Rickshaws to help ragpickers earn
Focus: Social Exclusion, Livelihoods
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Help a ragpicker move to a safer livelihood option!
Only extreme poverty drive the homeless – often rural migrants to the city – to eke a living out of other people’s rubbish. It is a degrading and hazardous job, especially as Kolkatans do not segregate waste at source, with ragpickers often exposed to dangerous and toxic substances. Without education and skills, plying rickshaws – which are still an accepted mode of transport in various parts of Kolkata – appeal as a viable livelihood option.WHY IN KOLKATA?
The ‘City of Joy’ is home to the poorest of India’s poor, with the per capita income being just Rs 27 a day. And now, with the government’s cleanliness drive, ragpickers too have been driven out of work and need alternative sources of income.
The ragpicker, despite doing work that benefits the municipality and society at large is condemned to live a very insecure existence.
In India, the people who handle our waste are invisible: we do not know them and do not acknowledge their role in our society. These people should be looked at as carbon assets. They are negating our carbon footprint.
It is poverty that makes us do this work. If I had an alternative, I wouldn't be doing it. Who would like to collect garbage? I don't want my children to come into the business. I want them to do something better.
Each cycle rickshaw costs Rs 15,000. Once the Fundraiser is completed TSHED will disburse the funds to ragpickers on their books to help them purchase their own vehicles.
DAUGHTERS of manual scavengers rarely get beyond primary school thanks to discrimination and extreme poverty. Help Jan Sahas provide stationery and books for 1,000 such girls to ensure they remain in school.