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  Project Name


Empowering Delhi''s waste pickers to fight for social justice






Community Empowerment







  Budget Approved


Rs 484000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Lakshmi Gorrepati


College Park









To enable waste recyclers to build bridges with middle class Delhi to create a constituency of support that will result in advocacy, improved understanding of the role of wastepickers and less hostile work conditions. This project aims to enhance the legal and policy level knowledge of waste pickers in Delhi so that they can be properly equipped to demand their rights to a decent livelihood.





Safai sena (a registered group of waste pickers in Delhi) was helped start with help from this project.Safai sena was given the contract to do post Airtel Delhi marathon and impressed by their work they have been given the contract again.Some of the waste pickers from Safai sena also went to Copenhagen and Cancun to participate in the climate change meetings with help from Chintan. They demanded that they be allowed to sort waste and recycle and not incinerate all waste by machines that add more CO2 to the environment.Work by this project has ensured that waste pickers can also be beneficiaries of the urban poor social security scheme proposed by the govt of Delhi





1. Creating knowledge nuggets to be texted once a fortnight, based on news. These may include events as well as news from across the world. 2. Chintanís mobilizers will be given a 20 minute debrief every week to so they can share this in their area meetings 3. Safai Sena meets every month. This will be an opportunity to discuss a summary of critical news and what it means to wastepickers of Safai Sena. This will be facilitated by Chintan. 4. Set up a kabari directory so we are able to deepen outreach 1. Wastepickers usually need some training to speak in public without hesitation or being conscious of their dialect or even, poor Hindi as many speak Bhojpuri etc. and are often mocked. Training in confident public speaking will be essential to our objective and has been a demand previously as well. 50 wastepickers at least will be trained in public speaking, with at least half being women. 2. Safai Sena must be able to self-represent via its website, which need to be upgraded and widely disseminated. This will be done through mailers, the media and through Google tools, after the wastepickers give a go ahead of the content. Chintanís technical knowledge person will constantly upgrade the content as it is technically challenging to most people. Every quarter, the updates will be shared with Safai Sena. 3. Delhi and the region has several meetings on waste and issues related to issues that impact wastepickers. The technical knowledge person will keep a track of these and ensure that some wastepickers attend these events and are able to place their views. For example, there were at least 6 conferences on inclusive cities and on waste in the last year, pointing out to the incredible network of opportunities for wastepickers. 4. Several schools are good sites for spreading the idea as they not only provide wastepickers with waste at source, but can learn from him or her and support them. Wastepickers will be trained to talk about waste is lucid, simple terms, with confidence to teachers etc. and even, where possible, at assembly, so children learn en masse and the message is able to spread. At least 10 schools will be covered in diverse ways, based on the schools own capacity and teachers.



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