Deonar Dumping ground in Govandi is the largest garbage dumping ground in Asia. It is a home for thousands of migrants who live in very bad conditions, lacking even the most basic amenities like food, proper clothing and shelter. About 3000 children live in and around the dumping ground today. Most of them are rag pickers supporting their family’s meager income. Child Labor is the deep-rooted socioeconomic problem here, but very few organizations work in this area due to the prevalence of high crime rate and lack of basic amenities
Karunya Trust through its Gyansaathi program sees the real need in this area and hopes to seed the value of education and health among the rag picking communities in Govandi. Through the effort of Gyansaathi, 100 % of the drop out children who joined the program have re-integrated into mainstream education or NIOS within 6 months of joining the program. Gyansaathi have 4 operating centers and have enrolled 800 children since the past 6 years.
Testimonial:- Myself Asif Shaikh a Gyansaathi Student would like to share my Testimony. I used to pick up rags from the dumping ground, a dropout from school; I only liked hanging out with friends and had bad addictions. Gyansaathi came to my house, counseled me and made me understand the importance of education. Today I can read and write. Recently I completed my 10th STD and doing my college. I dream of becoming a Marketing Manager in a Corporate Company.