BAL KALYAN NAGARI, Mankhurd, Mumbai
Bal Kalyan Nagari is a State Government run welfare home for children aged upto 18 years. This institution is meant for the benefit of children who are victims of natural calamity, social apathy, and death of parents. It consists of separate hostels for boys and girls, a library, kitchen and place for play and recreation. This institution has facilities for 200 boys and 200 girls. At present around 150 inmates stay at this institution. Most of the children are between the ages of 7 to 18 years. These children go to the school for education within the premises.
Activity and Learning Centre
Bal Kalyan Nagari has an existing library which was upgraded by PEHL. We have added 3000 children-specific books to the existing library and refurbished the premises. We have converted it into an activity centre where children are taught and workshops and programs are also held.
Special educators and PEHL staff have taken up complete tutoring and support for the students of Std VI to IX for all subjects. Efforts are being put towards getting the students on track with school work and increasing their focus to better their performance.
Vocational Training and Supplementary Education in association with Yuva Parivartan (via Kherwadi Social Welfare Association)*
This initiative includes well structured Certificate Courses that are being run in collaboration with Yuva Parivartan (KSWA) by PEHL. The duration of each course is 3 months. Though it is not affiliated with the University, the Certificate Courses are well accepted among most corporate houses and placements are aided by Yuva Parivartan. The courses will be conducted by regular teachers and volunteers. Courses in English and Computers have been conducted for the older children.
These children require a lot of psychological support as they go through a lot of emotional turmoil due to their background.
PEHL is also conducting many workshops with these children on topics like study skills, emotional intelligence, handling interpersonal relations, time management etc. We are also including visits from various schools to encourage an exchange of ideas among the two groups.
*All the training material/teaching aids for activities/courses/workshops are sponsored by PEHL and courses are conducted free of cost for the children
MDCH - MENTALLY DEFICIENT CHILDRENS HOME
This home for mentally deficient children at Mankhurd, a state government run institution for mentally challenged children, is the largest of its kind in India. There are upto 300 inmates, both male and female, children and adults.
Areas of concern
Poor quality of life, poor oral and personal hygiene leading to frequent illness and hospitalizations, disorganized behavior, aggression and violent behavior, interpersonal conflicts
Counseling services were started for the inmates to provide psychological support to the inmates.
We have extended our services in areas like Yoga which would act to improve their physical and psychological health. Yoga services are being provided since February 2012. These services are being provided free of cost. The material for the same ie yoga mats and napkins were also arranged by the organization with the help of Rotary club. This is an ongoing project till date.
Dental care program
As the inmates in this home are mentally challenged, their personal and oral hygiene is greatly compromised. So the need to improve the same was felt. The dental program is planned to achieve these objective. The inmates are taught brushing strokes on the model and made to practice in small groups under supervision. We are also preparing and providing dental kits for each inmate.
Personal hygiene program
During the interaction it was also noted that these inmates have poor personal hygiene and grooming. So a program to teach them effective hand washing, cleaning themselves and combing etc has been undertaken.
Screening camps have been organized via the IMA for health issues related to skin, eyes, etc. PEHL has already conducted a Skin Disease Detection and Treatment Camp for the inmates and will continue to do follow ups regularly
NEW/ADDITIONAL OBSERVATION HOME - BOYS
This is a state-run home for boys from the age of 6- 13 years. There are approximately 140 boys here presently, consisting of missing children, street children found begging, runaways and also children of labourers sent by the CWC on a temporary basis. Sometimes, a guardian claims the child from this home, else they remain till the age of 13, following which they are sent to a properly established children's home like Bal Kalyan Nagari or CCH.
PEHL has started supplementary education for 20 boys at this home that are also attending the BMC school within the Children's Aid Society campus. We also have counselors visiting the home, as these children require a lot of psychological support due to their complicated and unstable circumstances.
NEW/ADDITIONAL OBSERVATION HOME - GIRLS
This is a state-run home for girls from the age of 6- 13 years. There are approximately 70 girls here presently, consisting of missing children, street children found begging, runaways and also children of labourers sent by the CWC on a temporary basis. Sometimes, a guardian claims the child from this home, else they remain till the age of 13, following which they are sent to a properly established children's home like Bal Kalyan Nagari or CCH.
PEHL has started supplementary education for 20 girls at this home that are also attending the BMC school within the Children's Aid Society campus. We also have counselors visiting the home, as these children require a lot of psychological support due to their complicated and unstable circumstances.