What We Do
We are committed to provide programmes and services aimed solely at helping the under-privileged children in and around Delhi. We achieve this through programmes in the areas of medical services, nutrition, vocational training, adoption, rehabilitation of physically and mentally children and the provision of day care and non-formal education. In providing immediate relief as well as long-term rehabilitation to these children, the focus at DCCW has been on the girl-child, as the one who is most likely to be abandoned and in need of shelter and whose health, emotional and developmental needs are the most likely to be neglected within the family.
Today, these services reach over 2500 children daily and are provided virtually free of cost to them. ALL activities and policies of DCCW are colour / caste / community blind, and are based on secular principles. The main criterion in most of the activities is the financial status of the families whose children avail of DCCW programmes – all programmes cater only to poor under-privileged children.
A brief on theprogrammes follows. More details are available in the Programmes Section.
Palna is probably the most well-recognised face of DCCW. Set up in 1978, Palna is DCCW’s home to provide care and shelter for children lost, rendered homeless, relinquished or abandoned due to poverty, breakdown or crisis in the family. There are typically about 90-100 children at any given point of time.
The Orthopaedic Centre was set up in 1991 in Janakpuri to provide total rehabilitation to physically challenged children from underprivileged families living in and around Delhi. The services provided include corrective surgery, pre- and post-operative care, provision of aids, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, counselling and vocational training. To date :
- More than 9000 surgeries have been performed
- Over 25,000 children have been fitted with aids, which are fabricated in our in-house orthodontic workshop. ALL activities and policies of DCCW are colour / caste / community blind, and are based on secular principles. The main criterion in most of the activities is the financial status of the families whose children avail of DCCW programmes – all programmes cater only to poor under-privileged children.
Palna Shishu Kendras
The PALNA Shishu Kendras are DCCW's most recent initiative. Started in 2014, these centres are aimed at preparing young underprivileged children in the age group 21⁄2 to 6 years to attend mainstream schools. The centres are expected to play an important role in the life of children whose parents are unable to provide adequate time and resources for their overall (physical, mental, emotional and social) development.
Bal Chetnais DCCW's programme for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged children. It was established in 2002 as a residential and day care facility in response to the fact that a growing number of mentally challenged children were being abandoned at Palna, who required special care. The day care programme at Bal Chetnagrew out of the discovery made by our crèche workers, that there were many children with mental disabilities living in slums and resettlement colonies who were not getting the attention they needed.
Educational Sponsorship Programme
The Educational Sponsorship Programme provides financial support, guidance, counseling and health check-ups to over 1000 academically bright children from low income families.
Vocational Training Programme
DCCW runs a Vocational Training Programme for approximately 400 school girls and physically and mentally challenged girls and boys in a year, to teach them income-generating skills.
Supervised Homework Scheme
The Supervised Homework Scheme reaches out to around 175 underprivileged children in classes 1-4, who need academic assistance to keep up with their school work.
Working Children’s Project
Located in New Seemapuri, DCCW’s Working Children’s Project reaches out to children working in the unorganized sector, who are engaged in poorly paid and hazardous jobs. The Working Children’s Programme has approximately 100 working children enrolled in it.
DCCW also runs one government supported project :
Anganwadi Workers' Training Centre
The Anganwadi Programme is a Government of India grassroots programme that reaches out to women in rural areas and urban slums to educate them on matters of basic health and hygiene etc through trained workers. DCCW runs three of the five Anganwadi Training Centres in Delhi.
All DCCW programmes, except for the one government-initiated programme i.e. the Anganwadi Workers’ Training Programme, run on donations. All donations to DCCW are exempt from tax under section 35 AC of Income Tax Act 1961.