Every dark cloud has a silver lining. There is a ray of hope for the ones seeking shelter. AAA with diligence and laborious work attained the aim to provide home to the ones who spend their nights on road. It works on basic principles such as equality, democracy and justice.AAA is the first-ever head count by any NGO of the homeless in the city.
Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan (AAA) originated as a citizens’ campaign to fight for the rights of the homeless people in India and make the State accountable towards their rights. At the time of its inception, there was no blue print available on this issue in the country. Therefore the journey was hard and filled with obstacles. First few years were spent on spreading words about this issue, counting the people living and sleeping under the open sky.
Paramjeet, the founder, had been working for about 18 years with NGOs that worked for the underprivileged. One thing that bothered her during this time was the adult homelessness. The kids from the street were abandoned once they were adults and once again they would become homeless. The other major reasons for abandoning an adult by their family were mental illness and old age. Thus she decided to run her own NGO, which would focus only on these adult homeless people who are more vulnerable to mental disorders due to the mental trauma they had been through. She approached the college and school students who were interested in this social cause and surveyed the streets of Delhi for 15 nights.
Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers – we need our faith-based and community partners. We can do our bit by contributing to the initiative taken up by AAA. Donations and volunteering could help the organisation reach to masses.
It was started in 2000, AAA has initiated several programs to bring this mission into practice by providing shelters to the homeless people, reaching the homeless people by doing Night Out’s, providing basic health care through the Health Outreach Clinic and providing legal aid.
AAA runs 26 shelters in Delhi round the clock, which houses 3,015 people. Within the shelters, AAA offers them a clean place, a blanket to sleep, electricity, fresh drinking water, bathroom, water coolers during summer, first aid and a weekly doctor’s team visit with free medicines, system for admission to hospitals in case of emergency. So far, It has managed over 12 million beds and delivered health care service to over 1 million people.