Bhopal's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Bhopal (pronounced Bo-paul) community is located in an urban area of central India, about an overnight train ride from New Delhi and Mumbai. Many people know Bhopal as the site of the Union Carbide industrial disaster in 1984, which led to the deaths of 20,000 people and caused injury and disease to more than 600,000 others.

There is much poverty in Bhopal. Official figures indicate there are 384 densely populated slums here, many of which are situated on the banks of rivers and steep slopes. Children and their families living in these slums have no access to clean water or sanitation services. Housing ranges from brick and cement structures to simple dwellings made of wood, mud, and plastic.
  • 133 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 3,156 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 82 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities               
  • 3,200 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 20 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 1,381 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 532 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 118 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 87 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
  • 40 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 4,400 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 1,381 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy               

Explore Bhopal

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Bhopal

There is such a sense of urgency about meeting basic needs that, for many families, sending their children to school is not a priority. Families come to rely on the extra income their children can earn as labourers, and time spent at school is seen as taking away from that. As many as 30% of girls between the ages of six and 14 do not attend school because they take on household tasks and work outside the home.

Inadequate school infrastructure and the poor quality of instruction present another obstacle to getting a good education. The few public schools that do exist are underequipped. Some lack drinking water and proper sanitation facilities, and the quality of teaching is generally poor.

Health Care
Infant and maternal mortality rates in Bhopal are very high, due in large part to inadequate health care and a lack of nutritious food. The government provides health care, but there are not enough facilities in the area, and the treatment they provide is often unreliable. The health of mothers and children is also influenced by limited awareness of the importance of good nutrition and a shortage of proper food.

Water and Sanitation
Access to safe drinking water is limited here, and people in Bhopal get their water mainly from public stands and boreholes. In addition, many households dump solid waste in the open because there is no trash collection system. As a result, heavy rains force garbage to flow into the streets, creating open sewers in this densely populated area.

Economic Development
There is intense competition in Bhopal for the few available jobs, and residents skill levels and literacy levels are very low. For men, most work they can secure does not allow them to build skills on the job. Untrained youth can find only unskilled work, due to their limited education and lack of technical training. While many people are interested in launching a business, they often lack the savings and skills to get started.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Bhopal,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.