Apr 23, 2018

report on shelter home

Salaam Baalak Trsut’s Udaan Residential Centre for Girls supports girls rescued from streets and difficult circumstances. At the Centre, the girls are provided a comprehensive package of services including food and nutrition, education, health, vocational training and rehabilitation. With the valuable donor support, education, health and other services are provided to a girl named Kashish at Udaan.




Progress Update



Age- 13 years



Kashish, along with her sister was transferred from Arushi Residential Centre of SBT in Gurugram, Haryana to Udaan Centre o the order of Child Welfare Committee as the she hails from Delhi. She has a sociable personality and is popular amongst her peers. Kashish is a bright effervescent child. The staff has been friendly and encouraging with her because of which she has settled well in Udaan and has even made friends with girls of her age and has reciprocated well with the staff members.


Kashish’s father was suffering from a terminal disease. Her mother without any financial support and source of income was not in a position to raise her both daughters living on the streets. The mother was then presented before the Child Welfare Committee, where she emphatically expressed her inability to provide for her daughters adequately and desperately hoped to protect the rights of her daughter to education and health. Thus, she made the difficult choice of sending her daughters to child protection institutions. The Committee then directed the admission of Kashish and her sister to Arushi Centre, from where they were transferred to Udaan Residential Centre. In spite of initial teething problems, the Arushi and Udaan teams were able to build a strong rapport with Kashish and she adjusted well to the Udaan Centre’s environment. Kashish has been performing well in her studies and other activities of the Centre.


Academic Performance

Kashish is doing well in academics; she is studying in VII standard at Birla Arya Sr.Sec School. She is a bright and sincere student. She takes a keen interest in project and activities of both the Centre and school.She is an obedient girl, a fast learner and always eager to learn new things.She also blends in well in different groups which is why she excels at group activities such as group studies and assignments


Extracurricular Activities

Kashish also excels in extra-curricular activities. She loves to dance and participates in the extracurricular activities of the Centre. She is an amazing theatre and dance artist. She took part in Salaam Baalak Trust's annual theatre production in 2017 as the lead actor. She received silver medal for exceptional achievement - 2017 by Government of India.

Future Planning

The team plans to enroll her in a good private school in near future if she continues to show consistent improvement in academics.The team will also be enrolling her into a dance class ensuring that she strikes a balance between her studies and extracurricular activities.


Feb 5, 2018

updates from the girls home - gurgaon delhi

IntroductionWith the valuable grants of Select City Walk, Salaam Baalak Trust has brought a transformation in the lives of girls rescued from streets and difficult circumstances. Living in the child-friendly environment of Arushi residential centre, these girls have shown immense progress in academics and extra-curricular activities in the year 2017. The girls’ continued to improve their personalities and are excelling in various latent talent development and vocational training courses. Progress UpdateA detailed overall progress update of various activities and performance of girls is provided below.



The girls at the residential centre are being supported through a pliable education programme to cater to individual needs of the girls. The different modes of education offered at the centre include formal schooling, non-formal education and open schooling. Teachers with the support of the volunteers took regular classes for children. The academic performance of each child at the centre is mapped by the in-house teachers. Additionally a monthly education report is being sent to the Executive Council to show the progress of the children.


To improve children’s general knowledge quiz and debates were organised. Career counseling workshops were conducted to streamline children’s higher education choices and guide them on the possible avenues for vocational training. The girls who are pursuing higher studies secured more than 80% in Class 12.


Food and Nutrition

The girls were provided three hot cooked and nutritious meals at the centre. 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 organised 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.   



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 organised at the centre to cover all children. Two dental camps and one eye camp was organised for children.


Skill Development and Job Placement

The girls who are above 18 and/or have passed Class 10 opt for vocational training. Presently the girls are pursuing beauty culture training, guitar classes, piano classes, classical singing and dancing, sketching classes, photoshop editing, English speaking classes



In the last year three a number have been rehabilitated. Many of them are pursuing higher studies and have successfully stepped into adult life. The centre team organised a lunch party for the rehabilitated girls to bid them farewell and assure them of extended support from the team. The staff members also ensure regular follow up of the children. The details of various girls who have been rehabilitated are as follows.

  • Roma, Jyoti, Yashmin and Rani are pursuing higher studies in reputed universities.
  • Salma was rehabilitated on 25/11/2017. She working a beautician in a reputed parlor.
  • Poornima was rehabilitated on 25/11/2017. She working a beautician in a reputed parlor.
  • Surbhi was rehabilitated on 21/4/2017. She working as a store helper in a retail shop.
  • Preeti was rehabilitated on 21/4/2017. She working a peer educator in one of SBT’s day care centres.
  • Ruhi was rehabilitated on 28/8/2017. She a tour guide in SBT’s City Walk programme.


Extra-Curricular Activities and Celebrations

The children engaged in following extracurricular activities in the last year.

  • Monthly birthday celebration  of the girls
  • Girls went for different activities during the summer camp
  • Movie outings
  • Girls celebrated all the festivals with great fun and enthusiasm. 
  • Girls went to Sattal, Uttarakhand for a trip. The girls went for natural trails and participated in various life skill sessions.  
  • The girls  visit an old age home once in 15 days.
  • 15 girls are going for football classes arranged by bank of America.
  • 5 girls  have been to Ranikhet for fun camp with Parvah Team . 


While working with the girls rescued from streets and managing the centre, the team faces the following challenges.

