Apr 19, 2019

Progress Report on Medical Program

Introduction and Goal

Since its inception, SBT has been striving to provide comprehensive care and protection services to street and working children. This package of services includes residential facilities, health and nutrition, education, vocational training and rehabilitation services. A critical component of this package remains medical and health facilities. It has been seen that children on streets live in insanitary conditions and are prone to various infections and diseases, therefore providing them adequate medical facilities is often the first priority for SBT team. In an endeavour to ensure effective delivery of medical services, SBT has envisioned a multifaceted medical programme. 


Under the medical programme, SBT covers the following two pronged objectives.

  1. To improve access to adequate and timely medical services of children rescued / and or motivated to live in shelter homes.
  2. To strengthen medical and health programme to ensure maximum quality health care.

Project Goal

The present project supports the medical programme activities at Aasra Residential Centre of SBT. From the valuable grants under the Project salaries of medical social worker and medical programme implementation has been supported at Aasra. The Centre is located in Najafgarh area of Delhi and provides shelter and other services to about 50 boys at any given point of time.


It has been SBT’s long standing principle that quality medical aid must be provided to every child. As good health is foundation on which a stable and happy future can be built. Under this ambit, first aid and a medical check up is provided within 24 hrs of coming in touch with SBT.  When a child comes in to touch with SBT with any major medical problem, she/ he is referred to hospital immediately, prescribed care is provided and regular follow up is done. With the support, street children residing Aasra Residential Centre of Salaam Baalak Trust were direct beneficiaries to the medical programme. (For details see Table 1)

Awareness Session on Dental Health at Aasra Centre


As part of the medical programme following activities have been conducted:


  • First Aid care was provided to children who came with an injury to the Centre.
  • Regular health check-ups of regular children staying at the centre for long stay were conducted.
  • Awareness sessions were conducted by the medical social workers to sensitize children on issues of health, hygiene, and sanitation.
  • Medicines were provided to children suffering from illness and sickness.
  • Those children who were diagnosed from a major illness were provided specialised medical care through hospitals.
  • Heath camps were organised to provide routine immunization to children to protect them from preventable childhood diseases.


Dental Check-up at the Centre


Snapshot of Progress Achievements and Targets  

The number of children reached under various components of medical programme at Aasra Centre is provided below.

Table 1: Medical Programme Coverage and Outreach


Number of Beneficiaries


Total Beneficiaries


T.T Vaccine  (1 Camp)


Dental (1 Camp)


Eye check up


Medical Investigation




(Eye & leg)

Long term Care


(Kidney disorder & HIV Positive infection)

Hospital Referrals

Medicine Department


ENT Department


Skin Department


Surgery Department



Future Plan

This year the medical team plans to forge stronger partnership with hospitals to ensure high quality care to children. Additionally, the team will make necessary efforts to organise capacity building sessions for medical staff throughout the year.

Jan 28, 2019

Updates from the girls shelter home


The continued support from our donors has enabled Salaam Baalak Trust to support girls rescued from streets and difficult circumstances and provide them a holistic package of care and protection services at the Arushi Residential Centre. Well equipped with all child care facilities, the Arushi Centre provides a child-friendly environment to children. At any given time, it successfully supports around 60 children. Living in the center, the children are able to access health, education, vocational training and job placement facilities. In the year 2018, the girls residing in Arushi have shown holistic improvement in all aspects of their lives. They have excelled in academics and extra-curricular activities during the year. They exude immense confidence and are driven to craft a bright future for themselves.

Progress Update

The followings section provides an overview of girls’ performance in various activities of the center.
Linking children with educational services is one of the core foci of SBT. The girls at the Arushi residential center are being supported through a pliable education programme to cater to their individual needs. The different modes of education offered at the center include formal schooling, non-formal education and open schooling. Teachers with the support of the volunteers took regular classes for children during the year. The academic performance of each child at the center is mapped by the in-house teachers. Additionally, a monthly education report is being sent to the Executive Council to closely map the progress of children.
To improve children’s general knowledge quiz and debates were organized. Career counseling workshops were conducted to streamline children’s higher education choices and guide them on the possible avenues for vocational training. Conscious effort was made to link children to formal schools and help them keep abreast with their school curriculum.

Food and Nutrition
The girls were provided three hot cooked and nutritious meals at the center. Elder girls were involved in preparation of evening nutrition which includes buying groceries (under staff assistance) along with monitoring and distribution of utensils to create a sense of responsibility and discipline. Further, sessions were organized on the importance of choosing nutritious food for school tiffin. These sessions improved girls’ understanding of food, nutrition and balanced diet and resulted in visible changes in their dietary behavior.
The center staff made sure that children sit and eat together. Having meals together helped children bond well and learn the values of sharing food with each other. It has been endearing to see the elder girls taking care of the little ones and ensuring that they eat well.

