In 2009, the Khan Market Labour Camp was demolished due in part to the upcoming 2010 Commonwealth Games. The residents of the Camp were relocated to Savda-Ghevra J.J. Resettlement Colony. Savda-Ghevra is approximately 40 km from Khan Market. Moreover, the colony is not well connected.
Savda-Ghevra is approximately 40 km from Khan Market. Moreover, the resettlement colony is not well connected. The nearest metro station is Mundka, and from there it is another fifteen minute ride in a Gramin Seva. Additionally, the bus service is erratic and the train has limited timings. Ghevra faces all of the problems of an urban slum community such as a lack of potable water supply, no system of sewage or drainage and dysfunctional public dispensaries. Moreover, the nearest hospital is 15 km away (Sanjay Gandhi Hospital). Perhaps the largest issue is that of accessibility. When the relocation occurred, many of our participants were unable to continue at their schools and the working members of their families lost prior employment.
Kutumb already had a base in the community, as most of our prior participants were now living in Ghevra. In 2011 we had the opportunity to reconnect when we held a sensitization walk in conjunction with the NGO Pravah. After additional need assessments, we determined that Maternal and Child Health was a major community concern warranting our attention. In July 2011 we partnered with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to implement a community initiative on the same. We have established a field office in E Block of Ghevra; this office now serves as our Extension Learning Centre as well as a learning and community centre for our young participants.
Our participants have been going to the Habitat Learning Centre in various batches since 2004. They focus on computer education, English language skills and vocational training. Our children have participated in HLC’s workshops and festivals for many years. Under their advanced course offerings, our participants have studied videography, photography, hardware and accounting. Recently, HLC has collaborated with various NGOs to begin Extension Learning Centres to teach basic computer courses. Due to Kutumb’s long term collaboration with HLC, we were chosen to open an Extension Learning Centre. Due to the accessibility issues of Ghevra, this location was chosen for the Centre. The aim of this Centre is to bridge the IT education gap. In May of 2012 we formally began our partnership and began the process of enrolling students and seeking staff. Our classes officially began on 25 June 2012 with three batches and thirty participants. HLC has provided the computers, tech support and the curriculum while the Kutumb Foundation is responsible for staffing requirements, spatial requirements, etc.
Currently our Centre teaches HLC’s Basic Computer Course; this is divided into 6 modules (Computer Fundamentals, M.S. Word, M.S. PowerPoint, M.S. Excel, Windows, and the Internet). Our centre has 5 computers on the 1st floor. The ground floor is used for the theoretical sessions and other Kutumb workshops. We currently have three batches of students. The morning batch runs from 11-1, the afternoon batch runs from 2:30-4:30 and the evening batch runs from 5-7. Each session is divided equally between theory and practice. We have currently completed two batches with over 60 graduates.