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Street Clinic in Delhi Gives a Leg Up to the Homeless
NEW DELHI— Every Monday and Thursday a street side clinic for drug addicts, homeless, and the mentally ill appears amidst the clatter of hawkers and food vendors in an open-air market in congested old Delhi.
A clinic for Delhi’s homeless addicts
As Monday evening starts to descend on the Walled City, the homeless in the area start to flock to the makeshift clinic set up near Jama Masjid. The rickshaw pullers, beggars and destitute are ready for their regular medical check-ups but the longest line is in front of a young doctor handing out de-addiction prescriptions and checking the patients’ progress......
Rains, not so romantic for the homeless:
NGOs come to the rescue
Delhi has welcomed the monsoon showers, but not everyone is happy. Those on the streets are compelled to struggle more, amid the pandemic, in absence of a roof above their head. And that’s why some city-based NGOs have come forward to provide the homeless with shelter and support.
Delhi’s homeless now get a chance to vote
Dharmendra, a wheelchair-bound citizen in north Delhi, is among hundreds of homeless people in the national capital who will be able to cast their vote on Thursdayperhaps for the first timewith the help of an NGO working for the destitute.
“Our organisation has already enrolled 2,000 homeless people in the voter list and among them 500 have already got their voting card,” Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan Executive Director Sanjay Kumar said.
Shelter Provides Education And Hope
Amit Kumar, 15, has no doubt he would be working as a child labourer without the support of PHIA Foundation partner Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan.
Instead, during seven years of coming to the A-Block Children’s Shelter, run by Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan in the Motia Khan area of central Delhi, he has been able to continue his education and develop hobbies, including painting and yoga, for which he has won several awards.
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