The story of Bina’s early life is common to many young girls from rural India. She lived in a small village in Haryana with her mother, brother and two sisters. Her father died of a sudden heart attack ten years ago. She was just 14 years old when the family was faced with a mountain of debt and no source of income. The family went through a financial crisis and Bina – as the eldest – felt unable to help in any way. Yet she couldn’t bear to see her family suffer. At times, they could hardly have a square meal a day and often went to bed hungry. Read More

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Sanjay’s family has lived in Shahdara area Jhilmil colony for almost 40 years. It is an area of ​​Delhi which has a population of nearly 60,000. Shahdara and many areas around it like Seelam Pur, Dilshad Garden, and New Seemapuri, are all congested areas with large slums. Most people are petty shopkeepers, sell vegetables on pushcarts or are ragpickers. Sandeep’s family are ragpickers – going through trash to get bottles, plastic, paper – anything that they can sell for recycling. The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has created an atmosphere of fear and despair among people in these areas. Read More