Deepalaya

Rating: 4.72 stars   117 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 46, Institutional Area D-Block, Janakpuri New Delhi -- 110058 India

Mission: To identify with and work along the economically and socially deprived, the physically and mentally challenged - starting with children, so that they become educated, skilled and aware. Enable them to be self-reliant and enjoy a healthy, dignified and sustainable quality of life And to that end, act as a resource to and collaborate with other agencies - governmental or non-governmental, as well as suitably intervene in policy formulation.
Geographic areas served: Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I had the good fortune of working with Deepalaya in its Silver Jubilee year viz. 2004-05. Well,the first letter of Deepalaya is 'D' AND IT IS NOT MERE COINCIDENCE i AM SURE THAT THE 'D' is also the first letter of words like 'Determination'. 'Dedication'. 'Dynamism!'My belief is truly predicated on my close association and incisive understanding of what the organisationstands for-indeed the 'why' the 'What' and the 'How' of Deepalaya. The able stewardship of the remarkable visionary that Mr.Mathew is,has taken the organisation to scale great heights and it continues to do so under his benign mentorship as he is poised to pass the baton on... what particularly inspired and impressed me about the organisation is the palpably passionate commitment of the Human Capital that Deepalaya has-the wonderful men and women who tirelessly work towards actualising the organisation's vision of reaching out to and transforming the lives of the less fortunate amongst us.This almost evangelical zeal is evident in every initiative of Deepalaya -=whether it is Community mobilisation ,Teaching,Vocational Training,Social Entrepreneurship,HRM,Communications or any other.No wonder the outreach of Deepalaya is growing day after day!I think of it as an Upward Spiral...a spiral ever widening ...to take within its embrace larger and larger numbers of children and adults most in need of our care and the need to awaken our sometimes dormant social conscience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming more aware of the crying need of the hour for ordinary citizens to engage with such meaningful work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

if the organisation can find ways to make the HR COMPENSATION MORE COMPETITIVE

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-1-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

By chance came across Deepalaya in the year2000 Got involved in teaching class X th students ---- Saw the credentials and spotless tranperent work going on in all Deepalaya locations. Specialy helping educate poor underprivileged children. Till date have not looked back------- The more work I do the less it seems. Every staff member is committed to service to society. Some thing which is commendable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seen it grow since the last 10 yrs. There is no stone left unturned where it comes to helping/ Guiding/ supporting the poor in need. Specially girls and women

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All committed and sincere. Working to enlighten and empowering the week.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could have done wonderful work to empower employ underprivileged / women / girls/ mentally and physically challenged.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have known Deepalaya for quite some time. It is appreciable that this organisation has ethics of highest order, meeting all standards. In one of the experience with Deepalaya, I found total transparency and no-compromise on quality issues. I wish all the success for Deepalaya and will like to join them in their future programmes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they execute their programmes with courtsey, yet without compromising quality.

Ways to make it better...

I had understood their need and process.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I've had a wonderful experience with the children of Deepalaya. I would further like to bring out the best in them so that they would be in a position to achieve the various aspects of life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

academics, sports, music and art.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the interaction with the children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

good and capable in their respective fields.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have recognised itself globally and the underpriviledged children of various countries would have got an opportunity to fulfill their dreams of studying.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have known Deepalaya since it's inception in early eighties, and the Founder Secretary cum CEO since late seventies as a fellow professional, donor, representative of donors and as a fellow Rotarian. Deepalaya's professional approach to development, accountability and transparancy is what attracts me to Deepalaya all the time. Mr. Mathew is my role model. "Vijay K. Sardana, Former, Regional Director, Region of South Asia, Plan International; CEO, Aga Khan Foundation,India; Past President, Rotary Club of Delhi South Metropolitan."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As an individual (perpetual) donor, I am impressed with the sustained ability and accountability to retain donors interest in the growth of Deepalaya.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Founder Secretary cum CEO's vision of Deepalaya and his sustained efforts towards realisation of that Vision.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed and dedicated professionals. Also Deepalaya has over the last five years established an INTERACT CLUB sponsored by Rotary Club of Delhi South Metropolitan, of students from the underprevilaged children engaging themselves in community services,

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Facilitate running of many more quality educational institutions complying with all the norms of the government, particularly relating to payment of statutory emoluments and demanding full accountability of the staff.

Ways to make it better...

Deepalaya had demonstated second level leadership in place.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Recruiting and retaining capable senior level professionals, lightening the weight (responsibility) of the Founder Secretary cum CEO.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We need many more Deepalaya's to help children in the slums and streets realise their dreams.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Deepalaya is a important partner in development by education. Together we try to improve education for the poor and together we try to beat poverty by educating. Deepalaya organizes for us international exchanges. They are excellent in doing this for more than 12 years (since 1997)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

1997, 1999 and 2005. I've not only seen the professional way of organizing, but I also saw the development witin the organisation

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They show us the two sides of India and also the talents of the people in the slums Together we join the opinion that education is they real key to solve the problem

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, professional and proud about Deepalaya and India

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change New Delhi into a real 'incredable' city without slums

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with Deepalaya since the last 6 years. My organisation Naz India has interacted closely with Deepalaya and we have been partnering with Deepalaya on a Women's Empowerment Programme called- Goal: Reaching New Heights. Deepalaya is very committed to the cause of the development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. They provide high quality services and encourage children to aspire and achieve.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff is very committed and involved and accessible. The vision of the organisation is understood clearly by all of them and it is translated very well into their programmes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Deepalya is doing excellent work among the under previlaged children,among the girl child and other downtrodden.The instructions while designing the buildings is for human beings and not to to be thought or considered for the underprevilaged and what a difference that made in me as an architect.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

while designing their buildings

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the human touch

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and work among more people

Ways to make it better...

if i worked among them on daily basis

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund crunch

One thing I'd also say is that...

pleas do more for them

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am Chairman and Founder of Levy Center for Healing Arts-a prominent mind-body medicine center in Washington, DC. We feature Deepalaya on our website powertohealit.com as a group we admire and seek to support. We are starting to bring mind-body methods to students and faculty. These people are truly inspired and represent the best hope for the future. Everyone who sees what Deepalaya is doing will want to support them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

inspiring poor slum children through education that they can be someone

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The purity of effort of those serving

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspired with an almost-Gandhian purity to serve

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread an effective model of fighting extreme poverty through education. This can help heal India and be a model to the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to jump in and add my part

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of resources

One thing I'd also say is that...

you should go spend time with these people and see for yourself

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have known Deepalaya and the work they have been doing for many years now, They have grown because of the dedication of their staff. As a photographer I have been to quite a few of their projects and seen the results of their work especially in the schools in Kalkaji and the slums in Okhla Industrial Area. It is heartwarming to see the slum children do well, develop confidence and even give excellents performances at their Annual Functions> I wish them well in their efforts to expand their work and do much more for Society

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Kalkaji School, Slum work in Okhla

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Dedication of Mr. T. K. Matrhew, Sudha and others

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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