Hand2Hand Home of Grace has a day care service with an emphasis on health & education for children, whose families cannot provide them with proper care right now as they are economically backward and are daily wage earners or domestic helps. These families, for a variety of reasons, have found themselves in desperate situations. The child cannot be sent to school as yet, fed properly since the parents earn meager salaries / wages.
Hand2Hand Home of Grace is a day care home to children as we believe that a smaller family-like environment best enables children to overcome past difficulties and achieve their potential. The project is managed by a experienced administrator & care worker who has over 10 years experience in this field, along with other staff who have worked for many a year in projects like this.
Hand2Hand Home of Grace Sewing School is a place the mothers from the Under Privileged Families learn various sewing skills from construction of garments to making home related stuff. It has a well-structured curriculum. The school covers practical training and provides to the mothers a thorough knowledge base. Hand2Hand Home of Grace Sewing School's course is run by a formally trained ladies tailor. The course is for a batch of 5 at a time and caters to the women of the Under Privileged Families in Nebsarai, New Delhi whose children we already care for in the currently running Day Care Center. This will be an added on segment to the vocational training program which is running and a segment voiced by mostly all the mothers as they want to become self reliant and be empowered.
"One mother says that Hand2Hand Home of Grace can help them better by been taught something so that she can earn a better steady livelihood. She would like to be taught stitching. Right now the only thing she knows since she was a child is sweeping and mopping someone's home or washing their utensils.” Hand2Hand Home of Grace envisioned starting a stitching class for the mothers and it was launched in May, 2015.
Hopefully the plight of these women and their families will touch a cord deep within your heart. Please help us "Empower" them. Help them be "Self Reliant with a sense of being and with Confidence”
The family consists of the father, mother and three daughters (Tanisha, Falak & Khushi). The father used to be a vegetable seller but as of this month (November, 2014), he has started working in a shop as a helper more because they have promised him a monthly salary on INR 5,000/- which in their condition would be good as it will be a steady income of that amount monthly. The father is illiterate and the mother has never been to school but has learnt to read Hindi. The mother works a domestic cleaning lady who earns a meagre INR 3000/- a month. She is on the lookout for a better job as the place she is working now; they have increased the work considerably but are not willing to increase her salary.
The two elder children go to a government school. Tanisha is in class three and Falak is in class one. Khushi attends our Day Care Centre. They live in a shanty in one of the Nebsarai slums for almost twenty years now where they pay a monthly rent of INR 1,700/-. Two home visits have been done so far by our Director Ms. Buangi to check on their welfare. They are contemplating moving to another place as there is no proper water connection and they have to draw water from a hand pump attached to a bore well and for this also the landlord takes INR 800/- per month from them. In all the twenty years they have been living there, they still have to go to the fields behind their shanty for all toilet related activities. The landlord has still not built any toilet for them even though they have been there for so long. They even have to pay the landlord INR 500/- per month for electricity charges.
The mother says that while her husband was working selling vegetables he earned hardly anything and she had to pay all the house related expenses every month. The little money that the husband earned was squandered away on liquor. She even narrated how he beats her up every night when he comes home drunk. As far as accessing health care is concerned, they access the Government dispensary in Nebsarai which has limited services. When they have to address a serious health problem, they go to a clinic called “Bengali Clinic” as the doctor there charges a very low fee for poor people.
In their view Hand2Hand Home of Grace has helped them a lot. The mother is at peace now knowing that the child who does not go to school is safe at the Day Care Centre. Initially the second daughter Falak was also attending the Day Care Centre. She has since been groomed and has got admission into the Government school as well. She still gets a bit worried as the school going children come home from school at 1.00 pm and are alone at home.
The mother says that Hand2Hand Home of Grace can help them better by been taught something so that she can earn a better steady livelihood. She would like to be taught stitching. Right now the only thing she knows since she was a child is sweeping and mopping someone’s home. Hand2Hand Home of Grace has envisioned starting a stitching class for the mothers but this dream is still a while away.
