Trilokpuri is a resettlement colony of residents in East Delhi which were rehabilitated here when slums in Delhi were cleared out in 1975-76. Majority of the population is low income minorities, such as Valmikis (Dalit) and Muslims. Most of the people work in the unorganized sector in jobs like pulling hand rickshaws, driving auto rickshaws, carpentry, masonry or garbage collection and sanitation. Most of the women are domestic workers working in nearby societies of Mayur Vihar.
The rapid increase in population has led to shanty living conditions; many blocks have open drains. Unemployment in youth is high and drug abuse as well as gambling is common due to which it is considered unsafe by women, especially for their daughters.
Foundation for Equal Citizenship started work in this area in May 2016, beginning by meetings and group discussions with the local community activists, women and children to understand the problems, what is already being done and areas for intervention they consider are important.
Our main intervention areas will be:
- Women’s Empowerment: Ibtida, a Women’s Design, Entrepreneurship and Learning Centre was started in the 3rd week of June 2016 focusing on empowerment through skill development leading to entrepreneurship, workshops on their rights, health and child care in partnership with Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, a Central University. Professor Sabiha Hussain, Director of the Sarojini Naidu Centre inaugurated Ibtida.
- 25 women were trained in Sewing by November 2016
- Empowered first entrepreneur, Shahnaz to start her own sewing centre by giving her support through 5 sewing machines and leadership guidance. She hopes to end her domestic worker job of cleaning homes and grow her centre along with starting a boutique.
- 10 women and girls were invited by International Peace Builder’s for a workshop on women at India International Centre, New Delhi in October 2016 where they got an opportunity to interact with international delegates and women from other local NGOs. It was an eye opener for them.
- Future plans
- Digital training and informal adult and girls education.
- Leadership and financial training
- Identify and enable self motivated women like Shahnaz to start self help group and assist in getting loans for their own business
- A 10 day Summer Camp for kids in Chilla Village was conducted from June 21 2016 beginning with a ‘Paint for a Cause’ competition where students expressed issues important to them through art.
- Children’s Creative Learning Centre was started in Trilokpuri in September 2016 in partnership with ABC Campaign catering to kids from low income families mostly from slums of Ambedkar camp where they learn in a child friendly informal environment with a mix of education, drawing, painting, public speaking, drama and outdoor activities encouraging team building in community spaces
- Engaging with parents for community strenthening and ideas for intervention
- Organize workshops on childcare – sanitation, health and nutrition