“Our slum is home to around 112 families. We live in deplorable condition but the bonding between the families is very good. Even though we are part of the city but we lack basic amenities. It is hard to make it believable that for 50 years we lived without a toilet. Water borne diseases were rampant and for years we lived in unhygienic conditions. Especially it was hard for the women folk. We had absolutely no privacy and were subject to regular harassment. However, when Adarsh Seva Sansthan started working for the welfare of our slum, life started getting a bit better. In January 2016, a petition was filed to Jharkhand Notified Area Committee (JNAC) and a local Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for constructing a community toilet with water points. Following which engineers from JNAC surveyed the location and began construction of a four chambered community toilet, two each for men and women. Finally, within a span of seven months, the first pair of toilet was constructed in the slum. It was a wait of 50 years and we are inexplicably happy. Each family now contributes two rupees towards maintenance of the toilets. Now we no longer feel ashamed and afraid. Instead we have become hopeful and along with the support of the civil society organization wants to work for the betterment of our own slum.” Residents of the Sidhu Kanu Slum, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. 

Adarsh Seva Sansthan, our partner organization under the Samaveshi Sheher Programme, is working towards the development of the urban slums; especially the organization is working towards ensuring rights and basic entitlements accessible by the urban poor.