Tihar Jail Project Meeting
March 8, 2018
Project Stewards: Mihir Joshi, Varsha Sundar
Samarpan Foundation: humanitarian welfare, well established
Eight schools in Delhi, also working to bring justice to inmates and their families
43% of prisoners illiterate, only 7% graduated from high school
Pay for house rent, education, rations for inmates’ families, job training for wives
Biggest jail complex in South Asia
Jails 2, 3, 4, and 7 (⅔ of prisoners in Tihar have not yet stepped into a courtroom)
Usually about $10K
Last year sent $20K
Still going through funds from last year
Sent $5K last fall for SF Schools project
Every year, get permits in January to work in the complex, but this year, did not get it
Got some permits to support literacy, dance classes, and “life classes”
This year, hope to support families linked to the jail, such as single mother households
Support them for two years so they can support themselves
Also want to help elderly folks who have no younger breadwinners to support them
In Tihar, work is supported solely by Asha for Education
Outside the jail complex (i.e. families, Delhi schools, etc.), work is supported by individual donors, mostly located within India
They want other Asha chapters to fund other parts of the project, but currently we are the other Asha chapter funding Tihar Jail
Life skills class teaches basic literacy
2017: SF supported 15 inmate families and 11 destitute women (i.e. widows, women abandoned by their husbands, etc.) for a total of 150 people
Only two families getting educational support
Food items provided: wheat flour, rice, sugar, porridge, salt, tea, oil, etc.
Soft skills training: move them away from the mindset of violence, almost a personality/behavioral rehabilitation program
People being taken to jail for minor crimes, their families don’t know what to do, so they follow their family member to Tihar knowing there is a “pop up complex”
$5K <- amount endorsed by project stewards
As of Jan 31 we had $24,800
In Feb report said we had $75?
Question: should we support only families linked to the jail? Or should we support all destitute families in the area? (chapter seems to agree we should broaden our support to all families that SF is supporting)
Bhaavya Sinha (porject coord)
Mihir Joshi (project steward)
Varsha Sundar (project steward)
Madhumita Krishnan (left early)
All now or half and half?
All now: 14
Half now, half later: 9
Which families should we support?
Families linked to jail specifically: 0
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