Full care residential programme
Full care residential centers / shelter homes
Resigning lives of desolation and deprivation, thousands of children leave their homes in a quest for a better life.
To them 'grass always seems greener on the other side' and cities act as a magnet to attract them to its glitter.
Oblivious to perils of crime, sexual abuse and economic exploitation these children oft see their dreams shatter
beneath harsh realities of cities. Exposed to even more ferocious forms of ignorance, hunger, abuse and poverty in
cities, they struggle hard to get a good night's sleep and two square meals a day. They long for safety and security.
SBT's full care residential centres intend to fulfill this longing by providing children a caring and nurturing environment with a sense of security. The full care residential centres were set up with a firm belief that a threatening environment seriously impairs children's freedom of expression and capacity to grow and a secured environment is an essential prerequisite for children to thrive.
A safe place to sleep, a small cupboard to store personal belongings, a somewhat set pattern to life (e.g. regulated timings for food, study, play, roll call and going to bed etc.) and most importantly the feeling that 'I am protected and no one will harm me' can do wonders for neglected street children and enable them blossom to the fullest.
Full care residential centres act as spaces for the most intensive engagement with children in need of care and protection. It won't be an understatement that 'numerous lives are moulded and shaped in these centres'. Children often come at a very young age and stay with SBT till the time they attain maturity. These long years of work with children transform lives–not only from a child to an adult but from a dependant to an empowered individual and from a dreamer to a doer!
A gentle touch, a reassuring smile and a genuine approach by older children to become a new entrant's friend; staff members' efforts to talk and counsel a child to let him/her vent out and move ahead; a firm yet caring way of making a child adjust to the routine of the centre; to introduce him/her to educational and extra-curricular activities and preparing the child to take charge of his/her life, succinctly describes long journeys of many children at full care residential centres of SBT.
Each child staying in the residential centres is treated as a unique individual with specific needs. Individual care plans are formulated focusing on specific needs of children. The plans also record strategies to meet these varied needs. Hence, a composite of multifarious services are rendered for holistic development of children in full care residential centres.
On one hand well-equipped mental health and educational programmes foster high intellectual development of children. On the other, formidable medical programme comprising periodic medical check-ups and sound emergency medical assistance with balanced nutritious meals warrant optimum physical development among children. However, the most unique component of SBT's work with children remains creation of a stimulating environment for children. Latent talent development, sports and outings form integral part of this environment.
SBT ensures complete adherence to this law vis-à-vis registration and licensing of homes, infrastructural requirements, staff recruitment and admission of children in homes. Every child in each of SBT homes is admitted with the due permission of Child Welfare Committees (CWCs). Regular reporting along with periodic presentation of children in CWCs to furnish their progress are important features of SBT's collaboration with CWCs. The most noteworthy achievement of SBT has been its smooth transition into juvenile justice framework. The conscious steps taken by SBT to create an excellent work relationship with juvenile justice bodies and fit in to this system have been recognised by CWC and DCPCR members as well.
Not scared of challenges
"Once there was a boy who had many behavioural problems. He was a rebellious and hyperactive child. He did not have any interest in studies also. After the intervention of SBT team the child improved and a positive change was seen in him. After this we (CWC) ordered the SBT team to trace his family. The family was traced and the child was repatriated. SBT is still supporting the child's education so that he becomes a successful human being."
- Dr. Edward Daniel, Member, CWC, Kingsway Camp
Families appreciate the positive change
Kamya (name changed) whose parents are infected with HIV has been with SBT since 2011. Though it was a difficult decision for her parents to let Kamya live in a residential centre but once they saw Kamya doing well they were happy. Kamya's mother says "Kamya has changed a lot in SBT. Her personality has groomed and a positive transformation can be seen in her attitude and behaviour. She is performing well in her studies."
Learning of a lifetime
"Sanjoy (Roy) and I (Mrs. Nair) started with the idea of donating blankets to the children in the bitter winter cold. We started at the very place where GRP centre now stands. However we proved naïve about their actual needs. The children told us that sleeping under a blanket invited sexual attentions from older children. They stuffed newspapers and wore layers of clothing (all the clothes the possessed, actually) so that they not only keep warm but as a deterrent to the clothes being stolen! That's when we realised children needed a roof over their heads and safe spaces."
- Ms. Praveen Nair, Founder and Trustee,
Working within ambit of JJ Act
Ms. Mamta Sahai, Member DCPCR and former chairperson of CWC (Mayur Vihar) "It was 8 years ago when I came to know about SBT, I was told by many that SBT is a leading child rights organisation but I only had a fair idea about SBT's good work with children when I started interacting with members of the organisation. The organisation came into juvenile justice ambit effortlessly owing to sensitivity and openness of staff members to CWC's suggestion. The members would appreciate my feedback and comments and promptly incorporate them in their systems and honestly speaking very few organisations would be open to criticism and change. Infact, I feel this openness and flexibility to bring in change when required is responsible for SBT's success in the area of child rights."
Contact information of Salaam Baalak Trust's shelters:Arushi Children Home for Girls
819- Sector 21, Pocket E
Capacity of the children: Girls - 50 DMRC Children Home for Boys
Near Metro Pillar No. 65
Bhargava Lane, Tis Hazari, Delhi 54.
Capacity of the children: Boys - 100 Aasra Children Home for Boys
Plot No. 66-67, MS Block, Ranaji Enclave
Najafgarh, New Delhi
Capacity of the children: Boys - 50 Udaan Rose Children Home for Girls
15A, Kamla Nagar, New Delhi - 110007
Capacity of the children: Girls - 50 ODRS Open Shelter for Boys
Rita Building, IInd Floor
3903 Hamilton Road
Near HDFC Bank
Capacity of the children: Boys - 25 Apna Ghar Open Shelter for Boys
DDA Community Centre - 2nd Floor,
Gali No.11, Multani Danda, Paharganj,
Capacity of the children: Boys - 25
- "Sanjoy (Roy) and I (Mrs. Nair) started with the idea of donating blankets to the children in the bitter winter cold. We started at the very place where Government railway police centre now stands. However we proved naïve about their actual needs. The children told us that sleeping under a blanket invited sexual attentions from older children. They stuffed newspapers and wore layers of clothing (all the clothes they possessed, actually) this not only kept them warm but also kept the clothes from being stolen! That's when we realized children needed a roof over their heads and safe spaces."
Dr. Praveen Nair, Chairperson and Trustee
- "Often, children would be rescued from child labour or other difficult circumstances and need immediate shelter. It was always easier for us to arrange for their stay, as Salaam Baalak Trust had fully-functioning shelter homes for boys and girls"
Mr. Praveen Jha, Coordinator, Childline