Community Mapping (Project Sanmaan): Ghansoli, Chembur & Sathe Nagar
Project Sanmaan aims to enable children found begging on the streets to enjoy their right to wellbeing and dignity and break the intergenerational cycle of backwardness and begging in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Sanmaan’s interventions are currently in 3 communities – Ghansoli, Chembur and Sathe Nagar where children found begging reside. This exercise of mapping the 3 communities aims to understand the communities in-depth – starting from their demographics to their accessibility to resources. The team aims to understand the requirements of the community better so that these children and their families can be linked to various services like education, vocational training etc. Considering this mapping exercise was done in 2020, some nuanced insights about how COVID-19 impacted vulnerable communities have emerged. These insights helped the team plan their interventions better in 2021 with the second wave of the pandemic.