Currently MUKTI is raising funds for
• Karm Marg, a home for street children near Delhi, that is led by the children themselves and provides holistically for their education and care.
• NAZ home in Delhi for abandoned children who are HIV poisitive or have AIDS.
• Centrepoint - Charity for homeless people in the UK.
• Launchpad, Reading - helping homeless people in Reading
Karm Marg was founded in 1997 by Veena Lal. Veena was a social worker who was helping street children particularly in the area around the Delhi railway station and red-light district. One of her concerns became the lack of adequate orphanages and the high runaway rate from the orphanages that there were. Children might enter institutions when they were battered enough and hungry enough but the runaway rate was extremely high. She started Karm Marg – which means 'The Way of Action' – in a small room near the station where street children could come for care and attention. She realised that children who have lived on the street develop enormous independence and a certain street-smart intelligence that did not fit well with a conventional orphanage. An Indian family trust familiar with their work gave them the capital to buy land, and Karm Marg – the home for street children, organised and run by the children themselves – was born. The home on the land was provided for by a Dutch funding agency. Veena still facilitates, guides and cares for the children, but they set the rules and provide for their own and each other's well-being. The dream of the children who founded that first home was to start a village for street children, a place where any child who wished to come off the streets and contribute to a community would be welcome. A lack of funds leaves that an unrealised dream, and at the moment the home houses just 40 children. This number will rise over the next year as building work has now been completed on extra dormitories. The Karm Marg family is growing up: we have now had our first child married, and last year our first child entered university.
Social worker Anjali Gopalan returned to Delhi after working in the States for some time. She immediately got involved with both social care and activism for the growing HIV/AIDS community in India. Naz – which means 'Pride' – was formed and became a large and vocal organisation on behalf of the community. Anjali did warn that care would have to become part of their work at some point and the Naz Care Home was founded when the first child, discovered to be HIV Positive, was left on their doorstep. The Naz Care Home provides 24-hour medical care, housing, caring and education for 36 children. Some children arrive in a terrible condition, near death. Due to their excellent programme that encompasses nutrition and conventional medicine, only two children have died. In 2007 Naz lost their funding and appealed to MUKTI for assistance. They then became the 2nd home in India we started supporting.
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