.
Mariyamman Association and Shankar Association have also been formed for the housing project which will be supported by Deepalaya PLAN. Gradually more groups are organising themselves and coming together.
In the past one year, Deepalaya PLAN has certainly been able to establish a good rapport with the community. To day in each and every programme Deepalaya PLAN has considerable community participation and contribution.
The staff strength both regular and programme related is 44, which include one programme manager, one assistant program Manager, two subject matter persons, three administrative and accounts staff, one education supervisor and 29 community level staff.
The audited statement of accounts, separately rendered will indicate financial transactions undertaken by the society