  • Communication gap with the Child Welfare Committee overseeing the enrollment and transfer of girls rescued to residential centres. Detailed legal discussions on provisions on various juvenile legislations is done to ensure that the rights of the girls rescued are protected and they get an opportunity to stay in safe shelter home.
  • In the context of education of girls, many girls find it difficult to cope up with the curriculum of age appropriate classes for this the team is planning to provide proper bridge course to these girls.
  • Dealing with the needs of special children. Since most of the staff members are unaware about the needs.

Future Plans

The centre team has envisioned following plans to improve the functioning of the centre.

Jan 22, 2018

Update from the girls shelter - ARUSHI


Inspired by Mira Nair's film 'Salaam Bombay' in 1988, Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) grew out of Nukkad – a street-based intervention programme that began working with street children in and around New Delhi Railway Station.


A sense of security – be it a safe sleeping place, a small cupboard to store their personal belongings, a somewhat set pattern to life (e.g. regulated timings for food, study, play, roll call and going to bed etc.) gives the children an environment to be creative and grow naturally, yet instills in them the idea of discipline and hard work to achieve their dreams. Once the sheer struggle for survival is over, only then can they begin to articulate and work towards their future.


Understanding their need for security, nutrition, and opportunities, SBT started a full-care residential program called Arushi children’s home in Gurgaon. This Home was specially designed to cater to all aspects of a child friendly home- ventilation, amphitheatre, open space around the building for playing, classrooms and dormitories. Arushi is an initiative to offer 24 hour shelter to girls between the ages of 5 years to 18 years living on the streets. The children Home consists of 56 beds for children in 4 dormitories. Each dormitory has 14 beds. Each dormitory is attached with toilet and bathroom. There is kitchen and dining space. There is a medical Van for children in need of medical service.


With the support of the donor, Arushi home is getting support for education, vocational and skill training and rehabilitation. The present report provides an overview of the above mentioned activities.


Progress Update

In the reporting period the girls at Arushi, have been actively pursuing education, vocational training and skill development, apart from extracurricular activities and life skills. Most of the girls in the home have acclimatized to the environment and have gelled well with each other and the staff members. The elder girls have successfully formulated their future career plans with the counsellor and they are actively adhering to these plans.





Education: Linking girls to education, set them on a path of intellectual development, school-based socialization and career preparation is a focal area for Arushi team. The effort is to first generate girls’ interest towards studies through non-formal education and once they feel they are ready, they are linked to formal education through regular and open schools. A key feature of the design of educational intervention at Arushi is that it is need-based and pliable as opposed to one fits all model. This remains a major reason behind successfully linking all children who come to the home to education. Additionally once the girls are enrolled in regular schools, they receive consistent support from qualified in-house teachers at Arushi. This helps them in keeping pace with the school curriculum.


In the reporting quarter, a total of 62 girls were linked to education. Of these 27 girls were linked to formal schools, while 26 girls were taught through non-formal methods and nine girls were enrolled in National Institute of Open School.


Food: Three hot cooked meals are provided to all the girls. Besides that the girls are provided evening nutrition to girls on daily basis and the team also work towards provision of healthy food and snacks as evening nutrition in donation.Special nutrition is provided to the children who are unwell. Most of the girls in the centre are growing normally with increments in height and weight as per recommended growth standards.


Health: Medical check-up of children is conducted two to three times a month.Medical investigation is done within 15 days of registration of a child in the centre and a health performa is regularly filled and maintained.Regular mental health and life skill sessions are taken at group and individual levels.In the reporting period through health check-ups of 80 girls was done.


Psychological Support: Every child has been covered under individual psychological sessions were conducted. Individual sessions helped children cope with daily stressors. Group sessions were also organised.  These sessions encouraged girls to strengthen self-understanding and engage in introspection. The session helped children to share their ideas and thoughts and boosted their self-confidence.


Vocational Training and Skill Development: The overarching goal of vocational training and skill development is to prepare the girls for an independent adult life. It is recognised that even if the girls have minimum educational qualification to be eligible for jobs, their chances of being employed would increase if they have specific vocational or skill training. Towards this end, the girls who have turned 16 years or completed Class 10 are offered opportunities to join various vocational or skill development courses. The career counsellor at SBT helps to match girls’ interest and capacities to suitable courses to find a best fit. Accordingly, girls are enrolled in different courses.


In the reporting quarter, 23 girls were linked to vocational training courses. The popular choices for these courses was beauty culture, cookery and bakery.


Apart from this, both younger and elder girls who show inclination towards performing arts are linked to various skill development courses. Presently, girls have been enrolled in varied courses ranging from classical dancing, guitar playing to drawing.


Rehabilitation: The process of rehabilitation of girls begins when they are about turn 18 years old. This is the time when they are prepared to step out of the protective milieu of the children’s home and start a life of their own. The team conducts one to one sessions with the girls to prepare them for stepping out of the home and live on their own. Regular counselling sessions are also conducted by the counsellor. The girls are supported by the staff members to find a suitable accommodation and they are also provided utensils, gas stove and bedding to make a smooth transition to an unfurnished place. In this quarter, seven girls were rehabilitated.


Repatriation: The team put efforts to reunite girls with their families. In the reporting period, 38 girls were repatriated from March 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 with due permission from CWC. The team established strong networking ties with all legal stakeholders.The team also organised quarterly stakeholder meetings to further strengthen these networks.


Future Plan

In the year 2017, the staff members are working towards preparing the supported girls for higher and vocational education and job placement. The staff members are assisting the girls in learning supplementary skills such as computers, English speaking and typing and also building their confidence to lead an independent life.

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