The Directorate of Education, Delhi Administration recognised the need for Deepalaya School by providing Essentiality Certificate. Application for proper recognition of the school is submitted. We did not know even after 10 years from now we would not get this recognition from Government.
1988 was yet another year during which peace making was on the cards at International, National and Regional levels but all the same it eludes every sphere and the efforts are to be kept up and peace strived at. The national political situation has become quite unpredictable and concerns are expressed at all levels. The average people are still looking forward for a better life, both materially and qualitatively.
Deepalaya has been attempting in its own humble way to mitigate the sufferings of poor and backward communities and meet with basic necessities of life of these people through its development efforts.
The following are an account of our activities for the financial year 1988-89. With the new finance act universalising the financial year as April-March for all categories, Deepalaya 1988-89 financial year is made up of 15 months from January 1988 to March 1989.
Deepalaya activities are confined to the Union Territory of Delhi and that too to two geographical locations:
1. The Kalkaji area – South east Delhi.
2. The Raghubeer Nagar and Kyala areas – West Delhi.
The programme at Kalkaji and neighborhood is supported through sponsorship grants by Aide-et-Action Paris, France and Save the children fund, London, U.K. During 1988, Inter church Co-ordination Committee ‘ICCO’, Zeist, Holland joined the family of Deepalaya supporting collaborators through a Capital grant to purchase land for school at Kalkaji and recurring block grant for initiating Urban Community Development activities in two locations, namely Transit Camp and Sanjay Amar Colony.
The Unie School and Evangelie, Amsterdam, Holland is another supporting organisation, who have extended support to Deepalaya during 1988-89 for school building at the instance of ICCO through a Co-financing mechanism. The programme at Raghubeer Nagar and Kyala is fully supported and collaborated by Foster Parent PLAN International, Rhode Island, U S A and this programme is fast expanding to become an independent project in 1989-90.
The activities at Kalkaji and neighborhood are summarised as below:-
a) Essentially certificate for a middle school in Kalkaji Area.
b) Sponsorship recommendation for land purchase from DDA.
c) Scheme of Management of the school approved by the Education Directorate.
d) Application for recognition is submitted to the Education Directorate and is being pursued.
e) DDA is being pursued to process the application for land but the hitch is that they ask for proof of Rs.28.5 lakhs available for an acre of land, which Deepalaya do not have.
Deepalaya school has entered into the second decadeÃ¢â‚¬Å“ of its existence in 1989. From a humble beginning in 1978-79, with 5 children and two staff, Deepalaya school is now catering to around 750 children under the care of the requisite number of efficient and committed staff as Manager, Social worker, Teachers, Ayas, Drivers, Helpers etc. Another glaring difference which has been brought about is the class of students who are catered to. Initially it was majority of children from middle class families paying fees, but today it is for 99% of children from poor families, who are catered to and who can ill afford the high cost of quality education. The package of services rendered to children in Deepalaya include tuition, transport, books, uniform, nutrition, medical care/check-up, picnics and study tour etc. all these free of cost. A nominal donation of Rs.10/- is accepted from each student to make the parent serious about education and to enlist their participation. These free services have been possible due to the sponsorship support which is being obtained from above mentioned agencies. All the children in Deepalaya are at the primary level, with majority of them at the level of lower and upper Kindergarten. The focus is on tiny tots which is in tune with the objective of universalisation of education and the pre-school levels the most vulnerable to behandled to achieve universalisation.
1988-89 for Deepalaya School was a year of growth, fitting well with the new decade, a decade of anticipated growth and service. From around 300 children in 1987, it has reached around 750 children in 1988-89. Inspite of the problem of accommodation, the attempt to educate by decentralising helped to cater for another 450 children of which 362 are catered to in the Transit Camp hired rooms, 70 in St. John’s school run by the Mar Thoma Church Society and 18 in Municipal Schools.
In improving the quality and standard of education steps taken include teachers training, informal teaching methodologies, nature study, use of library, study tour and vacation school for creative arts, culture etc. in Bal Bhawan.
The parent-teacher meetings, Management-teacher meetings, Management-teacher-parent meetings, celebrations of Independence day, Republic day, Christmas, School day, film shows, visit to important historical places, etc. were normal events followed during 1988-89.
Visitors to school included Municipal Counsellor, Land Commissioner, DDA, representatives of supporting agencies and sponsor parents. On the whole the visitors were impressed with the overall disciplines, manners and educational standards of children and were pleased to continue supporting the cause of Deepalaya. The strength of children under Deepalaya school is given below:-
Out of the above 750 children 640 are sponsored and rest of 110 non-sponsored. We are happy to indicate that girls form 48% of the students attending the school, which is a special endeavor of Deepalaya focussing attention on women and children.
INITIATIVES OF URBAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Considering the constraints of obtaining infra-structure (land, building etc.) for formal education and gaining experience in undertaking Urban Community Development through sponsorship in West Delhi area, the programme of expanding the work through urban Community Development in Kalkaji area was mooted with the encouragement of ICCO of Holland. A block grant of Rs.100000/- to initiate community development in Urban localities in Delhi and integrate Deepalaya School activity with community work was approved by ICCO and the programme was launched in Transit Camp, Kalkaji and Sanjay Amar colony.
Here again the entry point was education, focus was children and approach was community participation. With decentralised schools in hired rooms at Transit Camp, the education launched here was for women in literacy and non-formal education for dropouts. This covered 77 adults and dropouts. At Sanjay Amar Colony formal education covered 129 children in nursery ( 69 boys – 60 girls = 129) and 58 in LKG (40 boys and 18 girls=58), altogether 187. Literacy classes for women, Non formal classes for dropouts also were conducted at Sanjay Amar Colony. This benefited around 90 adults and dropouts.
