Faridabad is about 25 Kilometers from Delhi in 28o 25′ 16″ North Latitude and 77o 18′ 28″ East Longitude. It is bounded by Union Territory of Delhi (National Capital) on its north, Palwal District in the south, Gurgaon District on the west and State of Utter Pradesh on its east. The river Yamuna separates the District Boundary on eastern side with UP State. Delhi-Agra National Highway No.2 (ShershahSuri Marg) passes through centre of District. There are three railway stations (viz. Faridabad Main, New Town and Ballabgarh) on the Delhi-Mathura triple track broad-gauge line of the Indian Railway.
The people in the area belong to the poorest strata of the society, their life style and culture reflects the urban poverty characterized and resulting in child labour, lower school completion rates, unskilled and unemployed manpower which is underutilized, gender discrimination and violence, caste based social divisions, economic backwardness and social apathy.
The majority of the people in the area are migrants from various North Indian states, in search of the employment opportunities thrown open by one of the largest industrial areas in Asia-Faridabad, a booming city which borders the North Indian states of Delhi &Haryana. Since they come from the areas where farm-based activities are in prominence, these people are less fit and skilled and they who migrated in search of better life conditions, end up as daily wage workers, coolies, rickshaw pullers who have to toil hard to earn a descent income. This forces them to prefer their children at work to have them in schools. The children grown up as child labourers have minimal chances of having a descent life and the culture of poverty continues the vicious cycle.
Gender divisions are clear in the community. Men work in the factories; women stay at home or work as domestic workers in the houses nearby. It is a Hindu majority community with some pockets of Muslims. Women suffer in the patriarchal social settings in the community.
Chetanalaya implemented development programmes in 34 villages of Faridabad district in Haryana. The project has created revolutionary changes in the attitude of the villagers and social situation in the villages.
HIGHLIGHTS AS ON 31ST MARCH 2013
- 558 children in Neighbourhood Children Parliament
- 97 SHGs with 1253 members
- 15 youth group with 275 members
- 165 women trained in cutting & tailoring Course
- 132 women trained in beautician course
- 538 beneficiaries through Medical camps