Plan India has been working in the slums situated around Bandra railway station since 2009. We work in the slums of Garibnagar, Indira Nagar Pipeline, Patel Nagar, Kherwadi and Behrampada with around 2,000 families and 10,000 people. The slums are inhabited primarily by migrant families from other Indian states, with mostly male dominated Muslim households. Owing to an overall conservative outlook, the women are often illiterate and have restrictions on their mobility. As the community stood on land belonging to both the local municipal corporation and the railways, several families had been evicted or relocated. The community hence, lives with this persistent threat of being evicted.
- The Kherwadi Municipal School (KMS) supported by Plan India has registered 100% enrolment with a total of 490 children attending school with no drop outs.
- The average attendance of children enrolled in the school increased from 30% to 80%.
- In KMS, each grade has 35 students per section and with 33 trained teachers, the teacher – student ratio stands at 1:15.
- Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) centres and health post have joined forces in providing quality health services to the community.
- Community groups have taken the lead in ensuring improved health and sanitation practices in the community.
- One public toilet complex has been constructed within the project area with leadership from the local people.
- The Vasati Swatchata Yojana staff members make regular visits to the project area for removal of garbage. Families also ensure the use of dustbins for garbage disposal.
- Children are organised into groups which resulted in improving their self-confidence, self-expression and participation in decision making.
- Setting up of a children's bank has inculcated the habit of savings among children.
- More than 750 persons (18-35 years), both men and women, have received skills based vocational training through training centres supported by Plan India.
- Women in the project area have started taking up self-employment opportunities and working out of their homes.