Shankar overcomes the trauma of an alcoholic father to become a class topper!
Shankar, an 8 year old boy lives in Gusbethi, a remote village about 2 hours from Gurgaon. He lost his mother at a young age. His father turned to alcohol and soon became addicted to it. This led to a very difficult and disturbing environment at his home. This was no place for a young child to grow up. Shankar started going through severe trauma and soon dropped out of school.
During this time a nonprofit that was working in his village came to notice Shankar. Noticing that he needed to be removed from this environment, they referred him to Deepalaya.
Deepalaya team then visited his house and understood that he had no support. He was then enrolled into their transit home. He was given emotional support to cope with his grief.
The home provides him with a safe shelter, clothing, quality food and healthcare. This helped him bloom into a happy child.
They channelized his energy by enrolling him at Deepalaya School, which is in the same campus as the home. He took to studies like a fish to water and has been consistently scoring good marks. He was encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities like singing, drawing, dancing, and theatre.
Shankar scored 86% in Class III. He tops the class in English. He is good at art and dance. Shankar has become a mentally and physically strong child. There has also been a remarkable improvement in his behavior. He is a polite and friendly boy now. He is very careful about his personal hygiene.
Shankar now has the childhood that he lost. He loves school and wants to grow up to be a teacher!
Your help can transform the lives of many more children like Shankar. You can donate so that children from traumatic backgrounds can find a safe shelter and grow into confident adults. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.
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you will be sponsoring the overall costs incurred to support the beneficiaries
What the beneficiary gets
Deepalaya in Gusbethi is a shelter home as well as school that works with children from disturbed backgrounds.
One unit of donation to this program will will fund a day's meal for 80-85 children at this children home in Gusbethi, Haryana.
The transit home is not just a safe place for the children. The children get nutritious food, healthcare and education. They go through holistic development to grow into confident adults.
The children in the shelter home get the meals everyday. The capacity of the home is about 65-85 children.
The routine menu includes poha, sprouts, puri sabji, noodles, halwa, bread and eggs for breakfast and dal, rice, vegetables and raita for lunch and dinner. Special meal consists of all these with a sweet and a non vegetarian dish. The children receive individual attention and advised about hygienic living and healthy food habits.
They receive schooling at the Deepalaya School at the campus. In addition to the academic training they are given opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities.
The children also get 2 pairs of clothes from the school. There are inhouse first aid facilities. The home has partnered with hospitals for healthcare of the children. Regular dental check ups as well as monitoring of height, weight, haemoglobin and general health is done by a team from AIIMS.
With regular care and nurturing, these children who hail from disturbed backgrounds become mentally and physically strong.
When you donate to this program, you will help children from traumatic backgrounds with the nourishment that is very important for their growth and development.
29 September, 2021
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Deeplaya runs a Children’s Home at Village Gusbethi, Haryana, where children from disadvantaged families, broken families, dysfunctional families stay with us. Deepalaya takes care of their immediate needs and developmental requirements, including good quality and nutritious food, shelter, clothing, education, psycho-social, health and hygiene requirements. The project has taken care of the food and nutritional needs of the children staying at Deepalaya Children’s home to take care of their physical and mental well-being.During the lockdown, 14 children got infected with Covid-19. The team took extra care of the kids, arranged separate food items, took care of their sanitization and health requirements, make arrangements for oxygen cylinders. Finally, the children recovered and were declared covid-negative in a few days. Deepalaya has been conducting virtual classes for the children during this period and engaged them in many extra-curricular activities. This year, in March, our DCH team won the District-level Inter Child Care Institutions Cricket Tournament against 11 other institutions. Rakesh and Arun from DCH won prizes for the Yoga demonstration competition conducted during the State level Summer Camp for Child Care Institutions. This competition was conducted virtually and child care institutions from all over the state participated in the competition. We provide special lunch or Dinner at every Indian festival and national day. In the last six months, we had special meals on Holi, Easter, Independence Day, Eid, International Yoga Day, Bakrid, Onam and Rakshabandhan. We provide non-vegetarian food to our children on Sundays. Quality food is helping our children to stay healthy in mind and body. It provides them with the nutrition and strength to study well and stay active. Many students who were physically weak and inactive are now participating in sports, yoga and other physical activities.
Challenges faced and next steps
Deepalaya has always kept a buffer stock of food items in the home. As such, Covid-19 did not affect our food initiative. However, 14 of our children contracted Covid-19, which certainly made it difficult to run the home smoothly.The children were isolated, provided medical assistance and nutritious food. Our staff risked their health and took care of the affected children. We continue to follow Covid protocols and regularly sanitize and maintain hygiene in the house and our kitchen. Our goal for the next 6 months is to provide quality food to our children so that they have enough immunity to fight against Covid 19 or any other infection. Along with good food, we also focus on their physical activities and ensure that with good food they get better at sports and other physical activities. We are currently training our students for the upcoming Sports event called ‘Hausla’ organized by the Haryana State Board of Child Care Institutions. Our students will be participating at the district level and if they win they will go on to participate at the state and the national level too.
Stories from the ground
When you see a weak, inactive boy turning into a star bowler of our Cricket Team over the years it is certainly gratifying. 14-year-old Shivam joined Deepalaya Children’s Home in 2014. Coming from a dysfunctional family, he was weak physically and emotionally. He lost his mother very early in his childhood and his father who is an alcoholic was not a good father to him. After joining DCH, Shivam finally could have three meals a day and a peaceful home to study, play and grow. Though he was distant initially when other inmates played games, gradually he also started to play with them. Now he had the strength and stamina to play because he was well-nourished and fed at our home. Cricket was his favourite sport and he also plays football. He was selected in our Cricket team for tournaments with other Child Care institutions. He was a member of the team which won the Inter CCI District level Cricket tournament in March. As a bowler, his contribution to the team’s win is commendable. Good food is not just for the body it also illuminates the mind. Children like Shivam need to be well-nourished to break out of their shells and shine brighter.
