Slums of South Mumbai

Plan India has been working in the slums of municipal ward A, B and E in South Mumbai since 2008 to promote right to early childhood development and quality education of children. The slum communities where the project is implemented are sprawled on the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) land, but its existence is not acknowledged by either by MbPT or Municipal Corporation of the city because of their unauthorised status which also poses challenges in development of this area. The slums are inhabited by migrants from all over the country. Most of these inhabitants are daily wage labourers. They are either illiterate or are school dropouts. Women take care of the household work and some of them are also employed as domestic workers in the surrounding area. As lack of water supply and garbage disposal are problems that affects the residents of the community, challenges like getting place for a centre, ensuring continuity of children in the centres are crucial to our intervention. The closest municipal school area is a couple of kilometres away where most of children from these areas are enrolled.

Key achievements

  • Every year around 3,000 children in the age group of 3-18 years from seven slum communities directly get benefits from the project focusing on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) and education.
  • Communities based educational programmes were organised in seven slums communities.
  • Conducting 4 classes in a day, School on Wheels Bus reaches out to around 160 children (who dropped out of school or have never been to school) every year. Many of these children have been enrolled to formal schools.
  • In the project, 12 balwadis covers around 300 children every year.
  • Seven study classes (covering around 150 children every year) were run in the community to support first generational learners to cope with school education. On an average, around 99% of the children associated with these study centres continue their formal schooling and did not drop out from school.
  • More than 700 school going children of Byculla Municipal School benefit through school partnership programmes which is a direct intervention in the municipal school for making it a place conducive for learning.
  • Highlights: 300,00 school children benefited from sports for development, Building as Learning Aid (BALA), improved school WASH, digital learning, science labs and library in schools initiatives
  • Highlights: 60,000 people benefited from 75 anaemia screening and prevention camps in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Rajasthan
  • Highlights: 40,000 school going children, particularly adolescent girls, now have access to improved WASH facilities
  • Highlights: 28,000 community members trained on various aspects of child protection
  • Highlights: 30,000 people reached out to with disaster relief during floods in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai
  • Highlights: 34,000 women members of SHGs and joint liability groups have been trained for entrepreneurial and business skills, financial literacy and financial inclusion


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