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.
The project aims at organizing the youth in slums of Indore city. A group of twenty youth are formed into ‘Youth Club’ in each of the slums. The youth are motivated through training and capacity building programs to develop leadership qualities in them. Through various interventions they are capacitated to analyze their social situations and to respond positively to the needs of their community they live. Overall aim of the project is to make the youth responsible citizens and become change agents of the society.
The unhygienic living conditions and working situations make women who are engaged in waste picking vulnerable to many sicknesses. Waste pickers’ bodies and clothes are routinely exposed to contamination from bacteria and potentially toxic chemicals. The prevalence of fires at dumps exposes waste pickers to respiratory problems associated with smoke inhalation, coughs, breathing problems, headaches, and fatigue. Poverty and lack of access to basic health provisions make rag pickers prone to various diseases.
Women rag pickers are assisted with training in health and hygiene issues. The project helps them to understand the necessity of hygienic living and need to live a healthy life. Awareness and training helps them to deal with HIV/AIDS. Regular health check-ups and medical camps are conducted at slum level and medicines are provided free of cost.
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.