For last five years, homeless people are living free of the user charges in the all shelters for the crucial months of December to March. These four months have been consider very crucial in homeless person’s life at Delhi.
Festival celebration is one of the regular activities at shelters. Every year New Year is celebrated on January 1st by organizing a dance and music event along with artists among homeless.
Every year Christmas Day is celebrated in the shelters. A homeless is dressed up as Santa Claus and visits all shelters distribute sweets and blessing people. Many a homeless are surprised when they saw a differently dressed person.
Deepawali being major hindu festival, sweets are distributed in all shelters and on streets as well. Every year shelters are decorated with lightings.In the similar fashion, Janamashtami, Eid and other festivals are celebrated are celebrated in all the shelters.
Orientation Programme with Homeless
Every year before the onset of winter campaign, an orientation programme is organized with those homeless volunteers who volunteered to community workers for three/four months with AAA. They are selected through interviews held at AAA. They are briefed about AAA’s programmes especially during the winter campaign, the inevitable difficulties during the process of logistics support from the govt., contacting the AAA team members during difficulty and above all making a safe environment in a shelter.
AAA has started a concept of ZONAL PANCHAYAT for better understanding of the problems of the homeless. Every last Sunday of every month is counted as the panchayat day when, people hold their panchayats at different five locations in Delhi. These panchayats are regular for the homeless who gather on their own to share their experiences and plan their programmes.
AAA believes that children constitute an important segment of society and are equally significant in the making of a better nation. AAA has a small group of children staying at one of the shelters. The following explanation is in the context of these children.