Community Services - India Vision Foundation
India Vision FoundationWhile at Tihar, Kiran came face to face with pain and agony writ large on the faces of the inmates.  Even behind the facade of a tough and a stern look on their faces, Kiran could see that they were all vulnerable. They were there as punishment, not for punishment, she opined.  She witnessed innocence captivated behind bars.  There were infants staying with their mothers in the female ward.   These traumatic images kept haunting her.  Something had to be done, not only while she could do it as Inspector General but when she would not be there.  Someone had to carry forward the reformation process while saving the next victim.

India Vision Foundation was born with the receipt of the Ramon Magsaysay Award by Kiran in the year 1994 to work in the field of Prison reforms, women upliftment, education, vocational training, sports promotion and rural development. The foundation began with providing education and rehabilitation to children of prisoners in its “ Crime Home Children ” project. This project is being run by the foundation at Delhi and Mumbai and has 150 children under its aegis. Most of these children have stayed with their mothers behind bars and many have been born inside the prison.

Gali School KidThe urban slums are breeding ground for criminality.  The children are the worst affected.  There is dearth and deprivation, in providing anything for them and these children continue to beg, ragpick, gamble, peddle drugs and get sexually abused.  The Gali School project of the foundation in collaboration with Navjyoti, reaches out to children of the slums in the streets (street - Gali in Hindi) to educate them by organising a class in the street itself. The teacher is a local literate about eight-class pass or above. He/she teaches a group of children for 2 hours every day and initiates a process of interesting learning. The local teacher earns an honorarium in the process. The foundation runs in collaboration with Navjyoti,  55 non-formal education centers in an informal atmosphere in one of the largest slums of Delhi having a population of over 125,000 people living in misery.

In the rural village of Nayagaon, on the outskirts of Delhi, the foundation is running a rural development project aimed at empowering the village community. The foundation provides counseling and support services in the management of addicted men and their families. A vocational training center provides training to the women in tailoring, embroidery and weaving. In addition to these the foundation has a crèche, a health center, a library and a legal aid center.  The project has initiated identification of disabled people in villages nearby with a view to provide permanent linkages with various Government and non-governmental authorities for their rehabilitation.  The project runs on Kiran's family land dedicated for the purpose.

INDIA VISION FOUNDATION GOES INTERNATIONAL

The foundation's resource centers are now situated at Atlanta and San Francisco in the United States, Melbourne and Tasmania in Australia and at Port Louis, Mauritius.

PRISON REFORMS

Its Always Possible CD ROMIn its endeavor to promote prison reforms, the foundation produced a CD ROM titled "It's Always Possible" which accompanies the book authored by Kiran.   The interactive CD ROM describes with aural and visual evidence of what existed, what evolved and what emerged with the beginning of the reforms at Tihar.  It has been distributed amongst the authorities in India and abroad as an example of managing unmanageable situations with given resources.

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