Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength
HelpAge India, New Delhi
Duration of internship and timings
4 weeks ;
9 am to 4 pm
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
When I entered the head office at Qutub Institutional area, I was amazed to see the infrastructure and ambience of HelpAge. I thought HelpAge was an Old Age home.
This first impression which many have is always a misconception as Helpage is not an Old Age home. It has a proper huge head office which takes care of it’s various actuaries.
My first day was really nice as I was introduced to the staff members and met Seema ma’am who was indeed very sweet. She allotted me my work and made a time table for me for the following week.
The major tasks I was allotted was visiting the field as field trips to different old age homes and age care centres with which they had tied up.
There was a lot to learn as I monitored different facilities which HelpAge India provided these old age homes and centres as an apex NGO.
Some of them include physiotherapy, monetary funds, counselling etc. making case briefs for Meeta Chaudhary (Lawyer) of cases she use to get. Also jotting down ones own advice for any say in the matter.
Work environment and people
The work environment was good. People were sweet and often supportive. They could be contacted any time via mail; fax or call.
The best thing was time spent with the Lawyer. Mrs Meeta Chaudhary. She use to visit the HelpAge India Age care centre where she use to deal with any problems like domestic abuse, lease and pension, property issues etc faced by the old people.
She use to counsel them and take up their cases in court. It was interesting as every week new cases with different stories would pop out.
There was nothing bad as such. But if HelpAge could stricken their rules and guardianship on the interns I.e trace and monitor their work, it would be better and more efficient.
Social work is essential as it makes you come out of your own fantasied world and makes you hit the harsh reality outside where there are so many sufferings.
Also, one should respect their parents the most. It’s the most gifted and crucial task in life!