Support the rehabilitation of a special needs child by Delhi Council for Child Welfare

Support the rehabilitation of a special needs child

Impact

Tajamul continues to grow despite his disabilities

Tajamul Shah is a disabled child from a poor family. His parents are rag pickers who earn Rs. 300 a month. That is all they have to support a family of four.

They live in a hut with no facilities and could not even provide Tajamul with basic growth and hygiene needs. They were not aware of how they could treat his physical and mental illnesses and had no money to change his fate.

Tajamul was brought to a Bal Chetna Outreach center when he was two years old. He could not walk or stand as his limbs were weak. He also had a problem with his right hand and could not speak well.

He went through a complete assessment after which the special needs staff treated him for rickets and anemia. Then they began his physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and special education. The center also provided him with one nutritious meal and supplements suggested by our doctors to improve his immunity.

Three and a half years later, Tajamul can stand, walk and even run! He can speak and take part in group activities for up to ten minutes. He can control his hand movements well enough to connect dots and colour pictures.

These improvements have helped Tajamul live a better life. The amazing changes he has shown over the years has also made a positive impact on his parents.

You can change the lives of children like Tajamul by contributing towards their therapy, medicine and nutrition. You can give with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED. A contribution from you can help more differently abled children like Tajamul get the care that they should.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Therapy
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Healthcare
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Program Description

Bal Chetna Outreach day-care and rehabilitation facility for mentally challenged children from poor families was established in 2002 to cater to the mentally challenged children. Surveys indicated that children with mental disabilities were not getting proper attention.

Bal Chetna Outreach has 4 centers and each center serves around 30 children. By providing specialized care, Bal Chetna facilitates the stimulation and development of special needs children, with the objective of making each child as self-reliant, competent and communicative as possible. Services include Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, Special Education, Speech Therapy, Psychological Evaluation, Vocational Training, Midday meal, Supplementary Nutrition, and Counselling for parents.

The multi-specialty team at Bal Chetna constantly improvise teaching aids and techniques to provide a variety of stimuli to the children. Bal Chetna children now participate in sports, act in plays, dance, and sing. Around 20 children from have been integrated into mainstream schools and in vocational training courses.

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About The NGO

Delhi Council for Child Welfare
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Delhi Council for Child Welfare

Delhi Council for Child Welfare started its work to provide care to the displaced, lost or abandoned children in the riots surrounding the Partition of India. It is an NGO that now provides services to the underprivileged children of Delhi and the neighboring regions to promote their health, development, economic and social wellbeing.

The most well-known programme of DCCW is Palna, home for the abandoned, homeless and destitute children. At Palna, infants arrive in a precarious state of health and the best possible medical care is given to them. It is a home to those children whose parents relinquish them or surrendered to them by the Police. DCCW works towards creating awareness on matters of basic health and hygiene, nutrition, pre-natal and post-natal maternal and childcare to the women in rural areas and urban slums. They also conduct programmes aimed at the education of children from underprivileged families.

The Orthopaedic Centre set by DCCW provides a complete range of rehabilitation services to physically disabled children, especially those affected by polio. More than 9,000 surgeries have been performed up to date and 25000 children have been fitted with polio aids. Their mission is to give every child the childhood they deserve.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Sandhya Bhalla

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Mentally challenged | children

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Delhi

Delhi Council for Child Welfare has

provided quality care to 2192 children in OPDs of hospitals

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

reporting
Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Verification Report 2

Program Updates

Program Updates

29 September, 2021

Every child deserves proper care

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Since the coronavirus pandemic started, the programme has been limited to residential children at our home PALNA, as other children cannot come to our centres as of now as per government guidelines. About 25 special needs resident children ranging in age from newborn to fourteen years of age are cared for in every respect at PALNA, including individualised therapies and interventions. Apart from the medical staff and caregivers, physiotherapists, special educators and speech therapists and occupational therapists work with the children based on each child’s individual needs. It is ensured that each child is as comfortable as possible, and receives all the care that he or she needs.

Keeping the children safe during the pandemic has been a top focus area. Any child who is hospitalised is quarantined on return to PALNA and then has to have dedicated caregivers during that period, for the protection of all the other children. This requires increased resources at a time when many regular donors, corporate or individual, have not been in a position to assist as they normally do. Also, though the number of children received at PALNA has not seen a significant change, the proportion of special needs children has been higher throughout the last year.

Impact story: Garima arrived at PALNA through the cradle at our gate in March 2021. She was just about a year old infant. She was in a dehydrated, lethargic state and a preliminary examination at our Medical Crisis Unit revealed that she had spastic cerebral palsy with microcephaly and globally delayed milestones. Since she had difficulty swallowing, she was put on nasogastric feeding. A consultation at Lok Nayak hospital additionally recommended antiepileptic drugs. The baby is also being given physiotherapy to enable stretching of muscles and unsupported sitting, as well as chest physiotherapy. If she cries, she stops immediately from hearing the voices of other children or caregivers. Baby Garima is under special care at PALNA, stable on a liquid and light soft diet and nutritional supplements and being given regular nebulization. She has shown good weight gain and is stable.

23 March, 2021

Enabling special needs children achieve their potential

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The period starting from April 2020 has been challenging for every organisation and individual, and it is has taken perseverance and effort to navigate through these times, while trying to run whichever programs and services that it is feasible to do in the circumstances.

