Chotton ki asha (“Hope for the little ones”)

I arrived in India late Tuesday night to lead the final evaluation of HOPE foundation’s child survival program in northeast Delhi funded by USAID. The name of the program is Chotton ki asha, which means “Hope for the little ones” in Hindi. HOPE foundation is an independent affiliate of HOPE worldwide, a U.S.-based Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) providing non-sectarian assistance to more than one million needy people each year in 80 nations worldwide. As I was preparing for this evaluation, I was struck by the health needs in the urban slums of Delhi. From a population of 700,000 in 1947, today Delhi’s population is almost 14 million, with 93% living in urban areas. It is estimated that 67% of the population in Delhi lives in slums, or jhuggi-jhompdis, and other underprivileged areas. The slum settlements are congested, crowded and unhygienic. They lack in basic infrastructure and civic amenities like proper roads, drinking water facilities, toilets/latrines, solid waste management systems, drainage, and regular electricity. Drains over flow into people’s homes due to a drainage system choked with garbage. Garbage dumped near houses, and dirty, narrow lanes are a common sight in the area. I am impressed by HOPE foundation‘s commitment to the two slum areas in northeast Delhi and I am looking forward to learning more about the positive impacts they have made over the last four years.

Will Story

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