Shelter Homes: - The Shelter Homes are provided with the following services:
- Wholesome nutritious food including the special diet as prescribed by the medical professionals as per needs of each resident as and when required.
- Medical and healthcare services including pre-natal, natal and post-natal services through the professionals like Gynecologist, Pediatricians and Medical Doctors of nearby Government Hospitals are also provided to the inmates.
- In addition to this, regular checkups on alternate days through mobile Health Clinic unit of Government Hospitals of NCT Delhi are also imparted.
- To ensure round the clock care and monitoring of health & other needs Seven Trained Staff Nurses have been employed, who remain on duty in shifts, round the clock.
- Regular and persistent and continuous counseling and proper care with regard to physical, mental and psychological needs has helped these residents of the Shelter Homes to regain their self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Counseling as well as training for parenting her child in a better manner so as to make them grow as responsible parents and children.
YWCA of Delhi runs the following shelter homes two shelters homes, the Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur Project and the Matritava Chaya Shelter Homes.
- 1. Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur Project (RKAK):- The Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur Project has three divisions:-
- a. Short Stay Shelter Home: - The Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur Short Stay Shelter Home is open 24 hours with the objective of providing temporary shelter to the women and girls who face challenges in life and need immediate shelter and care, a recreation-cum-common room is set up where residents have access to indoor games, having meals together and share new skills in art and craft.
Facilities provided in the short stay shelter home are as below: -
- 1. Fresh and healthy food, homely atmosphere, neat and clean environment.
- 2. Counseling facilities.
- 3. Police protection and assistance in case of emergency.
- 4. Legal advice/assistance.
- 5. Medical assistance and referral services.
- 6. Timely consultation of psychiatrist and follow up of medication do
- b. Day Care Center: -The objective of the day care centre is to provide support to working parents. The crèche has the capacity to take in 25 children. This facility is run on a policy of no profit and no loss. It operates from 8:30 am till 6.p.m. and at present it has about twenty children in this day care center and full capacity of the day care center is 25.
- c. Neighborhood School: -This School was started in February 2010 to address the needs of children surviving begging, rag picking, shoe shining and other such traditional jobs which were being done by their parents. They are from the economically backward sections of our society. The Neighborhood School offers non-formal and remedial education to nonschool going children, school going children and drop outs. The target group consists of children in the age group 6 to 18. This year 50 children are enrolled and are being educated for a better life through the medium of education .This Neighbourhood school provides educational opportunities to the children of underprivileged section of society to bring out their talents and self confidence for a better tomorrow.
Residents are encouraged to be involved in their hobbies. Knitting, crochet, drawing, painting, singing exercising are some of the hobbies they have pursued this year. The educated girls teach the others and various cultural activities are organized for the residents where they participate in celebrations of festivals like Holi, Diwali, Independence Day, Christmas day celebrations. Networking with other NGOs is done for rehabilitation and vocational training for deserving residents.
- 2. Matritava Chaya Shelter Homes for Destitute, Pregnant Women& Lactating Mothers at Jahangirpuri & Sarai Rohilla
The Objectives for the creation of these Shelter Homes is to provide to destitute pregnant and lactating women the following:
- Safety and protection.
- Nutrition and Wholesome food.
- Medical facilities, including services of a Gynecologist and Pediatrician on visiting basis.
- Informal education.
- Counseling and parenting training.
- 24x7 hour helpline
The YWCA of Delhi is running two Shelter Homes for Destitute Pregnant and Lactating Women who are shelter-less and without any means of subsistence at Jahangirpuri & Sarai Rohilla respectively. The Department of Women & Child Development, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Women Empowerment Cell), in pursuance of an order of Honorable High Court Delhi, has given an opportunity to the YWCA of Delhi to run these two Shelter Homes. Honorable Minister for Social Welfare and Women and Child Development NCT Delhi, inaugurated the facility on 11th February 2011.
The YWCA endeavors to provide Destitute (Pregnant and Lactating) women, quality antenatal and post natal care; safety and protection; nutritious food essential for the health of the pregnant women and of their unborn children. Vocational training is given to them in order to provide an opportunity to have a livelihood and to enable these women to be economically independent to sustain themselves and their children in future and to lead a respectful life.
These Shelter Homes, with a capacity of 24, provide admission to all destitute, pregnant or lactating women, who step in and claim that they do not have any shelter in the NCT of Delhi, or those who are brought in by the Police, NGO or by any public spirited person, irrespective of her caste, class, religion or ethnicity are offered shelter and food and helped in getting their life back together and given a ray of hope to deal with trials and tabulations of today and courage and hope for the sunrise of tomorrow.