J.J Colony – Bawana, New Delhi is located at 28.8°N 77.03°E. It has an average elevation of 213 metres (698 feet). The villages touching bawana are nangal thakran, bajit pur, dariya pur, majra dabas, pooth khurd, holabmi khurd, kheda khurd,holambi kalan, sultanpur dabas and ghogha. The area of the village under farming used to be 52000 bigha but now most of it has been acquired by delhi government for industrial area. Bawana has khadar soil and is a very fertile area with very high water table because of the western Yamuna canal and the high density of ponds. The climate of bawana is also extreme with very high temperatures in summer and almost zero level temperature during winter.
Bawana JJ Colony is a resettlement colony, which came into existence in the year 2004-05 and comprises of 9200 families with a population of nearly 65300 People. Every year thousands of new families are added to the community as J.J Colony is the area marked by Delhi Corporation to rehabilitate slum dwellers evacuated from the City. Recently because of Common Wealth Games, the number of such resettled people are more. People live in slum clusters comprising largely of juggies and semi concrete buildings. The migrants belong to states like Rajasthan, Bihar, U. P, Bengal, Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is a heterogeneous community with 50 % Dalits, 30 % OBCs, 15 % Upper Caste and 5% Tribal. It is a migrant population of about 55 % Hindus, 40% Muslims, and 5% of other religions. The socio, economic condition of all the categories are the same. Many social problems like poverty, unemployment, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, poor health and sanitation, child labour, theft. etc. prevails here along with it poor drainage and sanitation, unavailability of safe drinking water, poor health and hygiene, increasing school dropouts, unavailability of proper medical care shows their misery.
The current situation is relatively improved after the hard work of six years by Chetanalaya together with the community, a few other NGOs and Government departments. So far our project has helped the people to settle down to a normal life and overcome the mental stress that they underwent due to displacement. Most of the people realized that it is important to educate children, to earn better livelihood and to maintain good health. Now some of them have started to support their family, or started some small income generation activity with the help of loan from their SHGs. This project benefited the individuals and his/her family and also the community through their efforts. The youth are motivated to become self-reliant and to build a suitable career, which will support them to live a standard life.
The SHG programme of Chetanalaya has nearly one thousand five hundred families above poverty line and through SHG strategy some four hundred people have built their own houses. Educational and Health status have improved through Chetanalaya’s interventions. The housing programme introduced by Chetanalaya made more than 400 people to own a house of their own. A larger section of the Bawana community is on the path of sustainable development assisted and facilitated by Chetanalaya.
HIGHLIGHTS AS ON 31ST MARCH 2013
- 158 children in Pre School
- 64 children in non formal education centres
- 88 women attending Cutting & tailoring courses
- 40 women trained in Beauty Culture
- 22 Youth attending Typing & Computer courses
- 110 SHGs with 1361 members
- 110 houses constructed to the poor
- 1760 direct beneficiaries of health camps
- Over 1100 children were vaccinated against polio
- 209 persons with disability covered under CBR programme