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.
- 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.