In 1987, a six-day curfew was imposed in the city of Shahjahanabad due to curb the communal violence incited during the ongoing riots at the time. This led to a paucity of essential commodities amongst many individuals and family of the Old City. A group of young men decided to step forward and collected and distributed rations among those who were in need of them. They continue to be the good samaritans of their locality and continue to give back to their society. They finally registered themselves as Delhi Youth Welfare Association in December 1990. Now an officially registered non-profit organisation, DYWA grew in terms of its functions and activities, which now became more organised and goal-oriented. It started off with assisting widows financially and helping them to avail free healthcare by getting their cards issued. They also conducted blanket distribution drives during winters for the homeless.
“The best gift from a father to his child is education and upbringing.”
– Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him)
Hadith of At-Tirmidhi on the authority of Sa’id Ibn Al-as.
DYWA wished to adopt more long-term oriented goals. It saw education as an empowering tool as knowledge is the chance for a person to become better off in terms of finance and life circumstances. DYWA takes several sincere steps to sensitize and enlighten the masses towards the significance of education not only to equip the underprivileged sections of the society but also to provide them wings to unleash all their shackles. Education could empower a person with the required skill set to seek employment or to start something of their own. DYWA began by distributing course material for 15 students and providing them with academic guidance.
The subsequent need to have a library led to the establishment of Hazrat Shah Waliullah Library in 1994. All members of DYWA were asked to donate whatever amount of books they could to the library. The library presently has more than 20,000 books with about 2,500 rare titles and editions. The library has been facing a major issue of paucity of space and overloading.
Presently, distribution of course material has become a part of the regular functioning of DYWA and is currently supporting 600-700 students with their course material. In addition to this customary practice, DYWA provides coaching and educational assistance, facilitates the students to opt for the best career option by providing career counselling sessions and also provides constant motivation and encouragement to the children.
Hazrat Shah Wali-ullah Library
Hazrat Shah Waliullah library is yet another successful achievement of DYWA, which was originated on 21 March 1994 as a sincere measure by the dedicated DYWA members to preserve the ancient treasures for the posterity. It contains a variety of books namely the rare works of Ghalib, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Zauq, Momin, Sir Syed Khan, an Urdu translation of the Bhagwad Gita, a 700 years old Arabic book on logic and medieval Sufi treatises along with other contemporary books which epitomize the rich cultural diversity of our country. The library has thousands of books in different languages, be it Urdu, Hindi, English, Persian or Arabic.
Message by the President