Where We Work
Pune is the 7th largest city in India, situated about 160km from Mumbai. Deep Griha has centres in three slum areas in Pune: Tadiwala Road, Ramtekdi and Bibvewadi and additionally, runs two rural projects City of Child (at Kasurdi village) and Vidyanagari (near Chaufula village).
Tens of thousands of migrants - especially young people - arrive in the city each year, attracted by the growing IT and automobile industries. This has resulted in Pune having a very mixed population - just 38% are ethnic Marathis. English is becoming an increasingly important medium as international companies move into the city.
According to the local municipal government over 40% of Pune's population live in the slums and this does not include the thousands living in 'unofficial slums', which are subject to government clearance programmes.
Slum communities are often excluded from the economic growth benefiting their city. 60% of children in the slums have either dropped out of school or have never attended at all.
Lack of education and training means that people are unable to apply for the new jobs being created in the technology sector.
The difficult conditions of life in the slums contribute to widespread social issues, and a growing gang culture. Alcoholism is high, leading to violence and emotional and sexual abuse.
Across India, over 53% of children are victims of sexual abuse. One in every two women in the urban slums is subjected to one or more methods and degree of abuse by their husbands or families.
Malnutrition affects all sectors of the slum community. In 2005/06, 57% of pregnant women aged 15-49 in Maharashtra suffered from anaemia. Half of India's childhood deaths are due to malnutrition.
A New India?
Pune faces the challenge of reconciling the 'New India' with the Old. Deep Griha is working to ensure that all members of the community are able to benefit from the changes which the city is embracing.