Annual Report 1999-2000

Annual Report 1999-2000

Basic input for development – i.e. education for advancement is denied to the poor. The act and rules largely facilitate exploitation and corruption, though meant to remedy it.
Mr. T, K Mathew

Deepalaya celebrated last year the two decades of its contribution to Human Development. We did learn out of our very many mistakes. The resolve for the third millennium and the next decade is not to repeat these mistakes but strategically change and develop responses to suit the emerging environment.


  • Empowerment of poor is a subjective process in which poor have to actively participate. Capacity building of poor is a long term process. Social transformation is an integretional process. There are no shortcuts.Acts and rules adversely affect poor due to its sloppy implementation. The act and rules largely facilitate exploitation and corruption, though meant to remedy it.

    Industrialisation and liberalisation further marginalises the poor. Profiteering overtakes social responsibility.

    Basic input for development – i.e. education for advancement is denied to the poor. Plan allocations adequately prove it.

    The overall market mechanism lures poor to invest their hand earning in trivial needs, which boost profit margins of multinationals.

The future

  • If the “poor have no chance” is the belief Deepalaya has no role. Being optimistic and not accepting defeat, Deepalaya in the next decade vow to work atCorporate education on social responsibility by partnering corporates and influencing them through action lines.

    Promote alternate learning as a supplement to formal education until acts and rules are amended to suit the poor or a formal certificate is made redundant to earn a decent living.

    Organise and involve poor communities to develop their own programs with the element of self reliance.

    Community participation to change the quality of Govt. Programmes and its effective and efficient implementation as means to fundamental right through democratic processes.

We hope to obtain support from all quarters, as we did in the past, for our future endeavours.

 Strategic Planning – Towards Next 20 Years
This is 21st year of meaningful existence for Deepalaya. Last year’s Annual Report took you to images and stories of achievements since 1979. This year we are trying to visualise our next 20 years in concrete terms. Being a 21 year old organisation Deepalaya made an attempt to project the future in order to position itself advantageously with various stake holders . In collaboration with world Famous Consultancy Organisation A.T.Kearney Deepalaya held a Strategic Planning Session towards meeting this objective. It was meant for developing a proactive, dynamic attitude and capacity to adjust change. It primarily seeks to define the major orientations and principal objectives that Deepalaya should attain in order to achieve optimal success in the future. We wanted to launch an initiative of shaping the next 20 years of Deepalaya in a planned way. By visualising the course of steps and actions and analysing the organisation’s internal and external environment, identifying the resources, strengths and weaknesses, evaluating the organisation’s capabilities to strengthen present activities, take up new ventures and arrive at a consensus on future course of action. Above all initiate an organisation wide debate on Alternate learning as a supplementary and supporting system to the existing ones. Towards strategic planning we divided our programme approach in five categories namely Alternate learning, Programme Diversification, Spiral Expansion, Human Resource Training, Communication and Fundraising.
At present Deepalaya has six formal schools providing English medium (public school like) education to the children in slums. They provide quality education at affordable cost. But none of these schools have government recognition. After a long struggle, due to tremendous resource crunch, we could clear all obstacles and met the conditions of Education Act and rules expect paying salaries of teachers. It seems recognition of Deepalaya school is still a far cry. During this painful process of getting recognition we have realised that quality Education is not accessible for the poor and since we are determined to meet the need of poor only we have to find alternate ways for them. The approach developed on Alternate Learning gives us the guidelines to provide opportunities to the most disadvantaged children in slums, an effective way which can ensure self reliance and self confidence.
Programme diversification and spiral expansion are need of the hour for any growing organisation like Deepalaya. During the last 20 years we have reached more than 22000 children and their families through integrated urban community development projects and other issue based programmes. The diversification of programmes and expansion to newer areas should now happen in a more organised and planned way. The Strategic Planning on these aspects enabled Deepalaya to move into new geographical areas to implement self sustaining projects, introduced inclusive education in all units of Deepalaya for disabled children and initiated a project on Reproductive Health through Social Entrepreneurs.
Human resource training has been another thrust area for the last one year. Deepalaya Human Resource Centre is now equipped enough to cater to the training needs of grass root and middle level workers of any NGO. The process of capacity building in the area of training has been started with our own staff and community. Now Deepalaya Cadres are being trained at this centre which is envisaged to be a centre of excellence in due course.
Organisations like Deepalaya are heavily dependant on external resources which not only come with it’s own nuances but creates bottle necks in the process of becoming self reliant. We have been continuously working towards self reliance of the communities. Time has come when we must also look forward to self reliance of Deepalaya as an organisation. The process has been started with meticulous planning on how we can achieve this objective. Initiatives in this regard have resulted in better corporate relations, renewed funding, sponsorship activities and venturing into greeting cards etc.