Since the special needs children belonging to underprivileged families living in the slum and resettlement areas - whom we have been offering day-care and rehabilitation for many years - cannot attend our centres in accordance with the mandate of the Delhi government, we are currently restricting this program to special needs children resident at our home. Given that during the pandemic, the proportion of special needs children that are being received at our home, has significantly increased, their care and rehabilitation has been a major focus. Their therapists have been coming to work through the lockdowns, to ensure that the children receive these critical therapies, as discontinuity tends to make the children lose much of the progress they have made.

Among these children is little Madhavi, who is a bright little three-year old, with congenital cerebral palsy. With regular and individualised rehabilitation therapies and special education over the last two years, she is now stable and doesn’t fall ill as she used to. She can sit unsupported and can take a few steps on the parallel bar. She knows the names of everyday objects and her fine motor activities have improved. She is a social little girl and knows the names of the other children, ,and greets everyone with a smile. Another child is 5-year old Neeta, with hydrocephalus, who has been at our home for the last two years. She too has shown great improvement and loves playing with building blocks, and with the other children. For each child there is an individualised development plan, including their nutrition, which is regularly evaluated, and changed as needed depending on .the child’s progress. The aim is to have each child achieve his or her potential

5 July, 2020

Complete care for the special needs child

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Complete care for the special needs child

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Our three day-care and rehab facilities for special needs children from economically backward families is part of our Bal Chetna programme. Parents are also required to attend the day care programme once a week by rotation to help with the sessions and more importantly, to learn the routine so that they can follow it at home. The multi-specialty team at Bal Chetna is constantly improvising upon teaching aids and techniques to provide a variety of stimuli to the children. Bal Chetna children now participate in sports meets and make handcraft items things like paper bags, candles and vases, which all help in improving their limb coordination. They also act in in plays, dance and sing.

19 November, 2019

The happiness amidst hardships

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The happiness amidst hardships

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22 July, 2019

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Program Update

Bal Chetna, our day-care facility for special needs children from economically backward families operates at 3 outreach centres in slums and resettlement colonies across Delhi. By providing individualised and specialised care, Bal Chetna facilitates the stimulation and development of special needs children, with the objective of making each child as self-reliant, competent and communicative as is possible. The children are also given a nutritious meal every day. There are regular medical check-ups by our doctors and special supplements as recommended by the doctor are given, as also any other treatment that a child may need. The progress of every child is tracked and monitored meticulously.

Story from the field

NAVNIT Navnit is an 8-year old special needs child who joined our Bal Chetna Outreach Centre in October 2014. He belongs to an underprivileged family - his father works in a private factory and his mother is a homemaker. He has two elder sisters. He stays with his family in a small rented house.

At the time of joining, he was diagnosed with spastic diplegia and was unable to stand, had poor sitting balance, and was totally dependent on his mother for everything, including all activities of daily living.

With the multi-faceted physiotherapy and special education and nutrition that he receives at the centre, in just three months Navnit started sitting with minimal hand support and could perform hand-manipulation activities like pegboards, reaching for toys etc. Showing steady progress with the therapies he has been receiving, Navnit is now able to stand independently for several minutes without support and is able to walk with single hand support in parallel bar. He is performing well in both verbal and written functional academics, knows currency notes, safe touch, common things around us, practices social gestures and etiquette on his own initiative.

The difference in Navnit from the time he joined the centre to the present is enormous, much to his parent's' delight!

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 105
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 100
Village/City/State where project is located Delhi
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 4700000
Total Expenses for the project YTD 4600000

23 May, 2019

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Program Update

Bal Chetna, our day-care facility for children with special-needs from economically backward families operates at 3 outreach centres in slums and resettlement colonies across Delhi by providing individualised and specialised care. Bal Chetna facilitates the stimulation and development of these children with the objective of making each child self-reliant, competent and communicative as much as possible. The children are also given a nutritious meal every day. There are regular medical check-ups by our doctors. The progress of every child is tracked and monitored meticulously.

Story from the field

Ananya is a 9-year old child with special needs who joined our Bal Chetna Outreach Centre at Sultanpuri in August 2016. She lost both her parents and now lives with her maternal aunt and her two children, in a small rented accommodation. Her aunt is the only earning member of the family and supports the family on an income of about Rs 8000/- per month. At the time of joining our centre, Ananya was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy had poor speech, difficulty in standing and poor learning ability. She could communicate her basic needs through distorted speech. At the centre she has been undergoing multi-faceted physiotherapy, speech therapy, special education and behavioural counselling, and also getting good nutrition with necessary supplements. Ananya underwent surgical correction of lower limbs at our Orthopaedic centre followed by several sessions of physiotherapy, Now she is undergoing post-operative physiotherapy management at the Sultanpuri Bal Chetna centre itself. Ananya has been slowly but steadily showing improvement. Her socialization has improved and she now takes interest in class activities, and she has started maintaining basic oral hygiene. She is learning to brush her teeth. Her standing and short distance walking pattern, as well as speech articulation has distinctly improved. In academics she has started free hand scribbling with crayons. She is continuously doing much better on all fronts and is a happy child at the centre.

What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 100
Village/City/State where project is located Delhi
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 Rs 47 lakhs
Total Expenses for the project YTD Rs 27 lakhs