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Support the care of abandoned newborn children


The doctors who give Madhavi a new lease of life

Madhavi was abandoned when she was just 2 weeks old in the cradle outside the gates of Palna.

She was immediately taken to the Medical Crisis unit for a preliminary examination. The examination revealed that she was small for gestational age. She weighed less than 3lb. She was dehydrated and lethargic. She was suffering from hypoglycemia - deficiency of glucose, hypocalcemia - deficiency of calcium, and a urinary tract infection with sepsis. The doctors and medical staff at Palna worked hard to save her.

As she improved, nasogastric feeding was started with IV fluid. In the following months she recovered fully and moved to an oral full feed.

As she got stronger she was immunized according to her age. A few months later Madhavi developed mild pneumonia. The doctors treated her and she made a full recovery.

Little Madhavi soon steadily gained weight. It was due to the hard work, care and nurturing of all the staff at Palna that Madhavi is today a normal growing baby.

Madhavi is now all ready to start her new life with a loving family who have decided to adopt her.

With a little support from you, children like Madhavi can be saved from ending up on the streets and be given a new life and new family.

You can help abandoned children with a home and a normal childhood. You can give them the hope of a family. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


By donating to this program

you will be sponsoring the overall costs incurred to support the beneficiaries

About The Program

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Program Description

Palna, which means "cradle" as well as "nurture" is a home for abandoned, homeless and destitute children. It is Delhi Council for Child Welfare's most well-known program.

Established in 1978, and located in Qudsia Bagh, Old Delhi, it is a haven of peace, security and stability for the children who come here.

One unit of donation to this program will cover the cost of the care of a child for a week in the Palna program.

A palna is placed just outside the gates to allow a child to be placed in it by anyone, without the need of identifying themselves. Most children come into the home this way. Children are also admitted into Palna through the police, hospitals, and clinics. Occasionally, families may come to the home to relinquish their child. As soon as a child is placed in the cradle, a siren is immediately activated, and a nurse comes to take the child in.

As soon as a child comes to Palna he or she is taken to an in-house medical crisis unit for a thorough medical check-up. Medical treatment is given to the child if required.

Infants often arrive in a precarious state of health - low birth weight, hypothermic, babies with trauma and congenital defects or mentally challenged. Survival is the immediate challenge for a newborn. A team of dedicated round-the-clock doctors, nurses and caregivers take care of the requirements of the children. A medical crisis unit with all the necessary equipment is available to handle emergencies among infants and newborns. Mortality in Palna today is negligible.

Palna has a team of qualified therapists, counsellors, caregivers and teachers who oversee the growth and development of each child.

With these dedicated efforts children in Palna no longer have delayed milestones.

Today, on an average, Palna looks after 60 - 75 children from newborns to 8 year olds.

Efforts are initiated to trace the family of the child. If it is established that the child is abandoned, Palna works to place the child in adoption. Over the last three decades, over 2,800 children have been adopted by loving families who were selected after rigorous screening and evaluation procedures.

The Palna center playground equipped with swings, slides and cycles for the older children, and pre-school classes are held for them.

The children's birthdays and popular festivals are celebrated. The children also go on picnics.

Palna has the atmosphere of a home. Along with medical care, proper nutrition, and education, the children are loved and there is much fun and laughter. Palna children are happy children!

When you donate to this program, you save abandoned children from a life on the streets and give them the happy life they deserve.

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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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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Sandhya Bhalla

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Delhi Council for Child Welfare has

provided quality care to 2192 children in OPDs of hospitals

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Renewals FY 19-20

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Program Updates

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2 June, 2022

A place called home


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

PALNA, our home for abandoned children, has been running throughout the pandemic. At any time, there are 65-70 children resident in PALNA. The daily routine now includes adherence to all covid protocols as a matter of course. We have taken steps to be even more prepared by procuring all equipment and materials recommended by our chief pediatric consultant, such as oxygen concentrators, child oximeters, etc. 17 children have joined their adoptive families in the last few months as adoption processes are back on track. However, quite a few of the children we have received in this period have been special needs children requiring additional care. We have ensured that every child gets the necessary medical care and nutrition that is needed. Pre-nursery classes have been held without interruption through this period.

Challenges faced and next steps

Keeping the children healthy and safe while also focusing on their overall development has been challenging in the current environment. No visitors are allowed, which has also meant that only critical building and infrastructure maintenance has been possible, and everything else has been put on hold.

Stories from the ground

Baby Disha was found abandoned near a toilet in a hospital in Delhi in 2020. She was a 3-4 day old infant in an open plastic bag near the garbage can. The baby was in the hospital for about three weeks. Since the police could not trace her family, baby Disha was brought to PALNA by the order issued by the Child Welfare Committee. Since the baby had come from the hospital, she had to be put in isolation for two weeks with a dedicated caregiver as a precautionary measure for the safety of all the PALNA children. Routine blood and other investigations at PALNA were all within normal limits. She was a low-birth baby, weighing in at 5 pounds when she arrived at PALNA. So she was put on oral milk feed and nutritional supplements. Soon Baby Disha was doing well on all fronts, gaining weight and developing typically. She was then cleared for adoption, and reasonably recently, Disha has become part of a loving family.

