Kathputli Colony, a slum in West Delhi that is home to several generations of traditional folk artists. The families, which consist of acrobats, puppeteers, folk musicians, dancers, snake charmers, sculptors, magicians, painters and bioscope makers, among others, settled here from different parts of the country almost four decades ago. In 2014, the tensions between the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the residents of the colony were at an all-time high. The DDA, which has partnered with the real estate company Raheja Developers, was trying to get the residents to move to transit camps at Anand Parbat, as part of its ‘in-situ slum rehabilitation scheme’. The promise made to the residents was that once the colony was vacated, the construction of multi-storied buildings would begin, with modern flats set aside for them. Kathputli is also home to many daily wage construction site workers, rickshaw pullers, domestic help, rag pickers from leprosy community who earn on a day to day basis.
PROBLEM DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
(This article written by Revati Laul in The Quint sums up the problem well!)
The colony is home to 2800 families living in transit camps out of which 700 families have been identified who struggle to meet their everyday food needs as well. This is the peak time for artists to earn their living in the season of weddings and cultural performances. All the gatherings have
been canceled due to Covid-19 where artists are left unpaid challenging their financial stability to survive in times to meet just the basic needs of food, water, and health. At the same time, the daily wage workers have been hit hard to manage even 2 square meals while they are not earnings anything as well as their without any means to support their family.
1 Month Ration Needs
For 1 Family For 700 Families
Aata - 30 Kgs. Aata - 21000 Kgs.
Mustard Oil - 3 Kgs. Mustard Oil - 2100 Kgs.
Dal - 5 Kgs. Daal - 3500 Kgs.
Sugar - 3 Kgs. Sugar - 2100 Kgs.
Tea - 1 Kgs. Tea - 700 Kgs.
Salt - 2 Kgs. Salt - 1400 Kgs.
Masala - 250 gms. Masala - 175 kgs.
Dettol Soap - 5 pcs. Dettol Soap - 3500 pcs.
Biscuit - 1 kgs. Biscuit - 700 kgs.
Mask - 5 pcs. Mask - 3500 pcs.
We need support in both Kind and Cash to keep the operations going.
We have a team of volunteers in place who will support in coordination after you reach out to us. If every privileged family supports one family in the colony. That will be enough.