Under health, the approach was promotive and educative. At Transit Camp doctors and post-graduate trainees from All India Institute of Medical Sciences made weekly visits to conduct pre and post natal and other community health education. At Sanjay Amar Colony, a team of 5 doctors from LNJP hospital involved themselves in regular visits, health status, survey, referrals to govt. hospitals, immunisation, growth monitoring, personal and environmental hygiene etc. Three basti development guides from the slum colony were under training to become barefoot doctors.
Community organisation was another area which was given attention. The diversities of language, religion, region, occupation, culture etc. play its own part. In creating a conducive atmosphere to promote community organisation awareness creation for collective organisation was undertaken. It is too early to judge the effect of evolving community structures. The attempt is at the level of women and youth and through literacy, skill training etc.
Very little could be done on income enhancement and the main reasons are lack of skill potential and mutual knowledge and confidence between and among the community and Deepalaya. In the coming years, income enhancement should receive equal attention and priority so that the community can on their own provide the means for health and education to the growing generation. Much more efforts are required to make a dent in the problems of Urban Community and Deepalaya is training itself to meet the challenges.
DEEPALAYA PLAN PROGRAMME AT RAGHUBEER NAGAR & KYALA
Drawing resources from sponsorship and administered jointly by Deepalaya and PLAN, Deepalaya PLAN Programme is a typical Urban Community Development Project which attempts to cover all concerns of Urban living. This programme has 3504 sponsored children/families and covers around 5000 families under the administration of a large team of committed professionals in Social work and other disciplines of management. The programme areas cover education, health, income enhancement and community Development/Organisation. The outreach has been substantial and benefits both tangible and intangible have been adequate. The achievement are summarised below:-
EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING
|School Fees||21 students|
|School Uniforms||3500 “|
|School Books||1111 “|
|Remedial Education||2580 “|
|Pre-school Education||1620 “|
|Adult Literacy||560 “|
|Family life Education||2020 “|
|Education Infra-Structure||120 “|
|Cultural education||1900 “|
|Library Service||1060 “|
|Legal Education||2300 “|
|Vocational Training||361 “|
|Employment Bureau||50 “|
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE
|Dental Care Camp||1800 patients|
|Eye Care Camp||1600 “|
|Health related Housing||210 families|
|Supplementary nutrition||1620 children|
|Special diet and ration||40 families|
|T.B. patients||87 patients|
|Curative medical care||5451 “|
|Child care Education||400 families|
|Health Education||920 families|
|Hand pumps||2 (600) families|
|Water tank (Sintex)||2 (460) families|
|Waste disposal education||700 families|
|Health workers trained||18 persons|
|Potable Water||177 families|
INCOME ENHANCEMENT (SELF EMPLOYMENT)
Garment production unit 45 women
Small Business Development 137 families
Ancillary Unit 1 family
|Women’s Forum||13 associations|
|Youth Forums||5 “|
|Housing associations||7 “|
|Potable water associations||13 ” (500 families covered under organisation.)|
|Small Business Development groups||12 “|
|Credit Co-operative||1 “|
Cutting across the barriers economic, social, political, the attempt was to enlist participation of the communities/families. The family Development Plan and preparation of Family budget as part of the Corporate budget for the fiscal years 1989-1992 afforded opportunities for individual families, groups, associations to involve activity in programme planning and budget formulation. In the implementation of programmes especially housing, potable water, small business development etc., the benefiting families and groups took their own decisions, framed their own rules and regulation mobilising resources by self-help contribution etc. working towards self-management and self-reliance.
As part of the celebrations within the programme, the Bal Diwas (14th November), the Republic day, were celebrated in a fitting manner and the community as well as staff took active part.
The Deepalaya Pariwar Sammelan and the Adult Education Mela were occasions of learning together and sharing collectively of concerns and experiences, as also an occasion to understand the global mission of Deepalaya and how the cadres and their roles are placed in relation to the mission of Deepalaya. The cadre of committed workers building themselves into a cohesive team was an asset to Deepalaya and basic factor for its success.
Looking into future we are left with considerable challenges and it is hoped that Deepalaya shall stand upto the challenges and demands of the opportunities lie ahead of us.
In concluding this report, I record my thanks to the community, the staff, the executive committee and general body, the supporting collaborators, the government of Delhi and India, other volagencies all who have co-operated with Deepalaya to do what it did in 1988-89 and look forward for the same support and co-operation in future.
Deepalaya Plan Programme
In the field of education, the following programmes have been undertaken.
Five Balwadi centres 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 curricular are being provided to these children so that they can be put back into the main stream of formal education, Educational tours were also organized 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 centres have been set up for the age group of 14 to 18 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 centres 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 Ã¢â‚¬ËœBal MelaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ was organised on childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s day by Deepalaya plan. Debate, elocution and play competitions were organised and the childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 :-
Curative Programme :-
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 TB patients are being provided medicines by Deepalaya Plan. Special diet is also being provided to patients whenever the doctor recommends so.
Immunization of children were 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 monthly news 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 person 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 PlanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s support.
Two small business development groups were also organised. The first group comprised of nine members and the second group of 163 members. A loan of maximum Rs.1000.00 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 Mahila Mandals. The youth group besides organising cricket matches has also organised a de-addiction 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 PlanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. Today 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 programme 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.
In conclusion, it is my bounden duty to thank the parents, community, staff, well wishers and members of the society for all cooperation and support rendered in making the society grow and out reach more people in distress and want.