The Rotary Club of Delhi Garden City has been associated with the Basti Vikas Kendra in Srinivaspuri, Delhi since 1999. The school comprises of a small courtyard flanked by 2 class rooms, a small kitchen and a bathroom.
The Slum School caters to about 60 children of casual laborers living in the adjacent slums and who belong to the economically weaker and backward sections of society. With both their parents having to go out to earn a day's living, these children, 3 to 6 years in age, receive a full day's care at this facility, including primary education, mid-day meals, uniforms, toys, medical check-ups, festival celebrations etc.
In the last 2 years, our club has donated equipment like slides/see-saws under a District Simplified Grant to this slum school. The school walls have been reinforced with additional fencing & gates repaired to prevent children from the neighboring slums scaling the boundary walls & entering the school premises during & after school hours.
An extensive rennovation and infrastructure improvement was undertaken in 2013. Renovations included painting the school, installation of tiles, tables/chairs, electrical and masonry repairs, and fixing the windows. A pictorial report of the renovation project can be found here.
From time-to-time we have donated supplies to the children at the Slum School such as tiffin boxes, water bottles, etc. In 2012, we arranged for the donation of surplus equipment (blankets, linen, etc) from the US Embassy's Property Management Office.
Every year we aim to enroll all eligible children to the formal education system, usually a primary school run by the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi). In 2011-12, 40 children were admitted to regular schools in the vicinity.
The Slum School project of RC Delhi Garden City was awarded the Significant Achievement Award by Rotary International in 2008-09.
Annual Celebration of Basti Schools Nov 2014