Bangalore (Bengaluru) is the capital of the state of Karnataka in the Deccan Plateau in South India. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India and it is the third most populous city in the country. With an economic growth of 10.3 percent, Bangalore is the fastest growing metropolis in India. While many parts of Bangalore are flourishing, others areas are still struggling with severe poverty.
But to most tourists and affluent citizens this poverty is almost unseen; conveniently tucked away on the outskirts of the city so as not to disturb anyone. According to a census in 2001, there are 733 slums in the city. But the government does little to help the people in poverty. The school fees are difficult for families to afford and the government schools provide inadequate education. Living within unsanitary conditions creates large health risks but there is no affordable or accessible health care available. In some areas, a truck with clean water only comes by every three days. The price for water is not cheap. Poor families struggle daily with access to clean water. During monsoon season the small shacks, which house large families, flood leading to further health issues as well as safety issues.
A GRASSROOTS INITIATIVE
The Lifeline Organization was created by local people of Bangalore for local people of Bangalore. Our employees and volunteers have grown up in this area and fully understand the issues that our poor residents face. Many of the people that work in Lifeline live by or in the slums they work in. They are consistently available to our borrowers day and night. Lifeline has proved the effectiveness of an organization working from the grassroots level. In order to evoke change the entire community must change and we are part of that community.