The future can not be predicted in concrete terms but we made an attempt to shape it in a way which would bring in significant results meaningful for our beneficiaries as well as for the an organisation

Alternate learning is a non conventional, value based approach to qualitative learning of basic skills in a conducive environment using natural resources and talents leading to self – reliance. The application being technologically competative offers opportunities to sustain and continuously enrich life. In the strategic sessions we felt that Deepalaya policy on education should be developed and it should be accepted by all. The prototype should be clear to one and all. Communication for awareness among beneficiaries, initiatives towards local cadre development, promoting National Open School as an alternative for certification in continuation of formal education in academic and vocational units and establishing linkages with others. Above all improving and enlarging the resource base of Deepalaya in all aspects, clarity on the outcome, market orientation of the approach etc. were dealt with. In this direction, Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension has set up a computer training centre for 20 trainees in a batch, started NOS related coaching classes, established three science laboratories, conducted training programmes for effective science teaching in the school and started remedial education classes on all saturdays.
Kishan Kumar Pande from Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension
I was born in the year 1985 in Orissa in a big family. My father was a welder and we lived in the village of Chipilima which is very close to Shambalpur. When I was born, my family was going through very difficult financial conditions. My father’s earnings were not enough to provide for the whole family. Inspite of all these hard-ships, my parents sent me to a school which was till the seventh standard.After I completed the final examination of the fourth standard, I spend most of my time playing games. It was at this time that I decided to go and visit my elder brother in Delhi, who was earning his living there. When I told my parents, they laughed at me. I tried to communicate this desire but they did not take me seriously.One day I made up my mind to leave and with twenty rupees in my pocket I left home. For the next two years I went to many places in Bihar, M.P., U.P., and finally went to Delhi and at every place I earned my living in some way or the other.It was last year in the month of April ’98 that I was motivated by a social worker on the railway platform to join Deepalaya Boys Home. I agreed and that has changed my life. I started staying in the Boys Home and got admission in Deepalaya school in class VIII. The whole of the year has been wonderful for me. I got to know many others in my class. I was very different from them because they all have parents and family.

But I had no one. Soon I became friendly with every-one. All the teachers loved and cared for me. It was their guidance and encouragement that enabled me to struggle and work hard in my studies. Initially I did not get good marks. Later I got the fruit of my hard work. In the annual exams., I stood fourth in my class securing 65%. I out performed all the other students who have studied in an English medium school for eight continuous years, by being here for only a year! I am really filled with pleasure to think what I have achieved. Deepalaya changed my life. Now I study in class IX in Senior Secondary School, Vinay Nagar with Deepalaya Support. After education I want to become a police officer, I hope my dream become successful one day.

Beneficiaries in Educational Activities
Activity Male Female Total
Formal School 664 474 1138
Remedial Education 2236 1789 4025
Non Formal Education 1078 931 2009
Pre School Education 1430 1041 2471
Open School Education 377 114 491
Working Children 280 54 334
Adult Education 0 569 569
Meet Sudhir Sharma from Deepalaya School Sanjay Colony
Usually people who have had the misfortune of dysfunctional families and unhappy experience in their early life, find it hard to establish an inner balance and develop rewarding relationships. But 6 year old Sudhir Sharma’s case has already started to prove this assumption wrong. One’s happiness depends on the feeling of connectedness that is vitality itself and Sudhir has got this connection in Deepalaya along with a loving shelter in a family which though lives from hand to mouth, has enough space in their heart. Meeting Sudhir in the classroom, corridor of the school or anywhere in the school premises is like reliving one’s childhood in the fantasy world of nursery rhymes, princes, princesses, fairies and demi-gods.Any visitor to his class will be greeted with cheers and a volley of rhymes. He is just promoted to class I, and is at complete ease in the school. Being orphaned due to the untimely demise of his father and desertion by his mother, normally, he would have been destined to a sub-human existence. But being a male child, fortune smiled on him. His aunt (father’s sister) and her husband who have 4 daughters and no son, came forward to adopt Sudhir as their son. The family’s experience with daughters’ education in Deepalaya School, Sanjay Colony prompted them to bring the boy to the school in-spite of financial hardship. Even the token fees for 4 children was too much for them and their approach was to discontinue the education of the girls to educate Sudhir.  But the counselling by the teachers of Deepalaya dissuaded them to take the drastic step. The bright girls were sponsored, Sudhir too got sponsorship immediately. In fact, there were many takers for him.

