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During study of the street children in Pakistan it was identified that healthcare and diseases are a big problem of street children. With support from corporate sector in Karachi and other private donors Azad Foundation started a mobile dispensary unit in 2001-2 to address this problem of street children in Karachi. It was very first project of Azad Foundation which marked a huge success and hundreds if not thousands of street children in Karachi benefited from this service.
In the year 2005, Azad Foundation and UNICEF got into partnership for provision of prevention and protection services through drop-in centers to the street children in Karachi. This is our longest running, still on-going and most sustainable project during which many successes were seen and new interventions were born out of it. The project completed its first tenure in first half of 2011 and was reinitiated in August 2011.
DEHLEEZ (Rehabilitation Center & Shelter)
In the year 2007, Azad Foundation in collaboration with City District Government of Karachi established a night shelter and rehabilitation center (DEHLEEZ) to support the street children of Karachi and Pakistan in final phase of their social rehabilitation and reintegration. DEHLEEZ can accommodate 50 children and after on-going work it will be able to support up-to 75 children.
Azad Foundation's initial research studies highlighted lack of shelter and safe spaces as a great protection concern of these children. Over the years as our rehabilitation and social reintegration strategy matured, the need for a transit care center was felt across the organizational components. As in the last phase of rehabilitation it is needed to separate them from the street life towards social reintegration. The idea of a specialized care facility to cater the needs and requirements of this transition was discussed at all levels of organization and materialized as Dehleez Transit Care Center for Street Children.
In year 2006, Azad Foundation approached City District Government of Karachi (CDGK) with a plan to collaboratively establish Dehleez. The purpose for engaging CDGK was three-fold. There was no legal framework present at the time which would provide a private organization the legal cover for providing shelter to children without parental supervision. Second aim was to build ownership of the government and thirdly to ensure sustainability of the initiative.
The proposal materialized in year 2007 when Azad Foundation signed an agreement with CDGK for the provision of land for DEHLEEZ and constructing a shelter home for street children in Karachi. Construction of DEHLEEZ concluded in the same year and it was inaugurated by CDGK Town Nazim on behalf of Mayor of Karachi.
DEHLEEZ has the capacity to accommodate 50 children at time. It provides street children in transition phase of rehabilitation and social reintegration the following services to support the process:
Highly professional and trained staff is appointed to ensure the best possible service provision and support to street children in DEHLEEZ. To make the case management process more efficient, Azad Foundation has introduced a comprehensive case management process in DEHLEEZ. At core of our case management process lies the case management committee comprising of a Psychologist, a Case Worker, a Medical Doctor, Counselor and Outreach Workers. This committee reviews each child's case on regular basis and develop plans for rehabilitation. All the documents and assessments are kept in safe custody and completely confidential. Any access to children's data is governed by Azad Foundation's Child Protection and IT Policies.
Sponsor A Child
DEHLEEZ is run largely on individual philanthropy and support from corporate sector. We accept in-kind and monitory donations to sponsor children during the rehabilitation process.
An individual can either sponsor a child throughout the year covering all needs or sponsor one aspect of child's transformation of life i.e. Health, Meals, Education, Sports and Clothing
For further information and guidelines on donations please download our 'Child Sponsorship Form' by clicking here.
Since its initiation, DEHLEEZ has been a very active component of Azad Foundation's Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Programme for Street Children. Other than regular case in-takes it ran a project with UNODC Pakistan for Drug Rehabilitation of Street Children in years 2007-2009. Some statistical information is given below of DEHLEEZ work and results till date:
Azad Foundation extended its radius of intervention by including street working girls in Pakistan into its ambit of work during implementation of the DOST project with UNICEF in 2009. Machar Colony and Shereen Jinnah Colony were identified through field research and a KABPS study as the pilot sample for future interventions. The project completed its first tenure in first half of 2011 and was reinitiated in August 2011.
Deep Sea Project
Deep Sea Project was initiated with the support of UNICEF as part of Day Care Center Proejct to explore the vulnerabilities of children working in deep sea and to design protective services and early warning system for vulnerable children which would deter a reasonable number of children becoming part of street life.
Drug Abuse Treatment & HIV/AIDs Prevention
This pilot project was initiated in 2007 to lower the susceptibility of street children to drug addiction and HIV/AIDS through improved effectiveness of public institutions and NGO delivery of services in collaboration with UNODC Pakistan.
Rehabilitation Center Dastak was established in 2004 with the support of private sector in Karachi and later European Commission, Group Development, France, ECPAT International and Foreign Ministry of Luxemberg supported it. It was designed to help street children both boys (street living) and working girls to develop a better, healthy, happy life; safety from all types of exploitation at intrapersonal and interpersonal level.