Basti Vikas Kendra developing slum in Delhi’s Munshiram Colony

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Source: Seva-English      Date: 31 Jan 2013 17:11:55

$img_titleMunshiram Colony was like yet another slum among New Delhi’s countless wretched localities where people lived in a most pathetic and unhygienic conditions since decades. Their financial status was too poor to afford a better living for themselves. They faced innumerable difficulties and hardships in providing better education to their wards. The financial constraints forced them to work hard at the cost of their health!

Here Seva Bharati activists came to their rescue some two decades ago. Since then, there has been a lot of improvement in their overall life standard. Seva Bharati started a health care center and a school for the children of these hapless laborers.

Pramila Pophali, Chief of Chhatrasaal District Mahila Mandal says: “Over 300 students are studying in this school of Seva Bharati at present. Besides, a Balwadi, Sanskar Kendra, Sewing center for women and coaching classes are also conducted as part of daily activity by the Seva Bharati activists”.

Students of Delhi University and Times Group support the free tuition classes for students of standard X. Drawing and craft material is provided as and when required by the teachers of schools like Srijan Public School.

A health care centre under the auspices of Dr Hedgewar Medical Foundation has been rendering yeoman services to the needy people of this colony. The health care center is well equipped with modern medical apparatus and equipments. Besides, training and counseling in yoga and physical exercises is also provided by the experts.

There is well equipped gym set up by the Seva Bharati for the youth of the locality. The gym has latest machines including walker, vibrator belt, massager, weight reduction equipment etc. Mangatram and his wife Anita Bai look after the gymnasium with special care.

Dr D G Agrawal and Dr Ajay Soni have specially earned the confidence and respect of the people due to their kind nature, excellent skills and expertise in treating the patients.

“I have lost 10 kgs and my diabetes is also under control, says Lokesh Gulati, who received a treatment at the center here.

A couple of health check up camps is prominently organized each month. Pathological tests for blood glucose, dental tests and eye examinations are conducted. People from far off places come to avail the treatment here. Social organizations like Marwari Yuva Manch, Hans Charitable Trust, Lions’ Club, Durga Hospital, Ahuja Eye Clinic and banks including Allahabad Bank and Punjab National Bank support the health care activities in the locality.

Many years ago Tulsidas, a senior karyakarta of Seva Bharati had dreamt of transforming the lives of these people. Now Seva Bharati translated his dream into a shining reality. Tulsidas’ daughter Kiran worked here for many years as supervisor. Other teachers like Rupa, Geeta, Hema, Pushpalala and Manjeet, these people developed interest in education and earned great appreciation for them.

The former students of Suresh Bal Kendra have now started a computer training institute in the locality heralding the new dawn for the people of this neglected locality. They have now realized the importance of cleanliness, hygiene, and regular study. It is said that the hands that help are holier than the lips that pray. Seva Bharati has set up an example by its service activities in this locality by accomplishing the seemingly difficult task of transforming the lives of the people.

Basti Vikas Kendra
Munshiram Colony
Near Mukherjee Nagar
Delhi- 11 00 09
Phone- 011-23345014, 23742336
Fax:- 011-23345918
Email:- [email protected].

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