|While 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
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.
The 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.
In 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.