23 March, 2021
Deepalaya Children's home
Deepalaya Institutional Care Program is now known as Deepalaya Children’s Home after its registration under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000. The program was started in the year 2000 with an aim to provide a safe and familial environment to children at risk. The students residing in the home have been identified by Deepalaya and also referred by the local Child welfare committee. These children come from disadvantaged families, orphan children, single-parent children, negative children of HIV positive parents, and broken families.
The project takes cares of all needs of children from food to clothes to shelter to education and their holistic development. We have adequate staff to take care of the counselling, social and emotional needs of children as well.
Despite Covid, the project fulfilled the needs of all children staying with us. They were given masks to keep themselves protected. After the lockdown was lifted, a few children, who had their parents, were sent there like every year after taking all kinds of precautions. The children were given online education. The students, who stayed with us, complied with the rules of the home. They were given inhouse education with the help of teachers from Deepalaya School, Gusbethi and also through virtual platforms with the help of volunteers. Various activities were conducted in collaboration with Child Welfare Committee, Childline and other state-level authorities. Quarterly health check-ups were also conducted. The home was sanitised frequently with the help of state agencies and also corporates like Amway India. The following activities were conducted during this period
- 14th April --Ambedkar Jayanti
- 14th June to 21 June -Indoor games competition
- 3rd August -- Raksha Bandhan celebration
- 15th August -- Independence Day celebration
- 2nd October -Gandhi Jayant
- 25th October --- Dussehra celebration
- 14th Nov -- Diwali celebration and childrens’ day celebration
- 10th December- Human Rights Day
5 July, 2020
Foster love Foster care
Foster love Foster care
Deepalaya Institutional Care Program is now known as Deepalaya Children’s Home after the registration under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000. This program started in the year 2000 with an emphasis on providing children at risk a safe and familial environment. The program today has 68 children (44 boys and 14 girls as on 20th March 2020). The children are from varying backgrounds - rescued off the streets and public places like railway stations, negative children of HIV positive parents, children of drug addicts and commercial sex workers, children from broken homes and dysfunctional families and domestic violence cases referred by District Child Welfare Committee. The Program functions from the village Gusbethi, Tauru Block, Mewat District, Haryana.
With the support of Give India Deepalaya provides the children a family like nurturing and caring environment, which restores their right to receive adequate health care, opportunities for education and skill training and protection/security and enables them to head towards a secure and self-reliant future by adopting a child friendly approach in the best interest of children.
During the last quarter children celebrated different festivals and conducted different activities.
Deepalaya conducted an event for celebrating new year for the children. In the event we served them with special meal & distributed gifts to all children in the home.
On 26th Jan 2020, we celebrated Republic Day in Deepalaya children’s Home. During the occasion we organized different activities and games for the children and the staff. Special meal was also provided to the children.
Every month we organize painting competition in the children home as per the discussion & advice by the children committee. These are not only recreational activities but act as a platform for expression of new ideas and how they see the world from their eyes.
On 14th of Feb 2020, we celebrated Nation girl child day. On the same day five children went to Panchkula, Haryana for participating in the State level competition organized by the Department of Women and Child, Haryana Government.
Every year children of Home celebrate Holi Festival together. In the festival all the children do lots of activities like Dance, Singing Song, Drama, Social gathering etc
We are grateful to Give India for the relentless support to the children at Deepalaya Chldren’s Home through sponsorship
3 December, 2019
Children enjoying nutritious meals
Children enjoying nutritious meals
22 July, 2019
Deepalaya Children’s home registered under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000. This program started in the year 2000 with an emphasis on providing children at risk a safe and family environment filled with love, protection, education, food, shelter, clothing, rehabilitation and support to children for higher education so that they become good citizens and lead a dignified life. The program started with 19 children in the year 2000 and from that time onwards about 300 children have passed out from our home and at present we have 69 children (47 boys and 22 girls as on 31th March 2019). The children are from varying backgrounds - rescued off the streets and public places like railway stations, negative children of HIV positive parents, children of drug addicts and commercial sex workers, children from broken homes and domestic violence cases referred by District Child Welfare Committee. The Program functions from the village Gusbethi, Tauru Block, Mewat District, Haryana
Story from the field
Mohan was a missing child. He was roaming there in New Delhi Railway Station. A social worker of Deepalaya met him at railway station and asked about him. He was not known as he was a small child. Social worker told him that we provide food, accommodation and education. Then Mohan agreed and joined DCH in the year of 2005 and has worked hard from that time. He took admission at Deepalaya School, Gusbethi . Initially he was not able to cope up with the atmosphere of children’s home. With proper counseling he improved a lot. He likes to go to school and mingles with other children. He studied lessons very carefully. He is friendly and well mannered child. Gradually he is one of the best students in the school with scoring good marks in all subjects. Teachers and staff at Deepalya motivate him to work hard . He completed his class 10th with first division. He is fond of painting. He is an excellent painter and has achieved many accolades for the same. He is also a good football player and has played in many decisive matches. Mohan is now doing Diploma in Mechanical engineering from Govt. college of Manesar. This was possible only with the support of Deepalaya in his life. He is very much grateful to Deepalaya and the sponsors from Give India who helped him.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||100|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||70|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Sahsola Patti, Block Tavru Distt. Mewat, Haryana|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||6245482|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||4839577|