DLF Foundation supports VISHWAS (Vision for Health Welfare and Special Needs), non-profit organization working in the field of disability and inclusive education with the aim to help children from marginalised communities and children with disabilities studying at Vishwas Vidyalaya, Gurugram. As part of this initiative, we have supported the school to create a resource centre with unique teaching methods that are being used for personalized learning interventions for children with disabilities.
Currently, the resource centre caters to the education needs of children with autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities and is equipped with therapists, special educators and speech therapists. Additionally, the centre also provides free OPD services to children with disabilities from the neighbouring community every Tuesday.
Around 34 children from marginalised communities including 7 children with disabilities have been supported in their education through this initiative.
DLF Foundation and Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM) are collaborating for an initiative for rehabilitation of the homeless engaged in beggary in Delhi by providing them shelter, nutrition support and education while also increasing awareness on alternative livelihoods and ensuring their reintegration into the mainstream.
Through this drive, 108 adults have been rehabilitated and have been shifted to SPYM Shelters in Nizamuddin Colony and Sarai Kale Khan.
46 children, who were previously begging for a living have been rehabilitated and mobilised for formal schooling. The children are being aided with admission in primary schools, and around 19 children have been admitted to a local government school in the vicinity of Nizamuddin. Additionally, children are also being imparted computer training and being given non-formal education at the SPYM Nizamuddin Shelter.
SPYM has enabled skill training for adult women in the Shelter and are being provided a workspace and raw material so that they can be involved in entrepreneurial ventures like designing and selling bead necklaces to support themselves. Additionally, sewing classes have also been started for these women and regular motivational classes are being organised by counsellors at the encampment to motivate community members to shift to the Shelters.
DLF Foundation is collaborating with Muskaan, an NGO working in the field of imparting education, training, and habitation services for persons with intellectual disability, for a skill development programme for the specially abled. This initiative aims to aid with the integration of persons with intellectual disability into mainstream society through the imparting of life skills and vocational training. As part of this programme, Muskaan conducts a thorough training and assessment to check the fitment of the beneficiaries to help them with employment opportunities, life skills training and counselling to family members and beneficiaries.
As a result of DLF Foundation’s collaboration with Muskaan, 11 individuals have been trained for service-related work in the F&B industry and 6 beneficiaries have successfully completed their training and are now employed at various DLF hospitality outlets.
DLF Foundation, with the aim to empower the underserved sections of society, donated 50 wheelchairs to Red Cross Society, Faridabad. The wheelchairs provided by DLF Foundation will be used for the benefit of society for the specially abled and senior citizens and will be used as part of the Red Cross Society's initiatives for provision of relief for the mitigation of suffering caused by any natural disaster, the improvement of health and hygiene, as well as nursing and ambulance work.
To commemorate the 75th year of India’s independence, and to align with the vision of Har Ghar Tiranga, DLF Foundation donated 70,000 flags to the Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram. Har Ghar Tiranga is a campaign under the aegis of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mohotsav’, to encourage people to bring the Tiranga home and hoist it to mark the 75th year of India’s independence. The overall aim of the initiative is to invoke the feeling of patriotism in the hearts of the people and to increase awareness about the Indian National Flag.
DLF Foundation in collaboration with Samkalp Education Foundation supported an event at Bhagat Singh Stadium in New Delhi on the 25th of December, for providing support to the specially abled with donation of equipment. The event focused on empowering the community through the provision of aids and assistive devices and coaching them in the use of these devices.
Several major stakeholders collaborated with DLF Foundation and Samkalp Education Foundation for this initiative including Saksham and Northex Blind Welfare and Educational Society, organizations that work with persons with disabilities and aided Samkalp to identify these beneficiaries, Deen Dayal Upadhaya National Institute for Person with Disabilities, which aided with the assessment of the disabled persons, MP Charitable Society as well as Anganwadi and Asha Workers.
A detailed process was put in place to identify the physically disabled beneficiaries for the programme. A team of social workers responsible for identifying beneficiaries from different areas of the district was formed by Samkalp. The social workers collaborated with district social welfare officers, disability officers in the government department of Delhi and district magistrates to identify and mobilize the beneficiaries. The team also worked closely with Anganwadi and Asha workers to help identify and mobilize beneficiaries.
For the mobilization of the beneficiaries, Samkalp's team of social workers along with partner organizations worked with the specially abled community to ensure their safe arrival at the venue on the 25th of December.
For the assessment of the beneficiaries at the camp, a team from Deen Dayal Updhaya Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities checked and verified disabilities present in each beneficiary and additionally recommended the requirement of the devices needed for the disabled person.
A session was conducted to familiarize beneficiaries in the use of the assistive device by Ms. Neha Aneja, a professor from Delhi University and a person with disabilities, and Mr. Madan Mohan Tripathi, Director General, NIELIT. Additionally, The Hon. Member of Parliament of North-West Delhi was present at the event to speak about the inclusion of persons with disability.
Though only 500 beneficiaries were identified for this initiative initially, 977 beneficiaries participated in the event due to rigorous outreach efforts of the team and the event was a huge success.