Indeed, what would happen to the little girls abandoned on our streets? They are prey to hunger, dirt, disease and assault and their numbers are appalling. We are privileged to have created a shelter for these girls, who are brought to us by various civic agencies; we ensure their care, development and the restoration of their dignity with their eventual integration into society. The project is aptly named Divya Prabha â€“ A Ray of Hope.
Divya Prabha â€“
THE RAY OF HOPE SHELTER FOR GIRLS
Divya Prabha – a Ray of Hope for girls abandoned on the streets – first saw the light of day on June 12, 1999 in a small room at Vartak Nagar, Pokhran, Thane, with six little girls. Pulling these children out of a vagrant life, without boundaries, and helping them adjust to a real home was indeed a challenging task. It was difficult to heal the wounds of a traumatized and deprived existence; we needed to establish trust, understanding, sharing and friendly interaction where earlier the â€˜rule of survivalâ€™ prevailed.
Time and patience have resulted in a model of social outreach which continues to expand. Today, the girls are placed in three houses, Thane, Vasai and Agra. The younger girls reside at Thane and the teenagers live at Vasai in two homes, divided between the school-goers and the older girls. The â€˜seed groupâ€™ now helps in the bonding of newcomers, and the ripples of grace are spreading ever wider, ever outwards. The senior-most girls are now gainfully employed and find fulfillment in the work that they do in far ranging areas from beauticians to lawyers and teachers.
At Divya Prabha, our girls are given a sound environment, educated and helped to develop to their fullest so that they can take their rightful place in the world.
DIVYA PRABHA CONCENTRATES ON FOUR AREAS –
Rehabilitation: Counselling, Recreation, Health & Hygiene, Confidence building.
Basic Needs: Food, Clothing, Shelter, Education
Livelihood: Vocational Training, Developing Talent
Environment Building: Family Interaction, NGO Interaction, Celebration of all ethnic festivals, Advocacy / Repatriation
We look forward to all the help we can get and we will be glad to answer your queries or give you any additional information that you may require.