All metro cities are characterized by slums and overcrowded districts where the poorest of the poor live. Bangalore has its slums too, inhabited by daily wage laborers, plumbers, mechanics, artisans, bus and rickshaw drivers etc. In many ways, these people are the lifeline of the city. Their services are essential for Bangalore to function at its best. Yet on a good day, all that slum-dwellers earn is around Rs.100/, or $2. That’s about what you would pay for lunch if you visit Bangalore. In fact your lunch may cost you more. Yet they are expected to support an average family size of four (many times six or eight), with that wage. Hence most of slum-dwellers eat the cheapest, least hygienic, least nutritious of meals. They struggle to pay their monthly rent for their tin shed. Some of them still manage to send children to some sort of school in the hope that their kids will be able to lead a life of dignity some day. Nourishment levels are very low, which leads to illnesses, further loss of wages, pushing them deeper into poverty cesspool.
No one deserves a life like this, where one has to enslave himself/herself to pay hospital bills or school fees. We have taken up various initiatives all across the city of Bangalore to improve the lives of the poorest strata of the city.
Our core activity involves offering micro-credit, small loans to enable women of the slums become independent and out the debt trap.
We have undertaken various projects to ensure that the children living in these slums receive quality education. Some of which are:
- Taking active part in the running of the Yelagundapaliya Government School
- Giving out yearly scholarships to students from the slums
- Providing English tuition
In addition to setting up a low-cost clinic at Rajendranagar slum, we are always available to the residents of the slum for any major health cost and try to ensure that there burden is reduced as much as possible.
We provide support in the form of grants to the poor and the needy facing emergencies and crises on a case by case basis. Such grants are funded through zakat and sadaqa donations that we receive throughout the year.