Until last week Jeevan Jha (63) hadn't seen her little grand daughter, who lives in the US, for months. Though Jha used to speak with her granddaughter daily on the phone but she missed seeing her grow up.
A resident of Safdarjung Enclave, Jha wasn't familiar with the internet and was deprived of its benefits. Now, she video chats with her grand daughter everyday and they also exchange pictures.
Free computer classes for senior citizens by the Safdarjang RWA have made similar changes to the lives of scores of senior citizens living in the area.
"I didn't' know that internet was so useful. Now, I can see my son and his daughter. We do video chatting everyday. This is a bit emotional for us. The internet training has got me closer to my family," said Jha.
Now, Jha plans to debut on Facebook as her peers have started sharing pictures and views on the website.
And for some learning internet in their twilight days is getting closer to their religion by reading the literature on it. "There is so much to read on the internet. One can read about health, yoga, religion and also access rare historical pictures. No library can be so exhaustive," said Vijay Singh (65), a voracious reader.
"We took this initiative to equip senior citizens with the basic computer and internet skills. Many elderly couples don't stay with their children and the internet can bring them closer to their kids. We'll be glad if we make even the slightest difference to their lives," said Pankaj Agarwal, secretary, Delhi RWA Joint Front.
Taking a leaf out of this initiative taken by the Safdarjung Enclave RWA, the residents' bodies in GK, CR Park, Mayur Vihar other areas are also planning to do the same.
"We will replicate it in our area. CR Park is full of elderly citizens. Even to book railway tickets they take pains of standing in the queue. We are enthusiastic about this idea," said P.K Roy, secretary, EPDP Association, the umbrella body of 25 RWAs in CR Park.