Support the critical Medical care of abandoned infants by Delhi Council for Child Welfare

Support the critical Medical care of abandoned infants


Samira fights death and finds a new home

Samira was abandoned as a newborn in the cradle outside the gates of Palna.

She was severely underweight and with multiple medical complications including Craniosynostosis, a condition that changed the growth pattern of the skull. This is a life threatening condition

The doctors were in a dilemma about how to save the child. The afflictions were both diverse and critical. It was a challenge to balance the distinctive treatments in such a young baby. Their first focus was to stabilize her.

Samira stabilized after a lot of effort by the doctors, but wasn't making milestones. After intensive therapeutic interventions, she showed response after a few months.

The doctors and therapists worked with her for two years for her to reach her milestones. When she reached two years of age her fine motor abilities finally got close to her peers.

It was a miracle to watch her do basic things like stack rings on a peg, turn pages and pick rice grains with a tip to tip grasp!

The thrill on her little face as she conquered these challenges was the greatest gratification for her caregivers. With speech stimulation Samira also began to start speaking.

Samira's life changed when a family adopted her after knowing all details of her journey.

You can be the reason for a miracle like Samira's journey.

You can help in saving the lives of critically ill abandoned children. You can give them the chance of live and 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.

Donation to this program will cover the cost of the critical medical care and medicines for an infant abandoned at Palna.

A palna (Cradle) 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 help in saving lives of critically ill abandoned children and give them the 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

Program Updates

2 June, 2022

Help Give Life to Abandoned Children


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Many children arrive at PALNA needing immediate medical care. Children who arrive with congenital issues need medical treatment during their stay in PALNA, and several are there for many years. All essential hospitalisations were followed by quarantining at PALNA. We are now scheduling necessary surgeries that could not be performed earlier due to the pandemic. Quite a few of the children we have received in this period have been special needs children. One is a newborn girl who has issues with all four limbs and is under consultation and treatment of specialists. One of our special needs children has been additionally diagnosed with cancer and is under intensive treatment. At any given time we have around 6-8 children who require oxygen frequently. We have recently added two oxygen concentrators to our infrastructure to facilitate this.

Challenges faced and next steps

After some issues faced in sourcing oxygen during the second wave of the pandemic in Delhi, we have since procured oxygen concentrators to augment our supply of oxygen cylinders. Following all covid protocols for the children, especially the ill children, has been a challenge. In the last six months, we have received some children in dire health, which have required hospitalisations and extended treatments, which are more difficult to handle during the pandemic as visits to hospitals leave children more vulnerable to getting infected.

Stories from the ground

Sanya was an unknown abandoned child, clinically around 7-8 weeks old, female baby, brought to PALNA by the police two years ago. She had a history of being treated for sepsis at a government hospital before she was brought to PALNA. The baby was found to have frequent spells of breath-holding and was referred to the paediatric neurology department at AIIMS, for further evaluation and management. She was put on oral anticonvulsive drugs for a seizure disorder, and occupational therapy and physiotherapy was started. At present, she is under regular follow up care at AIIMS Hospital and stable under medication, physiotherapy and proper nutrition.

29 September, 2021

Medical care of ill abandoned children


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Typically many children arrive at PALNA needing immediate medical care. Children who arrive with congenital issues need medical treatment during their stay in PALNA, and several are there for many years. On top of that, we had to deal with the pandemic and keeping the children safe given that environment, while dealing with financial crunches also brought on by the pandemic. Overall all these challenges were met successfully these last several months. Around 20 children have needed critical medical care in 2021 to date. Our Resident Medical Officer took almost no breaks at all and was available for the care of all the ill children throughout. All essential hospitalisations were followed by quarantining at PALNA.

Challenges faced and next steps

During the pandemic surge, we did have some issues in getting oxygen, but finally, we could procure it, before the shortage actually impacted the ill children. We have since also procured oxygen concentrators. Following all covid protocols for the children has meant stretching of resources, both in terms of manpower and expenses.