Each and every visitor is impressed by the presence of mind and smartness of the boy.Sudhir is a born leader. Entire class follows him – be it in reciting a rhyme or falling in for P.T.A, a quick learner, he is ahead of most of the children of his class. He loves to draw, dance and sing. His dream is to fly an aeroplane – to touch the sky with glory. Now, with Deepalaya by his side, there is every chance of his dream being fulfilled. Sudhir’s adopted parents feel, they have landed the boy in a safe place – what they cannot do for him, Deepalaya may do. They acknowledge that the boy as well as the girls have access to best possible education, good health and adequate development.

He is growing as the loving brother of four sisters. He has no memory of his biological parents and he does not seem to miss anything. His involvement – rather of the family in the programmes of Deepalaya continue to provide meaning to their social existence. They know, whatever the income, no matter how low it is, a portion of it is to be reserved for the education of children.

Deepalaya Formal Schools
School M F Tot
Deepalaya School, K Extn. 140 128 268
Deepalaya School, SC 232 165 397
RJRNDS 206 145 351
Deepalaya School, GK 22 4 26
Deepalaya School, GB 35 11 46
Deepalaya School, VPSC 29
Kishor has transformed his life
“Didi, I have passed II std – may be these words from a 11 year old boy won’t make anyone happier. But people who have seen this drug addict two years before, who used to steal fruits at the platform and gamble with the money earned will have a pleasant surprise on meeting Kishor today. Kishore, originally hailing from Bhagalpur in Bihar and now living in a Delhi slum, belongs to a very poor family, Losing father at a very early age, with one elder brother, who has to look after the family, neither the mother nor brother had time or inclination or money to take care of Kishor. The result at the age of 10, Kishore was found gambling at the platform, enjoying puffs of “Ganja”. The dirty unkempt boy was indeed a wild boy with signs of possible Tuberculosis. With persistent motivation and effort the boy was brought to the NFE justify of Deepalaya. As the problem aggravated, it was Deepalaya worker who got his complete checkup done. The results were negative, however it helped to gain the trust of the family and also of the scared boy who decided to change. He started attending the classes regularly, slowly and slowly his behaviour began to change and he began to put into practice good habits being inculcated into him. He started coming clean and well groomed and sincerely started learning. Very soon he was ready to go school.

During the start of the session, after much efforts by Deepalaya staff, he was admitted in class one in MCD school although his age was much more. His performance at the school is credit worthy. Apart from studies he has excelled in sports. Today he is representing his class at inter school level competitions and has won so many prizes at the school level in athletics. He has become a model not only in the community but also among his friends who want to be like him.

NFE Admission Over The Years Our Approach Towards Non Formal Education
Year Admitted
Mainstreaming of children to formal system as soon as possible.
Providing opportunities for latent talent development on a regular basis.
Creating scope for vocational skill training.
Frequent exposure visits to places where from children can learn.
Conduction of class examinations regularly.
Creating and animating mother’s groups so that the parents take more interest.
IPP – VIII Literacy Activities
Primer I
Primer II
Primer III
NOS Registered Students
Year Secondary Sr. Secondary Total
M F Total M F Total M F Total


Seven year old Ajneesha is a poor girl from Okhla phase – I, her legs were completely paralysed from birth. Her physical impairment and economic deprivation frustrated her completely and as a result she developed behavioral problems. She was aggressive, abusive and picked up fights with her peers easily.Three years ago when she joined the special unit at Golekuan, the Special Educator realised and acknowledged her problems and gave a patient handling. Her mother played an important role to educate Ajneesha despite all the opposition she faced from her family, particularly her husband. For 3 years she carried the child to the class regularly. At Deepalaya we realised her need to be on her feet, so a caliper was provided from Nimble Orthotics. Ajneesha showed keen academic interest and was a bright child.

