Faridabad's Community News

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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 Faridabad community is an urban settlement located on the outskirts of Delhi. Families in these informal neighbourhoods face issues of overcrowding, factory waste, and pollution. Most residents are disadvantaged migrant families from other parts of India, as well as from countries like Nepal and Afghanistan. People are seeking a better life, but since they lack the necessary skills and education to find jobs in the city, families and children end up stuck. Most people work in menial temporary jobs as daily wage earners. Many parts of the community lack basic services like clean water and sanitation.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:

  • Improve school infrastructure, provide teaching aids, and establish community centres and child friendly spaces.
  • Establish bridge schools in partnership with school management committees to help working children return to school.
  • Implement remedial programs to help students in reading, writing, and math.
  • Teach parents about the value of their children's education, in partnership with parent-teacher associations.
  • Establish children's clubs and youth groups to teach children about their rights and responsibilities, and provide them with opportunities to express themselves.
  • Provide youth with life skills training and support them to develop their own plans and initiatives to improve life in their families and community.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:

  • Help parents attain birth registration for their children so that they can access public health care services.
  • Train parents in preventive health care practices, including nutrition and hygiene, as well as the management of common illnesses and when to seek medical help.
  • Train health care workers and improve local health clinics.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:

  • Improve water, sanitation, and draining infrastructure in partnership with local government agencies.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Faridabad can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:

  • Bring families together to form self-help groups, where group members pool their resources, learn about savings and credit, take collective responsibility for each other's economic development, and receive and repay small loans.
  • Provide training and support to establish and expand income-generating activities.
  • Train youth in vocational skills that are in demand in the city through youth self-help groups.
  • Develop partnerships between banks, employment readiness programs, and employment bureaus to ensure that community members access the support they need for business or job enhancement.
Child Protection
  • 132 first responders were trained in child protection
  • 2239 people were made aware of the effects of harmful traditional practices
  • 1976 families trained in parenting skills
  • 8 communities created functional child protection units
  • 294 functional children groups
  • 294 children's groups functioning well
  • 8140 children are now participating in children's groups
  • 3700 children attended a Life School For Transformational Development program
  • 7 communities with a plan to improve the lives of children, so the community can address issues that impact the well-being of girls and boys.
  • 1 interface meeting organized between child protection units and formal child protection actors
  • 607 school children completed training on personal safety
  • 2166 school-aged children completed life skills workshops, helping them learn a variety of skills such as leadership and creative thinking.
  • 6 functional self-help groups are functioning in the community
  • 7 communities have used Citizen Voice and Action to access services
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Faridabad

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 Faridabad

There aren't enough primary or middle schools in Faridabad to accommodate all the community's children. Existing schools are poor, lacking basic equipment, like classroom furniture, and facilities, such as safe drinking water. School enrolment is low and dropout rates are high. There are few opportunities available for technical or vocational education.

Many parents, especially mothers, are not literate and therefore don't always see the value of education for their children, especially their girls. Children lack the motivation to stay in school, and as a result often begin to work at young ages. Many girls stay home to do chores or care for younger siblings instead of attending school. Few children, almost none of them girls, continue on to high school because their parents do not support their goal of higher education.

Health Care
Pollution from cars and local industries is problematic in Faridabad, and children are regularly ill as a result. Respiratory illnesses are common and tuberculosis affects many in the community. Despite all of this, many migrant families do not trust doctors or hospitals, and many children are not vaccinated as a result. Parents do not have the knowledge they need to provide good preventive health care to their children, or to recognize when to seek help.

Water and Sanitation
Only 15% of families have toilets and there is no sewage or draining system in place. It is difficult for residents to access safe, clean water sources. As a result, waterborne diseases and diarrhea affect many community members.

Economic Development
In the Faridabad community, most people are illiterate, unskilled, or semi-skilled migrant labourers. Families are entrenched in poverty and continue to earn small incomes as maids, sweepers, and temporary workers, or in small trade. There is little hope among families of improving their lives and the future of their children. Unemployment is common and families are become further indebted to moneylenders to provide for their basic needs.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Faridabad,  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.