Dr. A. V. Baliga Memorial Trust
A Brief Overview
Dr. A. V. Baliga Memorial Trust founded by great freedom fighter Bharat Ratna Aruna Asaf Ali is a non profit organization operating its diversified activities in slums and resettlement colonies of National Capital Territory of Delhi and performing various developmental activities comprising livelihood promotion, child rights and protection, education, health, and addressing the issues for the empowerment of youth and women for over four decades. The trust has emerged as a multi-disciplinary organization and focuses on marginalized and disadvantaged people belonging to socio-economically weaker sections of the society especially youth and women for their socio-economic rehabilitation through skills development and vocational training, health and financial inclusion programs since 1968. After relentless effort for over four decades towards the betterment of the less privileged community, the Trust speeded its developmental drive to reach more and more unreached people but with a commitment to adhere to the values and standard set by the organization. Accountability, Transparency and Commitment is an integral part of our development process. Baliga Trust in its indomitable style performed, achieved and contributed to a peaceful, just and friendly society through its pursuits in the sphere of development and liberation.
To endeavor to bring about a secular nationally integrated egalitarian society empowering the disadvantaged through education, awareness and employment opportunities.
To break down barriers of negativity in religion, caste and gender. Education for all, Universalization of elementary education, ensuring the child rights. A secular society in learning and living environment, more employment through focused awareness programs and empowered women.
To create a democratic, non violent, classless society without any discrimination of caste, gender, age, religion, class and race through involving Government, Non Government and Other developmental agencies.
Approaches: The blending of right based and need based approaches is visible in our intervention. These reflect a resolute focus on our commitment to make a difference in the society.
Strategies: Our major strategies for years were advocacy, awareness, capacity building, networking, linkages and service delivery.
Geographical Area: Resettlement, slums and Kachchi colonies of Mangolpuri, Sultanpuri, Narela and Holambikalan in North west District while Bheem Nagar, Nangloi, Nihal Vihar, Prem Nagar Kiradi, Jwalapuri, Udyog Nagar and Khyala and Meerabag in West District and Basti Khwaja Meer Dard in Central District.
Our Major Thrusts:
- Education: The education program consists of five types of interventions – Learning Centers(Bridge course) and Balwadies for preparing out of school children to mainstream them into regular schools, Remedial Classes for retention of children, particularly the girl child in schools, Continuing education Centers (including adult literacy) and Condensed Course Centers for young drop-out girls who yearn to get a formal certification for secondary and higher secondary education. Cluster Resource Center supplements the effort of above mentioned education centers.
- Child Rights: Child Centered Community Development Program– with right based approach towards ensuring the major rights –survival, protection, participation and development of children. Chuppi Todo – Campaign Against Child Sexual Abuse, Campaign Against Child Labour, Because I am a Girl Campaign, Right to Education Campaign.
- Health, Water, Environment and Sanitation: Advocacy, awareness, capacity building, linkages, networking and service delivery as integral part of the intervention. Emphasis on preventive,promotive & curative measures and population education. The focus was on Women and children but all age groups being covered with need based activities. Community and Children Groups such as Cohesive Community Action Groups, Slum Health and Sanitation Team WES monitoring Committee of School children are major stakeholders while a new band of Community Health Volunteers proved to be backbone of health intervention program.
Women Empowerment, Financial Inclusion and Skill development – Financial Inclusion/Banking on Change, Skill enhancement and income generation for under privileged women and youth: Over18000 under privileged women organized in Self Help group and out of that over 7000 women engaged in income generation program over the years. Again, over 2500 young girls are placed in regular jobs. Gender Resource Center, Women solidarity Groups, Self Help Groups, Vocational and job oriented Training programs, income generation activities, financial inclusion, finance literacy, Cooperative society with the aim of empowering women by providing skill enhancement as part of an overall holistic development program as well as adult and continuing education.
- Family counseling and legal literacy: providing counseling and legal support to needy women of the disadvantaged communities backed by awareness camps.
- Art and Craft: providing training and promoting conventional arts.
The values of secularism, national integration and peace pervade all activities of the Trust.
Some remarkable achievements at a glance
Adult Literacy and Continuing Education: Over 20,000 women made literate over the years.
Mainstreaming and retention of out of school children: Over 18,000 out of school children enrolled into regular schools.
Ensured retention of over 10,000 at risk school going children.
Financial Inclusion, Skill enhancement and income generation for under privileged women and youth: Over 18000 under privileged women engaged in Self Help group and out of that over 7000 women engaged in income generation program through over the years. Again, over 2000 youth are placed in regular jobs.
Chuppi Todo – Campaign Against Child Sexual Abuse: The innovative advocacy program to address the issue of child protection especially against Child sexual abuse. Reached over ten million people through live media, TV spots, 95.0 FM Radio, screening of film – Chuppi Todo. Addressing the issue through holistic approach covering children, parents, schools, government and non government stakeholders, civil societies and Police.
Sensitization of Police Personnel for child protection: over 5000 Police personnel at Police Station level were sensitized on Juvenile Justice Act and POCSO Act in a period of three years. The Trust is a resource agency for Outer District to train and sensitize Police Personnel.
Reaching unreached through Mobile health Unit: Over1,00,000 under privileged patients especially women and children were benefitted in a period of three years through static Health Clinics and Mobile Health Van.
Networks, Technical Alliances and Collaborations
- CHILD RIGHTS FOR WORLD SOCIAL FORUM (the Trust is Convener)
- CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD LABOUR – DELHI (Co -convener and hosts the Secretariat).
- Delhi State Co-operative Societies
- JAN SWASTHYA ABHIYAN – DELHI (Co -convener)
- INDIAN ADULT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION.
- NEENV – FORCES, DELHI
- State Resource Center, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
- PAC – DIET, Dariaganj, Delhi
The Trust has had the privilege of partnership with the following organizations:
- Plan International/Plan India
- HPS Social Welfare Foundation.
- Integrated Village Development Trust, U.K.
- Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.
- Directorate of Education, Delhi.
- Delhi Social Welfare Advisory Board.
- Central Social Welfare Board
- Directorate of Social Welfare
- State Resource Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia
- National Institute of Urban Affairs.
- Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.
- Concern India Foundation.
- Delhi Commission for Women.
- Reach India (USAID)
- Terre des Hommes –(Germany) India Program
- Penguin Books India Ltd.
- Isle of Man, U.K.
- TEACH India, Times of India
- Save the Children – Bal Raksha Bharat
Board of Trustees:
Mrs. Binoo Sen. Retd. IAS, – President
Mrs. Ranjana Ray, Founder Member Secretary
Dr. (Ms.) Varsha Das – Ex Director, National Book Trust
Advocate Jitender Sharma, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court
Mrs. Amarjeet Kaur, Social worker and Activist
Mrs. Sarla Sharma, Social worker and Activist
Mr. Samiur Rahman, Treasurer
Dr. Koninika Ray, Social worker and Activist
Mr. Ashok Kumar, Ex officio Member,
Dr A V Baliga Memorial Trust
Patriot House, 3 BSZ Marg
Press Area, New Delhi – 111 002