Project Umeed

Project Umeed is implemented in 5 slums (Garibnagar, Behrampada, Indira Nagar Pipeline, Patel Nagar and Kherwadi) situated near Bandra Railway Station in the heart of Mumbai. Launched in 2009, the project envisions empowering the community, especially children, through an integrated approach to make them aware of their rights and strengthen their abilities to lead an enhanced quality of life and contribute positively in the process of development.

Key Statistics: Project Umeed is reaching out to a population of 10,000 persons living in about 2,000 families in the 5 slums around Bandra Railway Station. The project has been implemented in partnership with 4 grassroots NGO partners from Mumbai.

Key issues in the programme area: Some of the key issues affecting the children are as follows:

  • Extremely poor health and hygiene conditions in the project area
  • Non availability of quality low cost education
  • Child labour
  • No space or platform for children's participation in community decision making
  • No space or platform for children's participation in community decision making; (e) Children exploited for criminal activities and addiction.

Plan's Intervention

  • Improving the quality of education and pedagogy in municipal schools through teachers training, innovative teaching learning materials, inclusion of children (particularly girls) from marginalised communities into school education.
  • Advocacy and capacity building of government healthcare providers and ensuring immunisation and health check in the programme communities in partnership with them.
  • Awareness generation in the community on health focusing on maternal and child health and hygiene.
  • Establishing and supporting child learning centres to promote their participation and leadership in their community development.
  • Capacity building of adolescent children, women and youths on child rights, government schemes and entitlements.
  • Campaigns, drives, exhibitions and events to promote awareness on child rights in slums.
  • Encouraging community participation through strengthening community groups.
  • Vocational training and entrepreneurship development for young women and men.
  • Highlights: The first batch of 317 adolescent girls trained on self-defence and got certified by Parivartan Cell of Delhi Police.
  • Highlights: 70,000 community members indirectly engaged on the subject of girls' safety
  • Highlights: 8,327 adolescent girls and 1,397 boys have been engaged through various community activities of the project
  • Highlights: In Hyderabad, Plan currently works in 25 slum clusters supporting 25,960 persons, out of which, 5,796 are girls and 5,388 are boys.
  • Highlights: The total number of sponsored children in Bihar is 9,731, out of which 7,878 (81%) are girls.
  • Highlights: Plan in Odisha supports more than 15,333 girls and 17,122 boys with its projects and programmes.
  • Highlights: At present, Plan programmes touch the lives of 92,000 families in approximately 820 Panchayats across 8 districts in Rajasthan.
  • Highlights: Plan reaches more than 89,078 girls and 93,167 through its projects and programmes in Delhi.


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