Mukundpur colony is situated on the border of Delhi and Haryana opposite to the resettlement colony of Jahangirpuri. Mukundpur colony dates back to 1984 when migrants from different states started settling in. The migrants started settling based on regional affinity. It comprises of migrants from the states of U.P., Haryana, Bihar, Punjab, Rajasthan, M.P. etc. The village, once an agricultural land, has now been converted into a colony.
The total population of the area is about 160,000. The total number of families is 26,000. The majority (82%) of the residents of Mukundpur colony are Hindus, 16% are Muslims and a meagre of 2% is Sikhs and others. The migrants speak Hindi though it is of colloquial in nature. The number of joint families is negligibly few. The average size of a family is six.
Generally the men have studied up to class 5 and the literacy percentage is 45%. The literacy rate among women is on 25%. As in most villages, girls are not encouraged to go to school. Fear of safety, coupled with other difficulties like distance of the school result in girl child remaining illiterate. Although compared to girls, greater numbers of boys are enrolled in the school; very few of them go beyond primary schooling. The dropout rate is about 60%.
People have migrated here in search of jobs and are engaged in different kinds of jobs. About 40% of the men work at the Azadpur vegetable and fruit market as labourers and street vendors. About 25% of people work as daily labourers in the nearby private industries. Some are engaged as construction workers, rickshaw pullers, drivers etc. 15% are agricultural labourers. The rest do various types of odd jobs including rag-picking. 80% women sit at home doing household jobs. 20 percent women go out for job as housemaids.
In the entire Mukundpur colony there is only one primary school. The nearest high school is in Jahangirpuri which is at a distance of 5 km. There is no transport facility. Lack of interest of parents, low motivation, lack of infrastructure in the colony, fear of safety, distance, economic pressures etc. make the schooling of the children difficult especially for girls. There is no Government health programme in the colony. Nearest Govt. hospital is in Jahangirpuri.
For the past nine years Chetanalaya has been working with the people of Mukundpur. Over these years Chetanalaya has initiated several development interventions. The child rights movement helped over one thousand children’s to be admitted in the school. The advocacy for a new school building forced the government to demolish the old and dilapidated building and build a three storied school with better facilities. Over hundred children were taken back from child labour. Every year some hundred and twenty children pass out of vocational (skill) training centres of Chetanalaya. There is a community based programme for the disabled children and a special education school for the mentally challenged school, initiated by Chetanalaya. There are two hundred and twenty SHGs involving about three thousand five hundred women. The SHGs in Mukundpur have an annual turnover of two crores (twenty million) rupees and every year some fifty families take up income generation activities leading them to sustainable development. Joining Chetanalaya’s environment campaign the SHG women have started a manufacturing unit of jute and cloth bags as alternative to plastic bags.
HIGHLIGHTS AS ON 31ST MARCH 2013
- Facilitated 3141 school admissions in the current year
- Three Children’s parliament with more than 110 children
- 203 children in Pre-School
- 143 children availing Remedial Education
- 187 children in non formal education centres
- 97 youth attending cutting & tailoring courses
- 51 women trained in Beauty Culture
- 104 youth attending typing & Computer courses
- Dance Class for 42 adolescents
- 1629 direct beneficiaries of health interventions
- 2370 children were given pulse polio vaccine
- 19 persons with disability were provided with aids and appliances
- 14 mentally challenged children in special education centres
- 314 SHGs with 4770 women members