29 September, 2021

A home, not an institution


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

PALNA, our home for abandoned children has been running throughout. Keeping all the children safe during the pandemic has been the top priority, and no child has been infected in PALNA. At any time there are about 70 children resident in PALNA. A daily routine of sanitising, thermal temperature checks, staff wearing headscarf, mask, and apron, as well as overalls for quarantined children - and only then reporting to the rooms - is the new normal. During the second wave, we have taken steps to be even more prepared by getting all equipment and materials recommended by our chief paediatric consultant. When no public transport was available our caregivers and critical staff had to be picked up and dropped using our ambulance, the only vehicle permitted to run during the full lockdown phase.

Challenges faced and next steps

The COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions delayed both the adoption process - with courts being suspended - as well as the ability of parents who had completed all the formalities, to travel down to Delhi to take their children home. This resulted in children having to stay in PALNA till the courts reopened and cleared pending cases, and travel relaxations were made for special cases.

Stories from the ground

Riya was an unknown, abandoned, five-month-old infant when brought to PALNA by the police in March 2021. Her past medical history was unknown, but a preliminary examination showed that she had a fractured humerus (upper arm bone) and early pneumonitis, and low muscle tone. The baby’s shoulder was stabilised with a microtape bandage, and she was treated for pneumonitis by the PALNA medical staff. Since then the baby has received all scheduled immunizations. In the last 4 months baby, Riya has gained 2 kilos. She is in the nursery with the other infants. Riya is now an active and happy baby. Greets everyone with smiles. She is now sitting on her own and stands by holding on to her cot. Overall Riya is doing well and developing normally on all fronts.

23 March, 2021

Every child deserves a loving home


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The period starting from April 2020 has been challenging for every organisation and individual, and it has taken perseverance, effort and innovation to navigate through these times. Not unexpectedly, NGOs have found their funding deeply impacted, especially as institutional and corporate funding has come to virtual standstill. However expenses are rising, and existence itself becomes a challenge.
Life in PALNA changed drastically with the new COVID-19 guidelines for keeping our little ones safe. Our daily routine of regular sanitising, thermal temperature checks, staff to shower and change into their uniforms, with head scarf, mask, and apron, overalls for quarantine children - and only then report to the rooms, is the new normal. Children have also been taught to wash their hands frequently, as well as ensure distance between each other as far as possible. Meals and playtime have been suitably modified to accommodate the necesasry protocols. The older children wear masks as necessary. All the children have been safe from infection to date.

The COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions since end-March delayed both the adoption process - with courts being suspended - as well as the ability of parents who had completed all the formalities, to travel down to Delhi to take their children home. This resulted in children having to stay in homes / institutions through the last six months. This situation has now changed with courts reopening and cases being cleared, and with the travel relaxations for special cases, families are now arriving and taking their children home.

The children’s lives in PALNA, however, went on as usual with attending staff taking on new roles as and when the situation demanded. Everyone did whatever was needed to fill the gaps, whether it was teaching, getting the children to exercise, or working hands-on with special needs children. Doctors, nurses are care-givers have been in attendance as usual. Through the initial lockdown, arrangements were made to pick up and drop the caregivers from their homes. The true spirit of PALNA has been on display everyday as everything goes on as usual, and everyone learns whatever is needed to see that there is no interruption.

5 July, 2020

Children living a full life at PALNA


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Children living a full life at PALNA

PALNA is our home for lost, abandoned or homeless children. They are cared for in a home-like environment, and all efforts are made to place them in adoption with a suitable family. One of our most recent cases is Baby Aruhi who came to PALNA through the cradle as a newborn with health complications. After over 18 months of care and treatment, she became a healthy child and just joined her adoptive family. There are typically about 60-75 children at any given point of time. Every aspect of a child’s development is taken care of at PALNA, be it medical / health, emotional, social or academic, to ensure each one reaches his or her potential. This remains our most cost-intensive programme and we continue to require funding to keep it running as a best-in-class home.

19 November, 2019

The happiness in togetherness


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The happiness in togetherness

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

PALNA is probably Delhi’s most well-known home for abandoned children. It was established in 1978. Children typically arrive at Palna either through the cradle (palna means cradle and nurture) at our gate or are brought to us by the police, often in a precarious state of health. Donations to sponsor the care of a child at Palna are used to support one of our children. Alongside caring for, rehabilitating, and educating the child, we try and place each child in adoption in a suitable family after a very thorough vetting process. Today there are thousands of happy, successful, Palna children all over the world, making their mark in society.

Story from the field

Keshav was an unknown, abandoned, absolutely new-born infant when he was received at Palna through the cradle at our gate in July 2018. He was immediately taken to our Medical Crisis Unit where a preliminary examination showed that the baby was lethargic and his extremities were blue in colour. The baby was resuscitated by the Palna medical staff under the supervision of the chief paediatrician. However as his recovery was not satisfactory, the baby was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi, where he remained under critical care for two weeks.

After being discharged the baby continued to be under the constant care and monitoring of the Palna medical staff and care-givers. The baby made progress, but it took a few months till the Palna soctors found him to be fully recovered and not needing any specific medical care. By the end of 2018 baby Keshav was doing very well overall, and was a happy little baby.

Little Keshav was then listed for adoption on the national adoption system. Soon he was chosen by a family for adoption, and the formalities for the adoption were started. We are delighted that in March 2018 the adoption process was completed and little Keshav has now joined his loving family!

(We cannot provide photos of Palna children)

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?75
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date75
Village/City/State where project is locatedDelhi
Total Budget for the project for FY18-198500000
Total Expenses for the project YTD8200000