Robin Raina Foundation Hands over 325 New Homes to Delhi Slum Dwellers

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Robin Raina Foundation (RRF) announced today that it has finished the second phase of its ambitious plan to build 6000 free homes for the slum dwellers of Delhi and has handed over possession of 325 homes to the slum dweller families of Bawana region in Delhi. The project is today seen as the largest slum charity project undertaken by any organization in India, without government help.

BEFORE AND AFTER - NEW HOMES BUILT BY THE ROBIN RAINA FOUNDATION, INSTEAD OF THE EARLIER GRASS HUTS

Giving is something nobody can take away from you. There is nothing more rewarding than giving in life. Towards that I encourage each one of you to help the foundation build these homes, either through your donations or your precious time.

Robin Raina Foundation (RRF) announced today that it has finished the second phase of its ambitious plan to build 6000 free homes for the slum dwellers of Delhi and has handed over possession of 325 homes to the slum dweller families of Bawana region in Delhi. The project is today seen as the largest slum charity project undertaken by any organization in India, without government help.

Each of these homes is 4 sided brick and has a concrete roof done exactly the way as any other middle class house in Delhi would have been built. Each home is built on a solid brick foundation of 4 feet. The home has two rooms, four power points, two fans and an exhaust fan. The homes look aesthetically nice from outside having been painted in two colors - blue and light brown alternately, to give individuality to each home. Each home carries a nice granite nameplate outside the home. That is a big deal for the slum homeowners as till now they did not necessarily have an address. Each of these homes today has taken a legal electric connection in their home.

In their bid to cleanse Delhi and get ready for the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the Delhi Government in the year 2003 moved thousands of slum dweller families from the banks of river Yamuna to the barren land of Bawana district, on the outskirts of Delhi. Today Bawana has close to 30,000 families staying in inhuman conditions in grass huts. The area has little means of employment, education and healthcare. In the year 2004, the Robin Raina Foundation decided to set up base inside the slums of Bawana.

Today the foundation has emerged as the premier charity addressing the conditions in Bawana through many of its initiatives there -

  •     A $15 million project to build 6000 concrete homes for the slum dwellers of Bawana
  •     A school that has provided education, breakfast, lunch, clothes, healthcare, picnics, toys, extra-curricular activities to the children of more than 2000 families in Bawana
  •     A vocational training institute for women in Bawana
  •     A Self Help Group of women that has empowered thousands of women in the area.
  •     Wheel chairs for handicapped kids in the area
  •     Financial help and medical care on an as needed basis
  •     Emergency relief in times of fires that happen rather regularly.

On January 2, 2008, the first phase of the home project was finished with RRF founder Robin Raina handing over 66 homes to the slum dweller families. 75-year-old Nathu Devi, a new homeowner and previously a slum dweller, had conducted the inauguration and ribbon cutting ceremony.

In a statement RRF Founder, Robin Raina said, "While I am pleased that 325 slum families will finally have a place to call their home now, yet I am humbled by the thousands of families in the area who still do not have a home and live in grass huts. It is rather unnerving for me to see old people in the slums struggling to keep themselves alive, while living in grass huts, in this day and age. Something needs to be done fast to provide these slum dwellers a home and the foundation stands committed to building 6000 homes free of cost for these slum dwellers of Delhi."

Robin added, "Giving is something nobody can take away from you. There is nothing more rewarding than giving in life. Towards that I encourage each one of you to help the foundation build these homes, either through your donations or your precious time."

Robin also announced that work to build 500 more homes would be started soon. He communicated that he expects the project to build 6000 homes to continue for the next few years.

At the occasion, Robin also released an appeal to all well meaning people around the world to donate to the cause of building these homes at a cost of $1600 per home. Robin also issued an appeal to the general public around the world, to donate generously to the building efforts.

All donations (100% tax-exempt) payable to "Robin Raina Foundation" should be sent to:

Robin Raina Foundation - A $15 million Dream,
510 Covington Cove
Alpharetta, GA 30022

About the Robin Raina Foundation
A 501(c) charity, Raina foundation has been setup to raise funds for work to be carried out to empower under-privileged children and their parents, who need help around the world. The foundation's focus is to make a difference in the lives of children - who are handicapped, blind, mentally challenged, sick or in need of urgent medical help and underprivileged kids who need education. All donations to the foundation are 100% tax-exempt.

RRF Contact: Sanjay Supehia, (678) 517-8688

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