The family consists of the father, mother, two daughters and one son (Antra, Angad & Anshu). The father is a daily wage labourer who seeks work as a house painter daily at the junction called the labour chowk in Nebsarai. Whenever he gets an assignment he earns INR 300/- in a day. In the month he averages 12 days in a month, which means he earns around INR 3,600/-. The mother works a domestic cleaning lady who earns a meagre INR 2000/- a month. She is on the lookout for a better job now. The husband’s brother also stays with them so he pays a part of the house rent which is INR 5,000/- a month with the electricity and water charges being separate. The electricity works out around INR 600/- to 700/- per month. The water charges are INR 300/- per month.
The two elder children go to a local school. Antra is in class one and Angad is in the lower kindergarten. Anshu attends our Day Care Centre. They live in a shanty in one of the Nebsarai slums. She is from Patna and the husband has been in Delhi since he was seven years old. Home visits have been done so far by our Director Ms. Buangi to check on their welfare.
As far as accessing health care is concerned, they access the Government dispensary in Nebsarai which has limited services.
In their view Hand2Hand Home of Grace has helped them a lot. The mother is at peace now knowing that the child who does not go to school is safe at the Day Care Centre. She still gets a bit worried as the school going children come home from school at 1.00 pm and are alone at home so she tries to be home by 1.00 pm which causes her to let go of any employment offers which require her to work post 1.00 pm.
The mother says that Hand2Hand Home of Grace can help them better by been taught something so that she can earn a better steady livelihood. She would like to be taught anything that we can teach her so that she can earn independently. She also right now goes daily for an hour to another NGO called “Neb 60” where she is learning stitching. She is very inclined to the idea of being taught how to make wrist bands by Hand2Hand Home of Grace.
The family consists of the father, mother, Shobhna (4 ½ years) and a sister Shweta
(3 years). The father works as an in out dispatch clerk in a publishing house and the
mother is a worker in a small garment export factory. . The father’s job occupies him
from 9.00 am till 6.00 pm and the mother from 8.00 am till 5.00 pm.
The father earns INR 8000/- per month and the mother 4000/- per month. Collectively they earn INR 12,000/- per month which they say makes it difficult for the family to make ends meet every month but the wife’s father in law is a blessing as they live in the same semi constructed structure above them. He also works and pools in money every month. This eases the financial constraints for them. They cook combined meals so the entire family and the in laws eat together which saves on various costs (Food, Gas, etc). They pay a monthly rent of INR 3000/- and the electricity charges come up to around INR 600/- per month. With regards to water they have a pipeline connected to the main municipal water line passing through the locality but have to run a water pump so that they can pull water from that line and fill up their various drums, buckets, etc. The municipal water supply is regular so they fill up their water stock every day.
Their home is located in Holi Chowk in Nebsarai and has fairly clean surroundings so they are not really affected by garbage being strewn around the locality. Most of the residents of this locality make the effort and go throw their garbage into the “Kurra Dhan” which is situated about a 5 minute walk away from them. Their drainage system in the locality are gutters running through the narrow gullies but they have been covered by the respective landlords so that also is a blessing as they do not have to face the consequences of open sewage gutters which emit foul smells and are a breeding ground for mosquitos and other disease spreading insects.
With regards to medical facilities accessed, they do not access the Government Dispensary in the area as feel the medicines provided by the dispensary even though free do not really work so instead they go to Dr. Rajiv Sharma or Dr. Prem in the Nebsarai area where they pay around INR 150/- per visit / consultation. In cases where the medical problem is severe they access the medical facilities at the Government run Safdarjung Hospital.
The mother very excitedly expresses that she is so happy that she put Shobhna in Hand2Hand Home of Grace as here she has learnt to speak properly, has become disciplined and has also become so well mannered. She even narrates how Shobhna goes home and tries to teach the family what she learns at the Hand2Hand Home of Grace Day Care Centre. If any of them repeats it wrongly Shobhna actually corrects them grammatically which the mother says is so refreshingly exciting. She also narrates how Shobhna tries to educate her friends in the neighbourhood of what she has learnt at the Day Care Centre.