Stories from the ground

Impact story from the ground:Chhavi was an unknown, abandoned, 3-week-old newborn premature infant when she came to PALNA through the cradle at our gate in January 2021. She was immediately taken to our Medical Crisis unit where a preliminary examination was sufficient to indicate that she was a very sick baby. She was underweight, weighing just 4lb, anaemic, and with insufficient protein in her body, as well as right-sided pneumonia with sepsis. The baby was treated for these conditions under the guidance of our chief paediatric consultant and gradually improved. In April-May, the baby again suffered from long-standing bronchiolitis and was treated with IV antibiotics, antihistamines, nebulization, and oxygen inhalation support. She is also being given physiotherapy to improve muscle tone. Since June baby Chhavi is stable, though still under some medication and careful monitoring.

23 March, 2021

Each little life is precious


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Since April 2020, there has been a significant increase in the proportion of ill infants and those with special needs that have been received at PALNA, our home for lost and abandoned children. One such baby, born to a Hepatitis B+ mother, arrived at PALNA as a 2-day old infant, in a lethargic and dehydrated condition. He was found to additionally have hypocalcemia, physiological jaundice with gastroenteritis, and respiratory tract infection. He was treated at the PALNA Medical Crisis Unit, and is currently stable, and gaining weight.
Alongside the increase in ill children arriving at PALNA, are the existing children who need medical care. The residential medical staff is available round-the-clock to take care of the children, and we have a well-equipped Medical Crisis Unit for emergencies and intensive care. Only children who cannot be managed within the facilities available at PALNA are hospitalised.
Currently if a child is hospitalised, the child as well a caregiver have to be quarantined once back in PALNA, as a protection for the other children, putting a further strain on available resources. Jatin, a special needs child, had to be taken to AIIMS Emergency and hospitalised there due to a health crisis. Another child had to be hospitalised for over two weeks, and then had be in quarantine on his return to PALNA. These are just two of several more such cases. So our costs incurred on medicines and medical care has gone up significantly. But despite the difficult environment, PALNA children continue to receive the best treatment and care.

5 July, 2020

Critical care of ill children at PALNA


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Critical care of ill children at PALNA

Children often arrive at PALNA in a precarious state of health – low birth weight / hypothermic babies, children with trauma and congenital defects or mentally challenged. Survival is the first challenge and priority. We have a team of dedicated round-the-clock doctors, nurses and care-givers, and our medical crisis unit has all the necessary equipment to handle emergencies among infants and new-borns. Mortality in PALNA today is negligible. Our aim remains to bring each child to a stable condition of health and well-being, and then try and find a suitable family to adopt the child. Manisha, who came to PALNA in 2018 as a through the cradle as a 3month old infant with a congenital deformity, pneumonia and gastroenteritis, has been rehabilitated under the care of our doctors and has recently been adopted by a European family!

19 November, 2019

Appropriate care and support being provided


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Appropriate care and support being provided

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

PALNA, established in 1978, is probably Delhi’s most well-known home for abandoned children. 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 these children arrive in a precarious state of health and our first priority becomes their physical health and well-being. We have a fully equipped Medical Crisis Unit on the premises and round-the-clock medical staff to deal with these situations. Donations to save the lives of critically ill children are used for the treatment and care of these children. Once the child is fully recovered, we try and place them in adoption.

Story from the field

Aviral was an unknown, abandoned, infant boy, clinically around 10 days old, when received at PALNA through the cradle at our gate in May 2018. He was immediately taken to our Medical Crisis Unit where an examination by our doctors showed that the baby was a full-term but low birth weight baby, had physiological jaundice and was dehydrated. The baby developed gastroenteritis with Ecoli soon after arrival, for which he was treated with IV fluid and antibiotic and phototherapy at PALNA, and the baby made a full recovery.

Over the next couple of months the baby got mild attacks of respiratory tract infections, and while treating the baby for those detailed investigations were carried out followed by consultations with a cardiologist at AIIMS, Delhi. These revealed that Aviral had a congenital heart defect, which would need to be addressed when he was older.

Aviral has thrived under the care of the Palna care-givers and medical staff. He is a very active, bright and happy baby. He ahs remained under the overall supervision of the Palna doctors.

Very recently, a family in the US has adopted Aviral, fully aware of his issues, as they are sure they can get him the treatment he needs at a later date to ensure a healthy and happy future for him.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?35
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date35
Village/City/State where project is locatedDelhi
Total Budget for the project for FY18-196500000
Total Expenses for the project YTD7000000