Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan (AAA) is a campaign to address the problems of homeless people of Delhi. AAA believes that it is the fundamental right of every person that everyone should have home, food, and clothing. It is based on the belief that homeless people, too, have the right to live with dignity, in peace and security. We live in one of the biggest republic countries and yet not everyone has a place they can call home. It is the duty of the Government that the necessities of the common person should be provided. We at AAA believe everyone should have a shelter, access to other fundamental rights. Therefore, we started our advocacy by way of campaign to fight homeless people situation in Delhi with the support of Action Aid.
In order to implement right based approach all the direct interventions on the ground are being conducted by a cadre of trained homeless persons, and aim at securing for the poor and the homeless their rights available under our Constitution, UN covenants/convention and or government welfare schemes. AAA believes that the poor and homeless of Delhi have the right to live in peace, with security and dignity and to have equal social and political rights as all other citizens of Delhi. AAA has tried its best to firmly and consistently stand by the poor and homeless, keeping in view their needs and aspirations by planning and implementing needs appropriate activities and services.
The service oriented approach aims at rendering services to the poor and homeless people keeping in view their most basic and immediate needs. These services include day and night shelters, holistic healthcare program, and a food program for the children, sick including severely mentally ill patients undergoing treatment and in care, residential educational support to children and providing clothings.
Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan’s Vision:
»To mobilise, empower and strengthen homeless people so that they can assert their rights to live with honour and dignity
»To make the citizens and Government of Delhi recognise that the homeless have inalienable rights and that it is their responsibility to help the homeless live with dignity.
»To ensure that vulnerable homeless people can improve their quality of life by providing certain lifesaving services to the poor and homeless to manage basic needs such as shelters, medical care, clothes, food, legal aid and education to homeless children, etc.
It is estimated that there are about 150,000 people sleeping on the streets of Delhi.AAA's headcount showed 53,765 people visibly sleeping on the roadside, pavements, open parks of Delhi in Year 2001.(Capital's Homeless-2001). This wa sthe first ever headcount by any NGO of homeless in the city. These homeless people represent one of the most vulnerable groups in the city. They are often deprived of civic amenities such as water and sanitation; denied access to medical treatment; forced to work for below the minimum wage; face daily beating and harassment from the police; and, are compelled to sleep in open because of the lack of government shelters. Their human rights, including the right to shelter, the right to health and the right against exploitation are violated every single day in the city of Delhi.
Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan's aim is twofold:
» To mobilize and empower the homeless so that they are able to assert their rights and live with honour and dignity.
» To make the citizens and public institutions of Delhi recognize that the homeless have inalienable rights and that it is their responsibility to help the homeless live in dignity
AAA came into existence in the year 2000 as a direct project of Action Aid on the issue of urban homelessness in Delhi. Since then it has been working in Delhi towards realization of the rights of the homeless people as enshrined in the Constitution of India as well as in various International Conventions and Treaties. In March, 2010, AAA was registered as a society under Societies Registration Act, 1860.
Since the start in 2000, AAA has initiated several programs to bring this mission into practice: 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. You will find further information about these programs under the heading *‘what we do’*.
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Statutes and Laws Registration Details
Society Registration ACT XXI of 1860 S/68824/2010
Section 12 A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 Del – AR21432 – 18082011 / 559
Section 80 G of the Income Tax ACT, 1961 DEL – AE22967 – 10802011 / 1000
We respect homeless people and to believe in their own ability in reaching their ambitions.
Equality, Diversity and Justice: We believe that all people are equal and as an organisation we value everyone equally irrespective of gender, caste, creed, ethnical and other social differences in its policies and programs. We recognise diversity and celebrate our differences and abide by the secular practices of Indian Constitution. AAA gives equal opportunity to all its stake holders and treats impartially.
Democratic Participation: AAA encourages & facilitates an enabling environment at all level so that every stake holder gets equal opportunity to express opinions and aspirations in decision making process.
Collaboration: We work in collaboration with others to achieve the best possible outcomes for homeless people.
Resourceful and Creative: We aim for resourceful and creative solutions to the needs of homeless people. AAA ensures that the homeless people are its core stake holders in all programs by their active participation.
Influence: We attempt to influence government and public opinion on the issues of homelessness and to influence policies for the benefit of the homeless.
Transparency and Accountability: AAA is open and clear in its all policies and programs and accountable to all its stakeholders
Where we are?
We are based in Delhi.