History Of Amcha Ghar
Background of the Founder
Agatha Sushila Dias (Founder) of Amcha Ghar came from a very small village known as Madar Ajmer situated in Rajasthan was born & brought up in a Rawat Rajput family on 26th Jan 1967. Her Late father Armand Balu Singh (Retired Army Officer) & Late Mother Agnes Armand Singh was a housewife. Her mother was a role model, as she was known to serve & help people those who were in need. She would never allow anyone to go hungry, who came to her doorstep. So these values were inherited from her parents. In order to serve the people, and to be a strong Catholic Missionary she left the house at an early age of 16.
Journey Of Her Life
When she was sixteen, it was her decision to join the German Missionary to serve the people. So her journey began from a very small village to a metropolitan city of Mumbai. Being in Mumbai (Andheri) learned English language and began her mission with needy people of Andheri slums, later she served in Madhya Pradesh villages, Bangalore slums through convent of the Holy Spirit Missionaries.
In the year 1991 she joined Nirmala Niketan college of Social Work, as a missionary to complete her graduation (Social Work). But to her dismay, she realized that it was not her destiny that meant for her religious life. In the final year of graduation, she dropped the idea of being a Missionary. And with 20,000/- Rs in her hand, she got an admission in the college hostel. And she began an independent life.
In the year 1993 with lot of financial difficulties she completed the final year and looked out for a job that paid her Rs 2800/-. And during the last days of her Bachelor’s degree she met Mr. Dias.
In the year 1994, she came to know him personally, very soon they became together . In courtship, life moved well for a year. Being in touch with him she changed her plans of Social Work and completed her Management Studies.
Realization for the need of a home (NGO)
Life was going on smoothly but in the year 1995, when she returned from her Christmas holidays. It was informed to her, by the seniors to collect a detail report about the case of sexual abuse that occurred in her zone during her absence. While she was investing the whole case, a question was raised somewhere deep inside the bottom of her heart, “Sushila you work for 8 hours a day and you go back home in a save environment but what happens to these girls at night, who do not have a father in their families?”
While interrogating the case she spoke to her mother, and to her surprise it was known, that she was aware about the whole situation but did not utter a voice, thinking that otherwise who will support her family. It was pathetic even to listen and very disheartening to believe.
It was a heart breaking news on knowing that, how can a mother takes things for granted. By this shock , she felt as if ground has shifted beneath her leg.
She was young and full of zeal, to serve the society. So she took it as a challenge to do something for these girls. And she left the job and made an investigation how to go to save these innocent angels from the street & these evil men.
Birth of AMCHA GHAR
Amcha Ghar is a NGO that provides a residential home for orphan and semi-orphan girls, from the streets of Mumbai. In the 1990s, Mrs. Agatha Susheela Dias, worked as a social worker in the streets of Mumbai. Later in 1995, she along with Mr. Anthony Dias (husband) rescued a sexually exploited girl from the Mumbai Streets. They discovered that no institution would admit her because she wasn’t an orphan. Eventually, they realized that no home catered to semi-orphan girl child, those living in vulnerable situations. The girls were denied admission in homes if they had a single parent; despite the fact that the single parent often worked all day, leaving the girl to fend for herself or placing her in the care of sexually, physically or emotionally abusive relatives. After witnessing such helplessness, Mr. and Mrs. Dias were inspired to form a unique organization that would serve those living in such situations.
On 14 April, 1996 in a village named Uttan in the city of Bhayander, a committed team of social workers, attorneys, doctors and well wishers joined Mr. and Mrs. Dias to give birth to Amcha Ghar. Initially, with providing a home to three girls, it has grown to a place that now caters to 25 girls and still growing. They have rehabilitated many girls to the main stream of society by providing them assistance for higher education, good job in reputed companies and also by getting them married. Amcha Ghar has been offering education to approximately 800 village students at Amcha Ghar School.
Amcha Ghar focuses on early intervention, rescuing and rehabilitating young girls from the streets. If necessary, it also provides counseling and economic guidance to girls’ parents or relatives, with the ultimate aim of stabilizing the family environment and improving economic status so that, the girls can be re-united with their families.
An identity of self-worth and acceptance is instilled in each child through the healthy family environment at Amcha Ghar Home. Amcha Ghar now encompasses not only, a Residential Home in the village of Uttan, but also provides English medium education to the poor village kids of fisher folk families, migrants, etc., at Amcha Ghar School. The demeanor and discipline of Amcha Ghar girls have earned them respect & reputation where ever they go. Amcha Ghar strives to produce self-sufficient, empowered young women, who can succeed in today’s fast-paced and competitive world through settling them back to main stream of society.