India is the second most populous country in the world. The population of India is around 1.3 billion. New Delhi, the capital of India, is one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities. But, in a city like Delhi where humans move towards growth, there are still some areas which are shadowed in darkness. These areas are the slums of Delhi. Over 20% of the population lives in these slums.
The Indian census defines the term “slum” as an area resided in yet unsuited for human habitation. People living in slums face numerous difficulties such as a lack of clean drinking water, risks emerging from industrial waste, the scarcity of education and health facilities and a lack of safe play spaces for children. The health of the children living in these areas is a major concern. Nearly 50 per cent of the children living in the slums of Delhi who are under six years of age are underweight, about half of the children do not receive nutritional supplements like Vitamin A and Iron and Folic Acid tablets and nearly a third have not been de-wormed.
According to a study conducted among 500 such children by volunteers of the NGO Child Rights and You, education for children in slums is like a distant dream. Only 47% of the children living in slums are enrolled in Anganwadi. Getting an education is not their primary goal. They are mainly involved in picking garbage, cleaning cars, and polishing shoes etc. Do they not have the right to live their life with dignity and have access to educational resources?
Despite the measures provided by the government like the Right to Education Act, the condition of children in slums has not improved. Unfortunately, the children have lost hope because they have accepted their fate. Everybody has the right to live a good quality of life. In order to develop our country further, this socio-economic gap between the rich and the poor needs to end. Every child has the right to dream and hope for a bright future. We, the members of Pehchaan The Street School have taken the initiative to help these children. We provide them with basic educational facilities. If you want to be a part of this initiative then please do contact us.