Millions of people in India exist in desperate poverty, without access to basic amenities like clean water, sanitation and adequate shelter. Overcrowding and environmental degradation make the urban poor particularly vulnerable to the spread of disease, crimes and violence. Most urban poor have uncertain employment situations, marked with low pay and deplorable working conditions.
HPPI in partnership with Government and private organizations implements three urban poor projects in Delhi and NCR. While two of them run in some of Delhi’s poorest and densely populated areas in Delhi North and Delhi East, the third one is reaching out to migrant workers and their families living in slum areas of Gurgaon.
The key growth indicators of Urban-Poor development projects are:
- Welfare schemes and policy linkages: Create programs for information sharing and connecting marginalized community with governmental urban poor policies and welfare schemes.
- Resource mobilization: Promote institutions like self help groups and community groups for mobilization of poor and homeless groups into skill development and training programs.
- Health & Sanitation: Provide accessible and acceptable health services, run awareness campaigns on hygiene, sanitation and diseases like HIV & AIDS, meet demands for water supply, drainage, waste management and public lighting through participatory processes involving the community.
- Capacity Building: Provide support to establish inclusive and self sustainable community and prepare action plans for their technical, social and economic development.
HPPI works with Self Help Groups, Youth Groups and other community based groups. HPPI’s Urban CDP projects have impacted 25000 people across all projects through health camps, awareness campaigns and skill and technical trainings.
HPPI’s projects work in the following areas of urban development interventions:
- Gender resource Centre: Projects under this segment engage in women empowerment and capacity building programs through self help groups and legal aid against domestic abuse and violence. It includes vocational skills training like advanced beauty culture course and cutting & tailoring training to women and girls, along with nutrition & cooking workshops for techniques of healthy and sanitary food.
- Homeless Resource Centre: This aspect of the project cares for homeless citizens, assist them in getting ADHAR cards, voter’s cards and opening micro savings accounts, helps children get enrolled in government schools, and supports hundreds of people through night shelters and medical aid, during the night rescue operations of winters.
- Urban Health: Projects organize, mobile and stationary clinics, health camps, awareness campaigns for institutionalized delivery, pre & post natal care for mother & child. It arranges informatory events on nutritional requirements and hygiene, health and sanitation programs and vital information on vulnerability and prevention from diseases like HIV and TB.
- Urban Community development: It includes holistic approach towards sustainable development of urban poor through early child development, women and child literacy programs, increased wealth and wellbeing through skills training, environmental protection programs along with food security and legal aid to the community.
Urban poverty is a function not only of income and growth but its distribution across income classes. It includes matter of vulnerability, infrastructural inequalities and inter-generational transmission of poverty. Urban poverty projects work on decentralization of development and challenging constraints of social and environmental dimensions.
Read more about HPPI's Urban Community Devlopment and Livelihood initiatives in Annual Report 2014-15