Waste picking women form the most marginalized group among the unorganized workers. An estimated number of over 8000 families in Indore earn their livelihood from waste picking. And three times the numbers of people depend on allied activities with the waste collection and the waste recycling trade. They include the rag-picking women, itinerant buyers, small traders and middle-men, stockiest, workers at the small and medium sorting units, recycling factories and the dealers of the end products. Thus Janvikas has been working with the waste picking women, to mobilize them under the banner of a recognized organization, wherein they would gain from the collective strength and get the privileges of a registered body.
Women Empowerment Activities:-
Besides cooperative society, women are organized as Self Help Groups (SHGs) with 12-20 members in each group. Self Help Groups provide women a platform to come together to discuss their issues, support each other and also promote saving of their income in a small scale. There are 40 such groups with over 450 women members.
Civil Society Organization (CSOs):
Civil Society Organisations include both women and men in the slums who are formed as a group to make them responsible citizens who discuss their issues of the locality and try to solve it networking with government agencies. CSOs also take up Human Rights issues when their rights are denied as citizens of the country.
Youth are the most vulnerable sections of the society especially in slums who need constant assistance and guidance at their adolescent age. Janvikas organizes youth in the slums and gives rise to Youth Clubs to make them responsible citizens for social change. Through youth clubs, members are provided with leadership training, career guidance, development of communication skills etc. The members of the youth club meet every month to discuss the issues pertaining to youth and take up issues of the particular slum and try to solve them. The youth organizes free eye check-up camps for the elderly, plant trees on World Environment Day etc.
Health and Hygiene
Women and children in the slums who are engaged in Rag Picking are exposed to hazardous life situations as they deal with all kinds of waste materials (plastic, paper, metal, glass etc). They also face the problem of non-accessibility to medical facilities and are unable to afford the expensive medical treatment. Janvikas provides medical assistance to such people in the slums through regular medical camps with the help of a professional doctor and medicines are provided free of cost.
Awareness Creation and Educative Programme:-Meetings, trainings and workshops for women members of the cooperative are arranged to educate the members about concept of cooperative movement. Such meetings are used to create awareness on the issues like education, health, hygiene, child marriage, child labor, drug addiction, alcoholism, and domestic violence etc. They are also told about their contribution in solid waste management.
Activities are in progress in 'Creating awareness among people of Indore city on cleanliness' as part of Swach Bharat Abhiyan in collaboration with Indore Municipal corporation.
An extensive survey of Rag Pickers in Indore city is being carried out by Janvikas Society.
Janvikas is part of the nation wide campaign for inclusion of Rag Pickers into the Solid Waste Management Process.
The Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 clearly states about the inclusion of Rag Pickers in the Solid Waste Management Process. Rag Pickers are the owners of dry waste generated.
National Workshop of Alliance of Indian Waste Pickers (AIW) will be held on 11th and 12th of February 2020 in Bhopal. Waste Pikers along with representatives of organizations working with waste pickers will discuss various issues faced by them during the workshop.
National Youth Day will be celebrated at Janvikas along with the Youth Club members from different slums.
Admissions are open for the 9th batch of DB Tech Skill Training in Tailoring, Office Assistant, Assistant Beauty Therapist and Assistant Electrician. The new batch will commence from first week of April 2020.