Since the money have been disbursed it has come to good use of the families in the slum. Even if we didn't raise the full amount needed, others have contributed to the organizations working on the ground and some elements of the lives of these families have been restored.
Naturally this is only maintaining the status quo and in no way a permanent solution to their problems. It was a horrific incident but now as winter is approaching again in northern India it will certainly not be the last time it has happened.
In the end, our goal at Waste Ventures is to ensure that we can take people living and working as waste pickers out of the slums and poverty and into better, healthier ways of working and living. That is our aim and what we work permanently for. If you want to learn more about our long term work do visit our website - www.wasteventures.com . We are currently starting up multiple projects across India where we are integrating waste pickers in a formal collection system providing them with higher incomes and better conditions to work under.
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Thank you all for your support to the rebuilding of the waste picker slum in Ghazipur.
This will be a short update to the outcome of the project. We were in total able to raise enough money to help around 20 families rebuild their homes and get the necessary items to restart their lives. The organization we worked with further managed to raise additional funding for the project. Still, the need was great and the funding was spread thin on the ground.
The waste pickers have got roof over their heads for the spring and the summer which we have now, but they are of course continuing to be in a very precarious position. Waste Ventures is working across India with various projects to try and create a permanent change.
We hope we can soon get some pictures of the rebuilt slum, and while it doesn't look like much, a tarp home is a whole lot better than being exposed to 45 degrees in summer, torrential rains during monsoon or temperatures almost down to freezing during winter.
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