After initial help she was integrated in a near by MCD School. To help her commute to school a wheel chair was provided. Today Ajneesha is a class I student, she also attends Deepalaya’s REC class and participates in the extra curricular activities. Ajneesha’s case is a perfect example of teamwork between Deepalaya and the family, which enabled to main stream the child.

Like Ajneesha Deepalaya has tried to touch the lives of people who have to, not only cope with poverty but also their impairment. In 1994 the project for differently abled was started with the focus to rehabilitate people with special needs after recognising their potential. Aim was to create a positive attitude in parents & community towards differently abled people. The project aims at mainstreaming persons with disabilities into existing systems to improve their quality of life through developing their skills and providing maximum opportunity to participate in different activities. The project tries to rehabilitate the beneficiaries by intervening through education, health, medical care and skill imparting. Empowerment of the disabled through their families and last, but not the least, community organisation by awareness raising and attitude change.
Number of Beneficiaries in Deepalaya Disability Project
Year 95-96 96-97 97-98 98-99 99-00
Beneficiaries 7 48 70 175 322
Achievements of This Year

    • Survey conducted in 2 new areas in Khori village. 21 cases were Identified. In Shalimar Bagh 70 children were identified from 8 locations.
    • 10 children were operated and 23 children were referred to hospitals for medical intervention from 8 locations.
    • Orthotic Aids were given to 30 children and Orthotic Aids were repaired for 6 children. Wheel chair was provided to 4 children.
    • Children were assessed by the occupational therapist on the basis of which intervention was started for the special unit children.
    • Disability certificates have been obtained for 10 children from all India Institute of Medical sciences. Railway pass has also been made for 4 children.
    • 18 SE’s were trained to undertake inclusive education. Extending the same philosophy 4 children were integrated in the formal stream.
    • A picnic was organised at Appu Ghar. Disability 2000 was celebrated with much fan fare.
    • Speech consultants visits were increased from 3 days to 5 days per week.
    • The need based intervention was continued for 8 locations


Secret of Vimla’s Success
In this age of rapid development of our social environment, skill plays an important role in any individual’s life, more so when it comes to the unprivileged section of Indian women. The word “Skilled” doesn’t only mean life style, efficient working and income earning, but it is an “Art” of composing the whole life in a significant way.
How human beings themselves bear-down other humans who are unskilled a true example can be seen from Vimla’s Life. She came to Delhi five years ago from distt. Chhapra, Bihar with her husband and four children and started living in a rented Jhuggi at Gole Kuan – one of the slums of Delhi in which Deepalaya is working. Her family was dependent on her husband Ramprasad who, works on daily wages. His income was not sufficient to carry on with the household expenses. So, after taking stock of the situations, Vimla decided to work, and in this process joined a garment manufacturing unit at Okhla Industrial Area. She was entitled to only Rs. 800/- per month for working 10-12 hrs. with various other mental pressures at her workplace.
In the meantime, she came in touch with a Social Entrepreneur of Deepalaya working in the Area. With the help of her she got herself admitted in the “Sewing Training Centre” at Gole Kuan and after getting a regular training for six months, she joined again another Garment Export House as ‘Garments Repairing Woman’ and now, she is getting Rs.3000 – 3500/- as salary per month. Owing to this, she can feel the self-confidence in her and the improvement she is bringing in her family.
Several examples like Vimla could be found at various locations of Deepalaya. Deepalaya is working progressively for education along with Skill Development to improve the quality of life of community children, youth and women.
Vimla is one of the hundreds of beneficiaries, who says, ” The secret of my success is the support of Deepalaya”. I will try to let the unskilled workers from my company and colony join Deepalaya’s Skill Development Activity. Her dream is also to make her children Computer Engineers after their studies.
Vocational Training
Cutting & Tailoring
Beauty Culture
Girl Child project
Gudia Ghar (Pre-School)
Non Formal Education
Remedial Education
Home management
Beauty Culture
Puttul Craft (Handicraft)
Tie & Dye
Visit of Larry Summers, Secretary – US Treasury to Deepalaya Sanjay Colony School
“A remarkable investment in India’s future ….” – This was the impression of Mr. Larry Summers accompanied by Tim Geithner, Under Secretary (US Treasury), Sheryl Sand Berg, Chief of Staff (US Treasury) and Linda Morse, head of Mission – USAID after visiting Deepalaya School, Sanjay Colony Complex at Okhla Industrial Area, Phase -II. 
Mr. Summers in his address said “this visit would always remain fresh in our memories and I thank Deepalaya and your children for the wonderful hospitality.” 
He underlined in his address, that he was particularly impressed to see more girl children in the school, and he pointed out that educating girl children is an effective means to achieve Economic Development, as this would ensure happier and healthier families and community.
Social Entrepreneurship in Adolescent Health – A New Experiment
The project aims at establishing an efficient and sustainable mechanism for improving demand and access to health services, specifically reproductive health services

