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Every year we read about how the number of homeless people living on the streets of Delhi is steadily on the rise-surprisingly enough, there is no concrete data on the number of homeless people on the streets of Delhi. The figures vary from 25,000 to 1,50,000 persons. Every year, we read about a large number of homeless people dying due to the extreme weather conditions in the city-According to the Zonal Integrated Police Network, under the Union Ministry, 47744 homeless people have died between January 2004 and 9th Jan 2020.
Project Sleep Well is a project for the homeless initiated by Mr. Shiven Varma, a practicing advocate from Delhi along with Social Worker and Activist for the homeless Mr. Sunil Kumar Aledia, and the NGO Centre for Holistic Development(CHD).
Project Sleep Well aims to provide all homeless persons with sleeping bags to help them survive the Cold and Rain.
Project Sleep Well started in the winter of 2016 as a pilot project in homeless hotspots in a few parts of Delhi. We tried something new and in our experience, it was a huge success and we got a great response. We have gradually expanded our outreach to the whole of NCR and strive to continue to increase the number of lives we impact every year.
The NGO Centre for Holistic Development(CHD)
has been working extensively with the homeless community providing a vast variety of releifs and assistance to the homeless including providing them with sleeping bags, blankets, clothes, food, healthcare or space in a shelter home as per their requirement and need etc.
Centre for Holistic Development (CHD), a Non-Governmental Organisation, which fights for the rights of the homeless people, with an emphasis on social inclusion, leadership, capacity building and livelihoods within the homeless community to help us ensure that the Project is a success. CHD is actively engaged in advocacy and engages stakeholders at different levels to provide support to the homeless community while fighting for the overall social inclusion and better life of the homeless women, men and children.
The collection of funds takes place through crowd funding voluntary donations.
Also currently the project is in the process of training a Self Help Group of Women who are slum dwellers in Delhi to use the collected funds to provide skill development and generate employment by training them in sewing and manufacturing of sleeping bags and employing them to produce our own sleeping bags. What this will result in is that with the support of the jobless/homeless persons sleeping bags will be made by the homeless(generating employment and skill development), distributed to the homeless to help them get a better sleep, and in turn empower, enable and uplift the homeless and underprivileged people of Delhi and NCR. Idea is to create a self-sustainable model with the help of our donors.
The Project also raises awareness about the multitude of problems faced by homeless persons and is committed to play a proactive role in changing the conditions that they live in. We want to provide immediate relief to the most disadvantaged section of society so that they don't have to sleep on the pavements in harsh weather conditions and also develop a long-term holistic solution to the wider issue and as a result further generate a sense of belonging and community, that comes from feeling valued and included by society.
The purpose of this page: Raise funds and give people an opportunity to contribute to the cause.
Distributing one sleeping bag costs approximately Rs.500
Donate Rs.500: 1 homeless person impacted
Donate Rs.1000: 2 homeless people impacted
Donate Rs.1500: 3 homeless people impacted
And so on...
However, you are free to donate any amount that you may deem fit. Every rupee will count!
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