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Project HELP Delhi, Journey 1 year


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Lakshya Aakriti Foundation (LAF) are excited to present brief of 1 year journey of Project H.E.L.P - a joint initiative with Forget Me Not in aid of twenty three extremely vulnerable children residing in Kalyanpuri Slum, New Delhi.
Families have been living in appalling conditions for over sixty years in this slum. With support of FMN we aim to free this community from the hardship and suffering that has spanned three generations through the following outreach project. The focus of Project H.E.L.P is health, education, livelihood and possibilities, with the
empowerment of the women in this community also an important part of the strategy in a bid to find sustainable solutions to the serious problems faced by these families.
Health - Stage 1
Education - Stage 2
Livelihood - Stage 3
Possibilities - Endless

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Project HELP Delhi, Journey 1 year

  1. 1. PROJECTH.E.L.P 2013-2014 JOURNEY-1YEAR
  2. 2. Project H.E.L.P officially started in March 2013.
  3. 3. Here is the story in brief!
  4. 4. Hundreds of families have been living in most appalling conditions for over sixty years in this slum. It is located at 20kms from International Airport and 11.5 km from India Gate in the heart of New Delhi.
  5. 5. Based on our limited fund capacity we have started with 9 families consisting of 23 kids only, who reside in tent like shelters (Jhuggis) on the side of a busy road above a drain.
  6. 6. • They have nothing apart from an unconditional commitment to life that gives them the strength to overcome the most difficult challenges on a daily basis. • The children of Kalyanpuri Slum have no access to medical care, adequate shelter to protect them from the burning sun or torrential monsoon rain, are severely malnourished, have little or no clothing and have never attended school.
  7. 7. Some other facts about the people… Primary Income Source • Rubbish collection from dumps for recycling and begging Profession • Drumming, street stalls, and selling balloons, toys and beads Monthly Income • 20 to 50 $ / month avg. income Required Income • 135 to 165 $ / month should be required for the survival of a family
  8. 8. A BREIF TO THE ALARMING FACTS • Malnutrition in the first two years of a child’s life significantly reduces their intellectual capacity and physical development. • The fact says that majority of malnourished children are unable to secure paid employment as adults, continuing the cycle of poverty that surrounds them and their families.
  9. 9. • India is home to a third of the world's malnourished children • According to the World Food Program, approx. 25 percent of the world's hungry live in India and 40 percent of children under the age of 5 are malnourished. • The infant mortality rate in Delhi slums is 54 out of every 1,000 live births (Source: UNICEF)
  10. 10. • Because Indians living in slum communities do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities, diarrhea is common and is the second leading cause of death among children. • Families in slum communities live in constant fear of eviction and abuse • Rising unemployment in the unskilled public domain is causing an increase in social imbalance and serious crime
  11. 11. Literal Situation of Kalyanpuri Slum! – Before the official start of project HELP No child wanted to go to the school. They had a feeling that they are born in some different world and schools are not for them. Moreover they had a fear they will be insulted by the school staffs and other children’s.
  12. 12. No schools were ready to take their admission because these kids were unable to satisfy the minimum requirements for enrolment in formal school which is; official birth certificate, a uniform or study materials and a bit of knowledge to qualify the test to get admission.
  13. 13. • Infant mortality rate was so high. I have several pictures of the children’s who are not in this world now • Sexual abuse to the women and young girls were common. • People were under threat of being abused or robbed by the cops. • Begging and rag picking is the major job of the children’s.
  14. 14. • People there have no proper clothes to wear. And For very poor people clothing is the shelter.
  15. 15. “In earthquakes, the shake kills people; in a tsunami, the water kills people; but in winter, It’s not the cold that kills people. It’s the lack of proper clothing and poor shelter,” we believe. “Why don’t we consider lack of clothing & shelter a disaster? And we have started our on-road campaign in Delhi “Covering the naked - campaign”.
  16. 16. I am glad to mention here that Kate & Andrea have joined us in our first rally in New Delhi in Dec 2012.
  17. 17. Our major initiatives which have brought some change • We have been executing various awareness campaigns based on importance of health, hygiene and education. • We have taken various initiatives, motivated parents to educate people about the importance of education (at least for their children’s). As initially parents say that they can’t afford to send their kids to classes. As most of the kids are in pressure to earn their livelihood.
  18. 18. • Regular visits of two healthcare workers at the slum has continued. They train the children and their parents in preventative healthcare and general/dental hygiene. Mothers are also being trained in slum based infant care and malnutrition management. • Weekly spray of Mosquito repellant at Kalyanpuri Slum site. • Providing clean drinking water (75L per month) from the BFSC
  19. 19. • Distributing hygiene kits, clothing, cooking utensils on regular level secured via donations. • Fruit, milk, multigrain biscuits and fresh juice is being provided to the children daily from the BFSC. • Taking care of their health’s need; acute cases only.
  20. 20. In financial support with a local NGO “Sadiq Masih” and a long follow up with Govt. body “NDMC” we have successfully secured the Toilet facility and the Night Shelter in the Slum.
  21. 21. Sustainable plans for projectHELP; Livelihood Opportunities This January we have broken our boundaries as it has been a major challenge and a disheartening point for us to limit ourselves with those lucky 23 children’s only. The other Children’s who were living in the same community always ask us about why we give extra privilege to those 9 families only? Why not them?
  22. 22. Established a tent structured Brighter Future Study Centre in the slum itself to cater the increased no of children’s. Moreover this new centre has reduced the cost of transportation of these children’s to and fro from slum to BFSC.
  23. 23. Now at BFSC! • We have started giving basic computer training to the children’s at BFSC. • Vocational training of computer hardware for elder children’s is started from Nov. This will help them to find job of helper or, maintenance engineer in corporate companies. Training module includes; Hardware (computer parts) knowledge, Drive installation SMPS training
  24. 24. Future plans at BFSC • To establish an ideal setup for proper training of computer hardware. To provide advance training of computer hardware which includes the followings;  Router configuration  Networking  Cabling, wiring etc  SMPS repair  Operating System Installation  Software Installation • LAF has started motivating the mothers of the children in order to make them eligible for projectHELP vocational training and potential employment opportunities in the future.
  25. 25. Design Layout for Brighter Future Education Centre!
  26. 26. Upcoming Plans • Interactive AV classes/video tutorials via computers and large LCD screen or projector to educate and engage children via movies, dance, music and meaningful documentaries to inspire learning; We feel like preparing kids in extra-curricular activities like in music, dance, stage performance etc as this already comes in their interest level as well as we could see a bigger picture under livelihood program…!
  27. 27. Livelihood Options! A car washing business idea is currently being researched to determine the interest levels of male members of KS, set up costs and viability. Gardening, plantation, Terrace gardening seems to be another potential opportunity in livelihood program. Note: This slum is locate in the boundaries of a huge park and lake. So we have the land availability to train them. After training to the mothers and young girls we can also help to secure their job in Garment Manufacturing companies.
  28. 28. THANK YOU!