Specific objective of the project is to demonstrate that financially self supporting Social Entrepreneurs can efficiently improve the reproductive health status of adolescents and young couples in urban slums. It aims for the following:To create a cadre of self supporting SEs within the target community.
To improve reproductive health status of adolescents in the target community.

The project has been planned as inspired by the mission of Deepalaya. It is an innovative attempt to implement the tried and tested concept of Social Entrepreneurship in education and Reproductive Health. It has the concept of self-reliance and is focussed on adolescents, especially the girl adolescents who are the most disadvantaged group in the communities where we work. The plan of focussing on adolescent reproductive health is an innovation as far as RCH program in India is concerned because even the recently released Population Policy does not spell out due attention to this largest group. The project has the scheme of intervening with this group and providing follow up so that willful behaviour change is promoted as they become adults. They are helped to take decisions for themselves, regarding their own reproductive lives and adopt a responsible sexual behaviour while they are adolescents. They should know their rights and do not undergo unnecessary exploitation due to lack of correct and sufficient knowledge.
The project has a considerable amount of research component as the strategy it adopts needs to be innovative at each stage. This is one of such interventions of its kind, happening, for the first time, in our country. It shall research the perceptions regarding sex and sexuality, how these perceptions get transferred to the upcoming generation, how few of them become hurdles in adopting responsible sexual behaviour and how others are helpful. What do young people need, what are their curiosities, how much impact it has on their day to day lives, impact of media, thoughts/perceptions about opposite sex etc.. ‘
Although it has a research component, it offers considerable service components to be provided through strong networking.
Reproductive health Care
Pregnant Women
High Risk Pregnancy
No. of TT Given
No. of FA Tablets given
ANC Checkups
Beneficiaries in Eye Care Checkups
Activity 99-00 98-99 97-98 96-97 95-96
Spectacles Distributed
Referred to Hospital
Medicines Given
Family Planning Activities 1999-2000 Health Activities – Others 1999-2000
Activity Activity No. of Participants
Condoms Distributed
Immunisation Programmes
Contraceptive Tablets Distributed
Mother & Child Care
Copper T
TB Treatment
Operation Done
Health Camps
Pre & Post natal Care
Dental Camp
Heath Awareness Programmes 1999-2000
Sanitation Drive
Activity No. of Participants
Healthy baby Show
AIDS Awareness
Counselled Adolescent Girls
Awareness on Unani Care
General Check ups
Awareness on Homeopathy
Awareness on Ayurvedic
Unani Camp
Counselled Couples for RCH and Family Planning
Homeopathy Camp
Ayurvedic Camp
ORS Packets Distributed
Awareness on Seasonal Diseases 1999-2000
We decided to identify and intervene in new localities for implementation of integrated urban/rural community development projects following the process of Planning Cum Micro Realisation (PCMR), which can be sustainable from the very beginning. To begin with PCMR is initiated between community and project organisers, on the one hand and later between community among themselves on the other hand.This dialogue and interaction could develop into action programmes in the area of social, economic, cultural, organisational and other relevant fields with possible community involvement, which again depend on factors such as local potential and feasibility.
AN URBAN SUCCESSAs a part of this strategy we intervened in 8 new slum locations of South Delhi this year. Among these 8 locations one is recently demolished by Delhi Govt. so at present we are working in seven locations. As described above the aim of these projects was to run community development and educational activities with little or no external support. 3 Deepalaya workers were given with this responsibility and they have achieved the impossible. Detailed PLA (participatory Learning & Appraisal) exercises were conducted to identify physical and human resources and specific needs for specific community. This also brought us closer to the community.

