Deepalaya carried one such program during 1990s with an aim to rehabilitate street children working near New Delhi Railway Station, Azadpur Vegetable Market, Sarai Kale Khan and Inter State Bus Terminus, Commercial Centers like Connaught Place, Nehru Place, etc. Around 100 children were identified in Banana Godown near Azadpur wholesale vegetable market, West Delhi. They were rescued and brought to the Deepalaya Centre which was initially located at Delhi.
Moved by the plight of such children, Deepalaya started its Institutional Care programme at Deepalaya Gram, Gusbethi (7kms from Sohna) for bringing a long lasting change in the year 2000.
From a small number of 19 children in the year 2000 when the project was set up, the strength has grown to accommodate around a hundred children. At present there are 25 girls and 45 boys (70), residing in separate hostels.
The programme is run by Deepalaya Gram and seeks to provide shelter, care, homely atmosphere and a dignified life to children from difficult circumstances like street and run-away children, victims of child abuse, children of lifetime convicts, children of HIV/ AIDS positive parents, children of sex workers, and other vulnerable categories. The Children’s Home is a Registered Children Home under the Juvenile Justice Act 2000.
Apart from providing food, shelter and clothing, the children’s home provide the following facilities –
Individual care for each child through House Fathers and House Mothers
Regular health checkups
A vast playing ground for overall personality development of children
Counseling sessions to give a new direction to their lives
Healthy living classes that include yoga and meditation.
Provision of education, vocational and skill training for helping them earn a living for themselves.
The project also takes care of their special needs like anger management issues, problems relating to personality disorders and other problems. The Vocational Training program helps the children to equip themselves with marketable skills to secure dignified jobs after reaching adulthood.