Oxfam India works with six partners in Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh (UP), to directly reach 4,82,500 families. This theme focuses on the issues of the homeless, pavement dwellers, women domestic workers and waste pickers.
We work towards helping them articulate their demands for shelter and identity proofs to avail basic social benefits. This is done through organising resource centres (as in UP) and helplines, engaging with local municipal administration and helping workers organise themselves.
In Uttar Pradesh, about 1,300 urban poor obtained various identity proofs including Voter ID cards, Ration Cards, Unique Identification Cards through active coordination with State Election Commission and Regional Aadhar Office.
In Karnataka, 5,000 waste pickers got identity cards, health insurance and safety gear.
In UP, through our active engagement with the local administration, 23 permanent shelters became functional during extreme cold weather. We also organised more than 3,200 workers under a single banner.
While in Maharashtra, over 700 waste pickers organised themselves to demand an establishment of a Welfare Board for waste pickers.