At present we have 3 units of pre schools, 6 units of non formal education, 8 units of remedial education and 1 unit for working girls. All these units are being run by Social Entrepreneurs (SEs) who hail from the community itself. These SEs are trained by Deepalaya so that they can mobilise resources in the form community contributions to run the centres and at the same time earn their livelihood. Deepalaya did the handholding with them, provided training and regular guidance. The centres are being monitored by selected group of mothers from the community and workers of Deepalaya. It is ensured now that these centres will function even if Deepalaya withdraws. Apart from these centres the community were able to form 5 groups for organising savings, health and other related activities for their own people. They mobilised resources to construct 2 centres for education for their children. For conducting any activity they are not only participating but also initiating positive actions, collecting contributions and monitoring developments.We certainly look forward to further achievements in this project and start similar projects in other areas of Delhi and Haryana.

EXPANSION IN OUR RURAL PROJECTLast year we were in 5 villages of Tauru Block, Mewat, Haryana. This year, according to our strategy of spiral expansion, we have taken up 40 villages of the same block for intervention to form self help groups (SHGs) and related activities. We intend to reach the poorest women in these villages and form SHGs with them, mobilise them and other villagers to take up issues related to education of children, improvement in government run schools, improvement of roads, capacity building from all aspects and availing government facilities for villagers. It has been difficult to reach the inaccessible scattered villages for our small team, but we are hopeful to bring in new vigour in the lives of the villagers.




Deepalaya Project Locations
South Delhi 
Gandhi Basti
Tagore Basti
Transit Camp
Gole Kuan
Sanjay Colony
Sanjay Colony, Y-Block
Sonia Camp
Manav Kalyan Vihar
V.P.Singh Camp
Karpoori Thakur Camp
Alaknanda J.J.Cluster
Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extn.
Deepalaya School, Sanjay Colony
Deepalaya School, Gole Kuan
Deepalaya School, Gandhi Basti
Deepalaya School, V.P Singh Colony
New Sanjay Camp
Indira Kalyan Vihar
Indira Camp
Muslim Camp, M.B.Road, Tughlakabad Area
Khori Camp, M.B.Road, Tughlakabad Area
Sansi Camp, Near Police Station, Badarpur
Sonia Gandhi Camp, Godown, Tuglakabad Rly Station
Ambedkar Camp, Ranbaxy, Phase – I, Okhla
Majdoor Kalyan Vihar Part – I, Phase – I, Okhla
New Sanjay Camp Part – I,
Nepali Camp, Near Majdoor Kalyan Vihar Part II
South Central
Kacchi Colony, Punchsheel Vihar
Jagdamba Slum Camp
Jeevan Jyoti Camp
Deepalaya School, Khirki Extention
Mazdoor Camp
Khirki Village
Swami Nagar Slum Camp
Banjara Slum Camp
Maharshi Dayanand Camp, Chanakyapuri.
East Delhi
Indira Camp
Rajiv Camp I
Rajiv Camp II
Ramanand Camp
Ravidas Camp
Sanjay Camp
West Delhi 
Sonia Gandhi Camp
Indira Camp
Kamla Nehru Camp
Amdekar Camp
Kabir Nagar
Kishore Nagar
Raghubir Nagar 25 Sq.yards
Raghubir Nagar Old F Jhuggies
Raghubir Nagar B-1 Jhuggies
Raghubir Nagar Transit Camp
Raghubir Nagar 12/5 Sq.yards
Raghubir Nagar New F Jhuggies
Raghubir Nagar R Block Jhuggies
Sector 15A, Transit Camp, Dwarka
Sector 16A Transit Camp, Dwarka
Nehru Camp
Chunna Bhatti
Jawahar Camp
North West Delhi
Gouri Shankar – cluster
Banana Godown – cluster
Krishna NagarU & V – Block
Indira Camp
BG-1 Block – cluster
AP Block – cluster
AO Block – cluster
AG Block – cluster
Shiv Park – BB Block cluster
BK Block – cluster
Gas Godown
Tavru Block, Haryana
Beri Nisfi
Mohd. Pur Ahir
Jalalpur Sohna
Bissar Akbarpur
Kota Khandewla


