Lok Seva Sangam (LSS) is a voluntary agency, registered in February 1976 under the Societies Registration Act and is essentially aimed at leprosy control and at the welfare of leprosy patients in the urban area of Bombay. Leprosy control and welfare activities had been started in 1969 at Janata Colony, Mankhurd (now Cheeta Camp) and at Chunabhatti slum where the incidence of leprosy is very high. In 1976, LSS took up the responsibility for leprosy control in “L” Ward (Kurla area) which has a population of over 300,000 people. The main aspects of the control program are: Survey, Education and Treatment (SET).
Baiganwadi slum is so far from the economic development, where India is currently competing with the developed world; here the poor are still becoming poorer. The project of Emmaus Swiss aims at empowering these people of Baiganwadi:
- To raise themselves at least to a level where they might get a chance to develop themselves.
- To have a right to access health care services.
- To get a knowledge to approach where and when in periods of severe health crisis caused by TB-HIV.
The project does not want to make them rich beggars just by giving some money to these people (which many SER schemes indirectly do), but instead to provide them with a platform where they have a responsibility and earnings for themselves, their families as well as responsibility towards the community by a well functioning self-help group approach.
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Every year on December 23rd, Lok Seva Sangam hosts a Christmas Party for the children of the Balwadis of Chunabhatti, Cheeta Camp and Bainganwadi. The children of these balwadis are from families living below the poverty line where their parents cannot afford one square meal a day. LSS provides them with education, clothes and a daily meal with the aim of bringing them out of their miserable existence and hope that they will live a fulfilling and decent life in future.
As Christmas is a time for sharing, LSS brings this Christmas joy to around 300 children every year where each balwadi entertains the other by way of stage shows (like the Christmas play) dance and song acts and health skits all performed by the children and some guests. Presents and new clothes are given to each child and some snacks distributed to all present. The party is incomplete without the HO ! HO! HO ! of Santa Claus. So we are always on the lookout for Santa.
Any one willing to take his place this year?
So, see you all at 3pm at our place at the following address:
Lok Seva Sangam
D/1, Everard Nagar
Eastern Express Highway
Sion, Mumbai – 400 022
Bainganwadi Slums is an old slum which has gone through the test of times.
One cannot exactly say how, when and which year the slum came into existence, but surely it started with very few hundreds of persons who were working as laborers for construction job on the highway which was not very far from the slums. Further the slum started fuelling with individuals who were fantasized by Mumbai and came here to work from different parts of India. They were attracted by Mumbai, called as the city where no one sleeps, a city of miracles where beggars and illiterates have turned their fortunes into becoming multi millionaires.
However their fortunes made them lose whatever they had in their villages and small towns; they even could not get a place to sleep on the streets of Mumbai… Soon they shifted their residence to the slums of Baiganwadi where they started making illegal hutments. Most of them started earning petty incomes from rag picking from the garbage mountain, as Mumbai could not give them any employment.
This led to the development of Bainganwadi, which is now a partly legalized slum but badly struck with a cycle of diseases, specially TB, HIV-AIDS causing poverty and poverty causing diseases. Baiganwadi recently is the only place where two fresh cases of polio were detected.
Of the over 200,000 estimated population:
· Only 2% follow safe sanitation and hygienic practices.
· Only 5% drink safe water.
· Over 80% are living below poverty line.