The Association for Sushila Devi Foundation for the Privileged is an energetic and progressive agency that has provided a variety of services to Women & childcare, to families and to children since 2009. Our mission is to serve poor & Under-Privileged Men/Women and Children in India. SDFTP is a non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered under the Societies Registration Act (XII) of 1860
The main purpose lies in building an old age home with an orphanage where the elderly between ages 55-75 voluntarily help the institution to provide children with care and education. The intention is to have a place where the children and the elderly can co-habit and provide a home environment for each other. The home will also have activities such as cottage industry or teaching, where the elderly can earn a living and live with dignity. The old people home will be self-sufficient in most ways and environment friendly. They will have their own power generation through wind/hydro energy; grow their own vegetables, poultry, dairy etc. These additional factors will provide the elderly and the children a life in a healthy and nurturing environment.
When the old are unable to stay with their families or are destitute, they can experience feelings of security and self-worth. It will also keep their mind-body faculties active and help them to use their free time creatively. Similarly, instead of missing a family life, orphans and homeless children can grow up in a caring and happy environment. This combines the problems of the aged and the orphans and solves it through a simple yet effective solution.
Collaborating NGOs and communities across India over the past three decades, SDFTP has conclusively proven that sustainable change is possible. This is true only when communities have the information and the motivation to come together to fight for their children’s rights. That child rights cannot be ensured unless families have their livelihoods assured. That more critical than economic input is governance. Briefly, SDFTP believes in child rights for three reasons – because the alternatives are ineffective, illegal and unjust. To ensure a step in the right direction, we urge to each of you to start by thinking of children in their entirety, as citizens with rights guaranteed to them in the Constitution of India as well as when India signed the UN Child Rights Charter in 1992. Children are not objects of sympathy or our charity, however well intentioned, but citizens with the same rights that we consider our due.
Background and context
To enable a change on a significant scale, we need to believe, really believe, that every child, regardless of birth and circumstances is truly equal. That we realize that each child who does not have access to a real education, each child who is compelled to work for a living, each child who is killed, neglected, abused or exploited represents a far more serious violation of our constitution, equivalent to a crime.
To build a home where elderly people club together with orphans and voluntarily take care of an orphan.
We have learned that the only way to make lasting change happen is to adopt what we call the ‘child rights approach’. Stripped of all jargon, what this entails is:
- First, We want to look at children’s issues in their entirety, rather than through the narrow prisms of education, health, child labor, child abuse, foeticide/infanticide etc.
- Then we seek the underlying root causes of the deprivation-gender, caste, livelihoods, displacement and the like
- Finally, mobilizing each local community to find long-term solutions to these problems by ensuring the relevant laws and policies that guarantee their rights are actually implemented.
- Identify Land for Construction
- Start construction work
- Have staffing in place to run the home
- Upon construction completion, get elderly people and orphans