Sharp focus has been laid on ensuring health of girls in the center. To ensure holistic understanding of health and its components, awareness sessions on good hygiene and sanitation practices including tooth cleaning and hand wash techniques were held. Dental check-ups and tetanus vaccination camps were
organized at the center to cover all children. Children were also immunized against other preventable childhood diseases. In addition to this, special medical attention was given to children if they fall very sick.

Skill Development and Job Placement
The girls who are above 18 and/or have passed Class 10 opt for vocational training. This is a step towards preparing them for their adult lives. Presently the girls are pursuing beauty culture training, guitar classes, piano classes, classical singing and dancing, sketching classes, photoshop editing and English-speaking classes. It is heartening to see that the girls are taking these classes very seriously and working hard to learn as much as they can and complete their respective courses successfully.

In the last year eight girls have been rehabilitated. Of these, two girls are associated with Google and working in their cafeteria, four girls are working in different salons. One girl is working in Bajaj insurance company and another girl is working in google as a chef. The center team remains in constant touch with these girls through regular follow-ups. The follow up exercise has been instrumental in assuring girls that SBT team will be there for them in times of need.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Celebrations
The children engaged in following extracurricular activities in the last year.
• Monthly birthday celebration of the girls
• Movie outings
• Girls visited Vishwa Yuvak Kendra and attended seminars
• A quiz was organized at center
• Girl child day was celebrated
• 10 girls visited Aravalli Biodiversity Park
• One child won the best artist award in her school
• Girls went for different activities during the summer camp
• Girls celebrated all various festivals with lot of zeal and spirit
• Children were presented Christmas gifts by a corporate donor
• Girls went to Panchmarhi, Madhya Pradesh for a trip. During the trip they enjoyed natural trails and learnt about flora and Fauna
• Girls also went to an Old Age home and learnt about the needs of elderly

A snapshot of Quantitative Achievements of Arushi Residential Centre from January – December- 2018

Food and Nutrition
Health Check ups
200 times
Vocational Training and Skill Development
10 girls
Job Placement
10 girls

While working with the girls rescued from streets and managing the center, the team faces the following challenges.
• Detailed discussions on provisions of various juvenile legislations has been done with stakeholders.
• In the context of education, many girls find it difficult to cope with the curriculum of age appropriate classes. Towards this, the team is planning to provide bridge course and supportive classes.
• Many girls during the time of their rehabilitation feel very worried and tensed. It becomes daunting for the center team to calm and console them. However, with the help of career counsellor and psychologist, the center team resolves girls’ concerns and worries and prepares them for rehabilitation.

Future Plans
The center team has envisioned following plans to improve the functioning of the center.
• Providing quality education to all children
• Sending maximum number of children to formal schools
• Developing care plan for all children with focus on those above 15 years
• Developing ownership of the center among children through strengthening children’s committee
• Making adequate rehabilitation arrangement of girls who are above 18 years
• Ensuring follow ups of restored and rehabilitated girls
• Optimal networking with corporate and individual donors to enable cost cutting
• Putting in concerted efforts to sensitize CWC to needs of street children

Jan 22, 2019

Education at the shelter homes

Recognizing the need to protect the future of the children residing on streets, Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) was established in 1988. SBT’s full care residential centres intend to fulfil street children’s longing for safety and security by providing them a caring and nurturing environment with a sense of security. 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.). Additionally, the Trust also has a vision of ensuring access of street children to high quality services ranging from health, nutrition, education, vocational training to job placement.
Arushi children home was the first girls’ home established by SBT, given the accentuated vulnerabilities of girls living on girls to sexual abuse, exploitation and physical violence. Located in Gurugram, Haryana, the home provides shelter to around 60 girls at a time. The home has been designed in a very child friendly manner and is equipped with all the facilities and amenities required by growing children, including, class rooms, play area, dormitory, indoor space for games and in-house classes and computers and digital infrastructure.

Rationale and Context
Under the funded project, quality and inclusive education is being provided to girls rescued from the streets and enrolled in SBT’s Arushi residential home. In recognition of the role and value of education in shaping children’s future, for their intellectual development and transform them into productive citizens, comprehensive efforts are made at SBT’s residential homes.
Education of children at SBT is need-based and demand-driven. To fulfil these criteria, the Trust employs various modes to educate children including formal and non-formal best suited to their existent knowledge and skills. Wherever possible, the objective is to bring children into mainstream education. The overriding goal, though, is to help children develop into informed, capable, and responsible citizens. To these ends. SBT variously engages with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), formal schools, non-formal education, and bridge courses.

