Home is not merely a place made of brick, mortar and cement; it is a place where several feelings and emotions co-exist; where a child knows that a shoulder exists to lean on when in trouble. We leave our homes in the morning for our day-to-day activities, but by end of the day, it is this place we yearn for. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have such a place. There are millions of children who live on footpaths, railway stations and street corners, die a silent voice, with no-one even to take care of their dead bodies!! Those who survive lead a deprived life, a life which is more of a burden than a treasure hunt, as it is for most of us.
These children are either victims of child abuse, children of sex-workers or have come across other unfortunate circumstances, neglected by society, disowned by their own parents and deprived of their childhood. In such a scenario, it won’t be a surprise to see them loiter, go astray or walk in the footsteps of their family!!
They would never know what HOME is actually like. What it means to be guided by an elder? And what their life would have been, had their parents provided the kind of shelter and love every child deserves to have?
Deepalaya Children’s Home in Gusbethi, Haryana is a home for such children. The project aims to rehabilitate such children and transform them into confident, dignified and respectable citizens of the country. We provide a nurturing and caring environment and focus on their emotional, social, academic and skill development.
From a small number of 19 children in the year 2000 when the project was set up, the strength has grown to accommodate around a hundred children. At present there are 26 girls and 52 boys, residing in separate hostels. Apart from providing food, shelter and clothing, the children’s home provide the following facilities –
- Individual care for each child through House Fathers and House Mothers
- Regular health checkups
- A vast playing ground for overall personality development of children
- Counseling sessions to give a new direction to their lives
- Healthy living classes that include yoga and meditation.
- Provision of education, vocational and skill training for help them earn a living for themselves.
The project also takes care of their special needs like anger management issues, problems relating to personality disorders and other problems. The Vocational Training program helps the children to equip themselves with marketable skills to secure dignified jobs after reaching adulthood.