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Demolition of Kidwai Nagar Slum, New Delhi 18 June , 2012

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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) demolished 25-30 shelters in the slum of Kidwai Nagar. World Faith India managed to call a hold to the demolition presenting an official court order asking the MCD to leave the slum.


News from New Delhi, Homeless Residents protest outside DUSIB office 11 June , 2012

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In a bid to wake up the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) out of their slumber, CityMakers and Civil Society Organisations under the banner of Shahri Adhikar Manch – Begharon Ke Saath (SAM-BKS) protested against DUSIB’s insolent nature and their unwillingness to provide basic facilities like fans, drinking water, mosquito coils and proper sanitation in the shelters. With desperation clear on their faces, about 100 CityMakers took to streets in the sultry heat of Delhi on June 8, 2012 and demanded to know till when such acts of brutality will continue against the poorest of the poor?

The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi had directed the government to provide basic facilities urgently in all the shelters in its order dated May 31, 2012. However, DUSIB has paid no heed.

CityMakers, who belonged to different areas in Delhi like – Lodi Road, Jama Masjid, Yamuna Pusta, Mori Gate, Karol Bagh, & near Akshardham temple, questioned the authorities that with summer at its peak, when will DUSIB understand their plight? The anger in CityMakers was evident as one said that he has fallen ill because of mosquito bites. And to make matters worse, he doesn’t even have water to drink.

Commenting on the situation, indu prakash singh of Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) said, “This is truly outrageous, violating the human rights of CityMakers (Homeless Residents). The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, has issued orders dated 31st May, 2012 mentioning SAM – BKS affidavit filed on 15th May, 2012, adducing its own orders dated, 25th May, 2011 to immediately provide for fans, safe drinking water, mosquito coils etc.”

Not only has DUSIB failed to provide basic facilities in the shelters, the board has taken no action to modify the tin shelters and make them suitable for all weathers. The situation is such that on one hand the tents have collapsed and on the other tin shelters continue to be furnace. Under such circumstances

CityMakers are left with no choice but to sleep on streets.

Later, members of the protest met DUSIB officials and handed a memorandum of their demands. Amit Kumar Sharma, Nodal Officer, Night Shelter DUSIB ensured that by June 15, 2012 all the demands of the CityMakers would be met. Mr. Kumar also told the CityMakers that by evening (i.e. by June 8 evening) he would circulate names and phone numbers of the all civil engineers who will be responsible for providing electricity connections and fans in the shelters. And that he would write to Delhi Jal Board to provide water on regular basis. On such assurances CityMakers called off their protest but informed the officials that if DUSIB was only paying lip-service, then they will not hesitate in organizing more protests.


News from World Faith Delhi 6 June , 2012

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World Faith India: Rainbow Schools Give Hope to Slum Children 15 May , 2012


World Faith New Delhi trains Medical Attendants 12 May , 2012

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World Faith New Delhi trained ten homeless in a Hospital Attendant Program. This training puts them in the position to find dignified jobs in private hospitals.


World Faith New Delhi celebrates 63rd Republic Day 10 May , 2012

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Schoolchildren of the Rainbow School in New Delhi celebrating the 63rd Rebublic Day.


World Faith India: New Delhi Update 3 January , 2012

After the DDA demolished a school in Chilla on July 18th 2011, World Faith New Delhi is happy to share that the Chilla Khadar children have received shelter in order to continue their education. In order to acquire a shelter, the chapter filed a PIL and received some favorable orders, but these orders were not implemented. The chapter continued to follow up with DUSIB and MNGO in order to install a Porta Cabin at Chilla. A Porta Cabin is usually meant for night shelter, however, the chapter is using it in the day time to informally school the children. More than 150 children that were living on the streets are now attending this informal school. Here are some pictures that illustrate the progress that has been made! A special thanks to Sanjay, Aarti, Doug, Shalini , Shehla and Jayshree for helping in this struggle. Let’s hope the DDA doesn’t come and demolish it again!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year! This chapter had a great start to the new year, and we hope you all do as well!

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Indians win faith fellowship for first time 19 May , 2011

Four Indians have been selected for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s youth leadership programme, Faiths Act Fellowship, the first time that the country finds representation among 30 fellows.

The year-long fellowship pairs each young person with someone of another faith to undertake practical work in local communities to help tackle global poverty. These youngsters will be tasked with building understanding between different religious communities by mobilising them around the common cause of eradicating deaths from malaria, which this year alone caused more than 750,000 unnecessary deaths.

The four Indian Fellows will work together in interfaith pairs with two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in New Delhi for the next year.

Aparajita Bharti, a 21-year-old Buddhist from Vikas Puri is going to be paired with Sarmistha Pattanayak, a 24-year-old Hindu from Bhubaneswar. Ayesha Nusrat, a 22-year-old Muslim from New Delhi will be linked with Rohit S, a 21-year-old Hindu from Bangalore. They will receive a month of training in London before starting their year-long interfaith service.



French Volunteers with Humari Dunya visit Rainbow School in New Delhi 18 December , 2009

Here is the story of some volunteers from the Humary Dunya exchange who went to India to work with the World Faith New Delhi Chapter.  Here is what they had to say:

At 5 PM, we joined Shakeel in front of the station of Old Delhi. After taking the subway to its terminus, we reached an area that we did not know and it was already dark. We felt a little lost but fortunately Shakeel guided us. After a while, we took a small road that plunged into darkness.

Gradually, as we walked, we found people gathered around fires, children playing in the waste piles of garbage, and finally, a tangle of sheets and plastic sheeting … The entrance of the slum where 2,000 people live in an extreme poverty. We followed Shakeel in the maze of tiny alleys to a small door, a dark and narrow staircase and finally a small room of just 15 sq meters opened to the winds: the school ! We had gone through such dark places, met people so dirty and so poor, seen as waste and misery. Now, we arrived in this small room where forty children smiled us! An emotion never felt before!

Three walls decorated with posters were enough to house the only school of the slum. The children were huddled against each other, sitting on the floor, watching a computer. We have therefore taken place among the children and we have discussed with Shakeel and the schoolmaster. Here, the school is in the evening for two hours. If the school has such schedules it’s because most of the children work during the day. All these children come from Bengal (a state in eastern India), their families came to Delhi with the hope of earning more money. Now they live in these slums and remain extremely poor. The government school is too expensive for the parents who have no other choice but to make their children work to earn enough money to feed the whole family. The children then spend their days in the bins for sorting waste to sell a few pieces of plastic. Fortunately, the night school allows them to learn to read and write, so that one day they can get out of this misery.
There are thousands, millions of people living in these conditions in India. They are excluded from society and try to survive day by day. Despite this misery, we were welcomed very warmly and we have never felt that we were in danger. It is very hard to describe the emotions we felt. We were two rich western people facing these children so poor. A great meeting!

Shakeel and his Haq NGO’s have created several such schools in other slums. His actions give hope for a better life to hundreds of children. We do not talk enough about these people who act in the shade and do so much to help others! Today, Shakeel is looking for some volunteers to work in these schools and for some donors to improve the working conditions of the children … Any takers?

If you want to see our reports about the interfaith meeting and the heritage school, you can go on our website: