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A Gala to Remember 17 December , 2012

They came, they schmoozed, they ate delicious food, they listened, they questioned, they connected. World Faith’s 2012 Winter Gala was a success! We welcomed out of town and in town guests to enjoy an evening of food, fun, and faitheism. Set on the eighth night of Chanukah, World Faith friends, family, and supporters graciously gathered to hear our honorary guest, Chris Stedman, speak about the contents of his new book, Faitheist.

As the guests gathered their food and drinks, conversation quickly subsided as Chris Stedman took the podium. With a humble demeanor and a wisdom ahead of his time, Stedman shared his inspiring story of a former Evangelical Christian turned atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious.  The guests listened carefully with a curious attentiveness, as it was clear that Stedman’s narrative had something rare and crucial to teach us all. After he wrapped up, the attendees asked insightful questions, furthering the discussion of the complexity, yet importance of including atheists, religious, and those everywhere in between in the interfaith movement.

After Stedman’s presentation, we listened intently as World Faith Executive Director, Frank Fredericks, shared some exciting updates of World Faith, including an inspiring video of World Faith India’s Rainbow School for slum children. We all came away with full tummies, signed books, thoughtful answers, and even better questions.




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: Chilla Update 7 May , 2012

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On July 18, 2011 the DDA (Delhi Development Authority) demolished shanties and a school in Chilla. World Faith New Delhi managed 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 150 children. Although World Faith New Delhi has successfully rebuild the school their struggle against the DDA authorities continues. A report from Chapter Director Shakeel Basha.

On April 25, 2012, at around 11.30 am, DDA officials , along with a huge deployment of policeman, and three bulldozers started the process of demolition in Chilla Khadar, Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Metro Station. Earlier in 2011, some parts of this area, including a school, were already demolished. As per DDA norms, officials are obliged to provide prior notice to the residents before demolition. Needless to say that the Chilla residents were not informed in advance. As a result, the they were taken completely off-guard, most of them working on the nearby fields.

When the helpless residents tried to save their belongings, they were repelled by the police. More than 100 families have suffered a huge loss of property. Even their source of water, a hand pump, was destroyed by the authorities. The Chilla residents are now deprived of basic amenities like shelter, drinking water, sanitary facilities, etc.

Most of the residents living in Chilla are migrants who moved from villages and tribal belts of UP, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh to Delhi in search of livelihood. Most males work in the nearby fields as agricultural labourers, growing vegetables. Women migrants work as maid-servants in the nearby middle class households of Mayur Vihar. Earning a meagre income this people can’t afford renting houses in established slums or JJ cluster.

When the people of Chilla came to know that a demolition is likely to happen they approached World Faith India. We filed a PIL in Delhi High Court on April 11, 2012. After a hearing in court the judge granted a one week delay on the demolition and instructed the DDA to file a status report. In the next hearing the judge ordered the DDA (though orally) to maintain status quo till they file a status report.

But before the status report was filed, the DDA came with bulldozers to demolish the Chilla shanties. DDA officials refused to listen to us when we told them to contact the DDA lawyer of Delhi High. World Faith New Delhi brought the case before the judge. The judge called the DDA and granted to restrain orders on demolition. The injunction finally made the DDA stop the demolition – too late for all the families who lost their shanties.

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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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