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: 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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