The key objectives of the funded project are:
To ensure access of children in SBT’s residential centres to quality and inclusive education
To provide these children additional educational support bridging the learning gaps they have while they are out of school
To prepare and ready children for mainstream education through formal and open schools
Progress on Key Activities
The proposed intervention for which funding support is being sought is on-going. Following activities are being undertaken as part of the intervention.
Determining suitable mode of education for children: Upon registration of children at Arushi home,the staff members conducted a thorough analysis of their background, present interests and readiness and educational skills. Keeping these as benchmarks, they charted out an educational plan for each child. Mostly girls with substantial educational gaps, were provided bridge classes for preparing and strengthening their academic base. Bridge courses are specifically provided to those children who have suffered breaks in their formal education. The programme provides intensive coaching to such children, aiming to help them re-join formal schooling in a class appropriate to their age. During these courses weekly tests were conducted for children. Additionally debates were conducted to improve their knowledge. Following this, according to girls’ educational level and age they were 4 enrolled in a suitable mode of education. For instance, those girls who were in a school and dropped out for a short span of time were linked to a formal school. In other cases, those children who have been out of school for quite some time were provided bridge course to make them ready to join a school.
Enrolling children in formal schools: The trust lays ample emphasis on linking children to mainstream education. A total of 39 girls were linked to formal schools. These girls were eligible and ready to go to a school and were prepared for the same by Arushi’s in-house teachers. The girls were given adequate guidance by the staff members and were motivated to join a school at the earliest. Following this, the staff members applied for children’s admission in good schools located in the vicinity of the centre. All formalities and documentation was completed by the staff members and educational material, uniform, school fee etc. is sponsored by the trust. The girls linked to formal schools are regularly attending their classes and are being constantly supported to keep pace with the school curriculum.
Enrolling in open schools: A number of children who remain out of school for a large span of their life on streets and do not feel confident and comfortable enough to joining regular schools are taught at the centre by in-house teachers. They are rigorously motivated by the staff members including counsellors to get registered in NIOS and progressively clear Classes 8, 10 and 12 to secure minimum qualification to pursue higher education or respectable job. Such girls at Arushi went through bridge courses and were enrolled in NIOS after the bridge classes were over. Two girls supported by the project have been enrolled in NIOS. A total of six girls from the residential home are presently studying through open schooling.
Providing non-formal education: Apart from the above mentioned cases, some girls rescued from the streets had considerable learning gaps. To address these gaps, children were schooled at the centre through non-formal education (NFE). These classes focus on interesting and interactive learning through a participatory approach. A wide range of techniques are employed under the program, including painting, games, storytelling, papier mache, songs, quizzes, bachchon ki adalat etc. Other activities undertaken under NFE classes include, drawing classes, art and craft, reciting rhymes and practising numbers and alphabets. A total of 12 girls are attending NFE classes at Arushi.
Extending regular in-house educational support: All girls in formal, open and non-formal schools are being provided regular in-house educational support by Arushi teachers. In case of school-going children, the teachers helped them in understanding school curriculum and complete their homework and assignments on a daily basis. For children in open schools, the teachers shared the onus of helping children complete their academic syllabus and prepare them for exams. The in-house teachers remain instrumental in conducting non-formal education and bridge classes for children.
Mapping progress: The academic progress of the children was mapped through written examination in schools and centre. Children were marked on their performance at the centre. The centre staff regularly maintained all the documents including progress reports, attendance registers. Educational coordinator made monitoring visits to map the progress of the children and the centres educational activities on the whole.

Progress Report of some of the Children Supported
Brief overview of progress achieved by girls supported by the project is indicated below.
Manisha – She is presently studying in Class 12 in St. Crispin Senior Secondary school. She is doing well in her studies and working hard to score good marks in internal and board exams. She is also learning Bollywood dancing through Tansen Sangeet Mahavidyalya.
Lovepreet- She is in Class 10 in St. Crispin Senior Secondary school. She is a fast learner and has been excelling in her studies. She is learning to play Guitar from 4 G global institute.
Sophia- Sophia is presently studying in Class 10 through NIOS. She wants to become a chef and is very keen to join hospitality sector.
Monika- Monika is presently in Class 10 in St. Crispin Senior Secondary school. She wants to pursue a course in veterinary sciences after she completes her education. She will be working for an NGO which working for welfare of animals.
Madhu- Madhu is presently doing bridge course. She aspires to pursue a cooking course and become a chef.
Priyanka- Priyanka is presently studying in Class 10 through NIOS. She is also working under City Walk programme of SBT – a walk conducted by children who once lived on the streets depicting problems and challenges they faced. She intends to join theatre in near future.
Abida- is a 12 year old girl she is suffering attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Despite her psychological condition, she performs daily tasks adequately and at present she is enrolled in the Kitty Garden school in Class 4. In future, there are plans to admit her to Edah Special school.
Pinki-Pinki is regularly attending school and is studying in Class 5 in Kitty Garden school. She is doing well in her studies.
Ritu- She is good in studies. She is in Class 5 in Kitty Garden public school.
Heena- Heena recently cleared her Class 10 exams with 6 CGPA. She has opted for humanities as her majors in Class 11.
Asha- Asha is studying in Class 7 in a Government school. She is a bright child who is serious about her studies and aspires to be a police personnel.

Future Plan
In the next half of the year Arushi team is geared to continually provide quality education to the girls, link more and more girls to mainstream education and prepare adolescent girls for vocational training.

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