Welcome to the new Deva-Europe!
In the heart of Benares — Varanasi being its official Indian name, Kashi for Hindu devotees – Deva-Europe brings support to Dr. Tulsi, who heads the Deva Center for mentally handicapped children.
Building on the success of other, previous projects – preparatory schools for poor children and ashrams for leprosy victims – Deva-Europe and DISCC (“Deva International Society for Child Care”) henceforth are focusing their efforts on helping mentally handicapped children. At the same time, they continue to maintain the Annapurna Center for Young Women in an Indian village near Varanasi.
Dr Tulsi, clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, created the first center for mentally handicapped children in Uttar Pradesh, the state where Varanasi is located, in 1988. In 1991, he founded the D.I.S.C.C. (Deva International Society for Child Care) of which he is founding president. This foundation has been recognized by the Indian government and is approved under the Foreign Contribution Registration Act, allowing it to receive funds from abroad. Deva-Europe has supported the DISCC since 2000. Today, educators and their families still need our help to survive and carry on their mission of bringing dignified lives to mentally handicapped children.
A center of reference for the mentally challenged in India:
Since 2016, the Center has received government support for two programs. The Deva Center is the only one certified for specialized educators in this domain.
The keywords of our philosophy, love and care given to each child.
Here are some photos illustrating our many activities.
La lettre d’information no. 25 est disponible en format pdf.
Sujets traités :
Grands changements, délocalisation du siège sociale à Bénarès, le programme Surya d’aide aux plus pauvres du quartier de Nagwa et d’autres bonnes nouvelles.
Thanks to a generous donor and with the support of the AnBer Foundation, an exceptional donation of three hundred thousand euros will allow us to fulfill our dream of giving a retirement pension to the 17 employees of the Deva Center who have devoted themselves for more than ten Years to our work. They will be able to benefit from their last salary indexed after 60 years and this until the end of their life. This contract was awarded with the Life Insurance Corporation of India, the insurance company founded by the state. Continue reading
In order to receive the support of the government or large corporations, we must either have a renewable nine-year lease, which is virtually impossible to obtain from a landlord today, or own the site of our operations .
Holi is the Indian festival of colors. The DISCC children gathered with the children from other NGOs and also some Westerners to celebrate the festival. Continue reading
An overview of the events of the year organized by Deva and in which we participated.
Last November, Deva-Europe launched a new program of help for the most needy in Nagwa, which is the neighborhood located at the extreme south end of Varanasi. We called this program Sun, “Surya” in Hindi, a way of giving hope and introducing sun into the lives of these people. For this purpose, Uphadyaji, who has known this district for more than thirty years, has taken on the task of finding those poor people who are abandoned by all and who have fallen into a state of miserable loneliness and helplessness.
La lettre d’information no. 24 est disponible en format pdf.
Sujets traités :
Constitution d’une nouvelle équipe à Blandas. Etude pratique des objectifs atteints par la D.I.S.C.C afin de créer un centre de référence en Inde dans le handicap mental. Les événements de 2015-2016.