Sponsorship : Sponsorship programme caters to the educational requirements of children from slums with the support received from child sponsorship.
Today in terms of perpetual sponsorships we have 400 with 66 having been added this year. Annual sponsorship stands at 1216 with 285 new annual sponsorship having been received this year. Altogether 1616 current sponsors.
The division attempts at strengthening the link between the donor agency, sponsor parents and the children. The vital need is of retaining sponsors. In the past year retention has been almost 94% because of rigorous monitoring of the programme and effective communication between the children and sponsors.
The division has introduced new category of sponsorship targets like street children, girl children and disabled children and have also extended its reach to 3 more locations.
As in the past, the event of sponsor parents and sponsored children – “Maitreeshree” was organised.The significant achievement of this year was the formation of an association of ex Deepalaya children named “Deepalaya Alumni Association”. This is an attempt to help these children to have continued association with Deepalaya and opportunities for developing different career options.Sponsorship
(Including Funding Agency Sponsorships)

Year Male Female Total
98-99 1398 1372 2770
99-00 1635 1577 3212
World President Organisation (WPO)
World Presidents’ Organisation (WPO) organises a WPO University event every year. Here CEO’s of most of the leading multinational companies get together informally, accompanied by their spouses.
This year, the organisation assembled in Delhi in February. The organising committee for the event had members from FICCI – Ms. Krantipriya Mitra and Mr. P.D Gupta. 48 WPO members from all over the world visited Deepalaya for a live demonstration of the work in the field of integrated development for children residing in urban slums of Delhi .
The members visited Sanjay Colony School. Mr. T. K Mathew gave a presentation on activities and achievements of Deepalaya and answered their queries. They were amazed to see such a setup right at the doorstep of an urban slum. After the presentation they were subdivided into five groups. Each group, facilitated by a staff member from Deepalaya went around the school visiting the various units. The Special Needs Children won the most attention.
A strategic decision was taken to conduct training for internal and external cadres at HRC. Proper identification of training needs at all levels of Deepalaya was attempted. An internal and external training faculty is in place.
Social Entrepreneurs were trained on teaching methodology, record keeping and community organisation. A total of 11 days of training was given for all SEs, 112 persons of South Delhi and North West Delhi.
A total of 20 days of training programme was conducted for 64 Health Workers/Volunteers of both South Delhi and North West Delhi. In West Delhi 42 persons participated in a 5 day residential and 3 day non residential training programme conducted for youth, aspiring to become health consultants for their communities.
23 days of training programme was conducted for members of Community Based Organisations, and Mother’s Groups. In West Delhi 172 persons have participated in leadership training conducted for 16 days.
5 days of training programme was conducted for the members of Thrift and Credit groups of South Delhi in which 30 persons participated. The focus of this training programme was on record keeping and leadership qualities.
We have equipped our Human Resource Centre for conducting all training programmes for Deepalaya cadres, community leaders and personnel from other NGO’s. Already we have conducted 2 residential programmes and 10 non residential programmes at this centre.
The Human Resource support from A.T.Kerney facilitated the following:
Training Programmes
Health Workers Training 57
Leadership Training 220
Legal Right Training 21
Training on Small Business Development 260
SE’s Training 27
SHG Training 25


a) Streamlining of HR Department.
b) Introducing half yearly performance appraisal.
c) Developing an internal monitoring system with the following elements :
(i) Weekly report
(ii) Weekly review meetings
(iii) Periodical project review by Senior Management
(iv) Periodical on the spot project inspection by an internal team.
(v) Monthly meeting of middle and senior management to review programmes.
II Streamlining of HR systems.
III Creating friends of Deepalaya structure to enable public image and credibility, a parallel to the board.


11 members of Japanese School Teachers
A.K.N. Azizul Hague, Dhaka
Arun Seth, British Telecom
Alexius Kim, Finland
Andie et Colette Schaeffer, France
Anjali Kushwaha, CEMD
Annie Van De, Holland
Anurag Touor, Noida
Ayhan Gannie & Manish Badhwar
Ayn M. Carrillo, USA
Banerji British Telecom
Blackburn, USA
Blanca Molet Giron, Spain
Blanoa Faef , Spain
C.B.M. Joseph, Deputy Director, Ministry of Urben Development, Sri Lanka
Chris Tuppen, UK
D. Ajay Suri, Delhi
Dr. Dilbarg Singh, Municipal Commissioner, Bareilly
Eva Rootmensen, Netherland
Fleur Watson, London, England
Frans Hamer, ICCO Netherlands
G.D Kapoor, Delhi
Garry Griffith, British Telecom
Gay Fvedevic, AeA
Geetesh Jaiswal
Gloria Burrett, Delhi
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