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Published on Mar 22, 2009
An Identity One Can Build On: Senior Citizens NEW DELHI (Express India), September 7, 2008
.....A former driver with the Sports Ministry, 63-year-old Phool Singh retired in 2005 and suddenly found himself doing nothing all day long. A resident of Mandawali, a colony near Mother Dairy in East Delhi, Singh says, Sometimes my family members got miffed by my idleness.
Bored, Singh began to envision an alternative social space for senior citizens, with recreational facilities, yoga classes, participatory initiatives like teaching homeless children and more.
Last year, a Chattarpur-based NGO, Nada India Foundation, visited the locality to impart computer training to senior citizens. I enlisted for the classes, where people exhorted me to form a society, says Singh. Luckily, for Singh, the Mandawali community centre set up by the MCD in 2000 was lying vacant—as per Government regulations, any registered charitable society could apply for it. Nobody ever paid any attention to it. It served as a meeting joint for gamblers, says Singh. Along with a few others, Singh promptly formed and registered the Senior Citizens Association, of which he is the president. According to Mr. Suneel Vatsyasyan, Chairman, Nada India Foundation, The core objective is to bring back the marginalized community of the senior citizens in to the main stream of the society. The senior citizens are resources and stigma attached with old age needs societys attention and this is how we can help them to realize the trap of tThe initiatives taken during the training programme resulted in the fulfillment of the objectives of the training. It resulted in sensitization of the core members of the senior citizens committees which nurtured initiatives like registration of an Ngo at Mandwali, voluntarily rendering of services in nearby senior citizen forum, actively involving themselves in organization of Mahabharat and Ramayan and sensitization of the members of senior citizen forum about use of Community Radio as a medium to address their needs at individual as well as community level, which may soon result in the nurturing of a proposed neighborhood community radio at NISCORT.he isolation and discrimination they are facing. For details contact email@example.com, mob09810258071 (New Delhi India) or visit www.nadaindia.info