Before this the mother had put Shobhna in a small play school in the area but she was not satisfied with the level of care and education there. Also they had to pay quite a high fee there for admission and also a monthly fee. Later she put her in another day care centre in the area but heard from many people and also finally discovered herself that the staff there beat the children and also administers some medicine to them to make them sleep from afternoon till evening till someone picked them up. This frightened her immensely. She is very grateful to her sister who also stays in Nebsarai for informing her that Hand2Hand Home of Grace exists and she put Shobhna here. She is pleased and very happy that she is here and so well cared for and loved. She very imploring said and asked that in a few months here younger daughter Shweta will be a little over three years so when there is a place vacant in Hand2Hand Home of Grace, please inform her as she wants to admit her here as well.
The mother also like many other mothers has requested Hand2Hand Home of Grace to open an informal school till at least class two or three which she feels will immensely benefit her children and other children to get a firmer and better grounding before embarking into a bigger regular school.
This family consists of the father, mother, Madhu (3 ½ years), Arvind (4 years) both
of whom are in the Hand2Hand Home of Grace day care centre and then an elder
brother Chirag (6 years) who attends the local Government school.
The father generally works as a driver in a private household but since the past two months he is unemployed as he had fallen very sick and his employers asked him to quit. He is currently searching for another job. While he was driving earlier he used to earn a monthly salary of INR 12,000/-. The mother works in four different households. In two she cooks for them twice a day and in the other two she has to do all the work (Sweeping, swabbing, washing the utensils and cooking as well). She earns a monthly amount of INR 11,000/- collectively ffrom al these four households.
Their home is located in the Holi Chowk locality of Nebsarai. It is one room in a properly constructed building which houses a total 16 families. The major advantage that this family has is that this room is self-contained a bathroom cum toilet and also a small kitchen area which unlike the other families if beneficial as they do not have to go outside and share the bathroom cum toilet facilities with other families and also do not have to compromise on space within the room to make a make shift kitchen.
As far as water is concerned, the landlord has installed a municipality water line which in with the compounds. It is connected to an electrical water pump and all the families have to line up to fill their drums, containers, etc. There is always a struggle daily while filling water as the water supply comes only from 6.00 am till 11.00 am and there are 16 families in total to fill. Arguments happen all the time due to this.
The major problems faced by them in this locality as expressed mostly by the mother are:
1. Open gutters with stinking water stagnant in them bringing along an immense amount of mosquitos.
2. They have to walk at least 15 minutes to the Kurra Dhan to throw their garbage as there is no garbage collection dumping bins provided in their area by the municipality.
3. There are frequent arguments / altercations with the neighbours stemming from the water filling time to many unnecessary misunderstandings due to rumours spread by a lot of the women in the building who just love to pit one against the other and then sit back and laugh. They have contemplated shifted many a time but due to the advantages of this home being self-contained they still have not done so.
4. The mother also narrates another major problem and fear which shocked us and is very scary as well (Please note: Information noted herein this section is based purely on the account given by the mother. We have no proof for this). She says that there is a group of Africans namely Nigerians who roam around the area in search of children to kidnap. She says there have been three children abducted so far and they do not have any news about their whereabouts till date. She also stated that there was one child who was abducted and then they later on learnt that the group had killed the child in some sort of satanic sacrifice, the roasted the child and ate it. When we asked why they have not reported these happenings to the police, she said that these people are hand in glove with the police and local authorities. She even very emphatically stated that this group has even been issued Aadhar Cards which is the Unique Identification Cards meant only for Indian National. If this is true then it shows how strong the nexus between them and the authorities, police is. She states a case where a few weeks ago one of this group’s members tried to physically drag a 16 year old girl into an auto rickshaw but the girl damaged to jerk her hand away and run. When the CCTV footage from the area was reviewed they managed to identify the person but he paid off the police and also sent INR 20,000/- through the police to the girl’s family and made them drop the police complaint. It seems thereafter he has been openly saying in that area that now he has paid the police as well as the family so he has the right to in future grab the girl again and rape her. This group of Nigerians is commonly called “Kala Babas” in the area. “Kala Baba basically means Black Evil men”.
With regards to accessing medical facilities, they go to the Government Dispensary in Nebsarai and also to the Pandit Madan Mohan Government Hospital in Malviya Nagar.
The mother expresses her desire that Hand2Hand Home of Grace should open a Non-formal school for the elder children and also start a class for the mothers wherein they can learn the basics of beauty treatment.