ABOUT THE AREA
This group of slum colonies consists of EWS quarters, Ambedkar nagar, L.R.
Nagar and Rajendra Nagar. Together they are known as the Rajendra Nagar slums.
There are about 13,000 families living in this area. Many parts of Rajendra Nagar are severely devoid of basic infrastructural facilities. EWS Quarters and L.R. Nagar hold the largest number of extremely poor and suffering families in Bangalore. They live in make-shift sheds constructed out of corrugated zinc sheets. The average family size is around six. With hardly 60 square feet to share between them, living in these slums can be very difficult. In the summer the sheds are unbearably hot and when it’s monsoon season their homes fill up with several feet of water. The entire family crowds up on the one bed they have, and hope that the water does not rise any further.
An open sewage line runs across the streets (see above). Walking beside this sewage, reeking of human and animal excrement, it is hard to imagine how individuals have managed to stay here, breathing in the stench day-in and day-out.
Lifeline began it’s operations in Rajendranagar in 2007. Led by trustees Venkat Iyer and Arif Vakil, Lifeline has been able to reach out to many people in the slum area. Common occupations for the borrowers are tailoring, artificial jewelry and small shops or breakfast stands. Venkat Iyer’s organization Swabhimaan, has organized a school with quality teachers for the children of Rajendranagar as well as a regular health clinic.