Aims

Seva 84 : Reducing Poverty and Providing a Better Standard of Living in the Widow Colonies

Life in the colonies

A widow tells her worries to anyone willing to listen

Life in the colonies is tough for those widows who have survived the horrors of the 1984 massacres. Many of the first generation inhabitants are forced to continue working long hours in low paid jobs.

Medical conditions and old age have to be overlooked for those struggling to make enough money to survive. Even the medical needs of many elders within the colonies cannot be met. This is an area where Seva84 can help bring change; we can ensure those who need to be looked after given the support they deserve.

The second generation of the colonies are the children of the widows, many of whom are in their twenties, though some in their thirties and forties. There is an increasing trend towards attempting to escape the appalling living conditions through prostitution or drug and alcohol abuse. Again, this is an area where Seva84 can help bring opportunities for those who have been denied them for so much of their lives so far.

Children with no aspiration passing time at 1pm on a Wednesday afternoon

The third and fourth generations are the youth and children. They lack access to learning resources and receive half-day schooling. Most of their free time is spent on the streets where they are exposed to the unforgiving cycles of drugs and crime. Financial problems and poor standards of education prevent most young students from attending college. The level of education received is so basic that many have not even experienced the use of a computer while most students in Delhi have countless opportunities in comparison. Seva84 strives to raise the levels of education in the colonies, helping to equip those who have been failed so miserably.

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