| Dec 19, 2022
Boys shelter home - AASRA Home for boys
Aasra is the first shelter home started by SBT in 2004. With a capacity of 50 children, it caters to
boys aged between 5 to 18 years. It is located in Najafgarh, New Delhi. Aasra home is a
recognized institution for vulnerable children in Delhi, registered as a child care institution
under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015.
Number of children
there were 52 boys that availed the Aasra facility.
Education is an integral component of SBT programme and very important for children living or
coming to shelters from difficult circumstances.
Non-Formal Education: All 52 children who availed this shelter facility were involved in non-
formal education classes. Dedicated teachers and volunteers conducted the NFE classes.
School: 41 children were admitted to regular schools and they are attending the classes regularly. All children were promoted to the next class after yearly examinations. 1 child passed the 10 th level (CBSE). National Institute of Open Schooling: 1 child was enrolled in the NIOS, which is a formal education.
Vocational Training: 2 children are in vocational training and the process of rehabilitation upon attaining adulthood is on. 1 boy is going for vocational training at Tech Mahindra Institute.
Children with special needs
2 children with special needs were placed with Muskaan in a vocational education programme.
SBT staff availed government ‘disability certificate’ for 1 child with special needs and 2 more are
2 children with special needs participated in the Delhi Special Olympic Games in Delhi.
SBT medical team, including doctors, visited the shelter home regularly, checked children and
prescribed medical treatments for children with health issues. A dental clinic and health camp
was also organised in the home in this period.
Mental health programme is important component of SBT health care and dedicated mental
health professionals conduct group and individual sessions with the children. In this period, IQ
tests were done for 10 children in RML Hospital and Amar Jyoti Foundation.
COVID-19 Crisis Relief
Aadhaar Card provision
SBT organised a camp at Aasra home to facilitate the provision of Aadhaar Card (unique
identity) to children living in the home. This will not only provide a legitimate identity to these
children but also help in availing various government schemes and facilities of the government.
Restoration to families
In this period 4 children were restored to their families from this shelter home.
Important events like festivals are celebrated in all children’s homes run by SBT.
Story of Change
A child D had left his home and family for some work in 2019. During that time a rally was
taking place and the boy joined the participants but soon he forgot the way home and could
not return home. D reached near Dwarka Sector 12 metro station while walking. And he was
found by Delhi Police personnel. When D was asked about his home and family, he could not
give any relevant information because he had an intellectual disability with speech delay. After
presenting the child before the district Child Welfare Committee, D was sent to the NGO Asha
Mission for Care and Protection. After sometime, the child was transferred to SBT Aasra
children’s home of SBT at Najafgarh because that shelter/ NGO was closed.
After D arrived at Aasra home, a number of counselling sessions were organised for him. Also, a
lot of effort was made to know the whereabouts of the child’s family, especially through the
Track the Missing Child but no information was found about the child. During the process of
making Aadhar Cards for the children at Aasra home, one of the Aadhar officials provided a lead
to D’s family. Soon SBT came to know D’s family is located at Patel Nagar, Delhi. When D’s
family was contacted, the family members informed that the child was missing for almost 3
years and they lodged a missing person report in the police station. Soon D was handed over to
the family as per the orders of the Child Welfare Committee. The child is very happy to be back
in the family.
1. Challenge of dealing with children with special needs in the home, which
includes hearing and speech impairment children and also children with
physical impairment. These children need special attention and therapies.
SBT has limited resources and expertise for such children.
2. There are less number of government hospitals near to Aasra children’s
3. Difficulties in rehabilitation of 17+ year old children with special needs, as
there are very few facilities for such young people.