There are over 6 lakh people living in over 800 designated slums in the city of Bangalore. These slums are recognized by Municipal authorities and this makes access to basic sanitation, water and electricity somewhat possible. Close to 1 million people live in non-designated slums in abject poverty with no safe drinking water or even adequate sanitation.
Our children at Parikrma come from somewhere in between ambiguous terminology and statistics. The 1600 children come from 4 orphanages and 69 different communities across Kormangala, Jayanagar, Sahakaranagar and Yeshwanthpur, but diverse histories. Backgrounds of neglect, complete lack of medical care, alcoholic parents and various sorts of abuse are common stories. Perhaps, what is most alarming is that sometimes our children don't even get a meal a day.
However, one thing is for certain, if not for Parikrma, many of our children would not be in school.
Children stats at Parikrma:
- Ages: 5 - 18 years
- Total number of children: 1600
- Girls: 671
- Boys: 704
- Average Household Income: Rs. 3000/- (US$55) per month
- Average People / Household: 5
Children selection criteria
- Orphaned & abandoned children
- Slum children from households with income
Rs. 3000 p.m. (US$55)
- Below 6 years
- Special emphasis on the girl child
- Preference to siblings
- No distinction of caste, creed & religion