Linked with Women in Slums, an UN study, with Background-Report on Cities in Transition, with W.O.M.E.N., with Hope in the slums: women’s work in Bangladesh, with Rethinking resettlement in Mumbai, with Mumbai pavement dwellers finally get their homes, with Ankur, with SHACK, Slum Dwellers International SDI, with Shanta Devi – India, and with Leena Joshi – India.

Apnalaya is an NGO running community development in Mumbai slums. Working with local groups and offering training for capacity building. Programmes include education, recreation, training, community health, vocational training. Service provision to the most marginalised community, capacity building for local groups Partnership in programmes to improve their living environment. Activity Sectors Child welfare, Consumer issues, Development(General), Education, Food and Nutrition, Grants/Aids, Health, Local Administration, Micro-enterprises, Poverty, Public Administration, Sanitation, Sustainable Development, Urban Development, Women’s issues. Address 75 Bhulabhai Desai Road, Cumbala Hill, Mumbai – 400026, Maharashtra, IN. Tel 91-22-4949752, Fax 91-22-3688512. (ex the British Council database).

Apnalaya extends its helping hand in communities that lack the most basic amenities and where access to education is difficult and school dropout rates high. It concentrates on developing local knowledge, skills and leadership to work on identifying needs, encouraging self-sufficiency through training, and also on providing direct services when required by the local people. Apnalaya was started in 1972 by Tom Holland, the then Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai. He was inspired to start Apnalaya by the sight of children playing at construction sites of reclamation work in Nariman Point. (Read more on he websites of GiveWorld).

Dumping Ground Workers Development Project: Intervention with rag pickers engaged in sorting out garbage from Deonar dumping ground situated in north-east Mumbai. Rag pickers mainly women and children are numbering above 5000 in shanty slums situated around the dumping grounds itself. Their economic condition is poor as their living condition. As the dumping ground is a prohibited area the rag pickers are often caught by the watchman and handed over to the police. When this happens in addition to paying fine they loose their daily wages as they are kept in police station for most of the day. ID cards have been recently provided to the members of the union. Apnalaya’s intervention includes organising the workers, formation of women’s saving-credit groups, provision of health facilities i.e. general clinics, gynaecological and ante natal care for women, pre school, nutrition schemes, recreation facilities, sponsorship for the children etc. Efforts are been made to take up many economic programmes, like advance local management and co-operative store. (Read all on Karmayog.org).

See here all direct Partner-NGOs of Apnalaya, and there about Apnalaya.

See also specially:
IndianNGOs.com Homepage; and there about Apnalaya.
flickr/photos; and there mainly the Apnalya Clinic.

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