Flood Center - Jharkhali
Vocational training for under-previledge youths
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Pilkhana area is a densely populated urban slum in Howrah, West Bengal. This was the area where Dominique Lapierre wrote
his ‘City of Joy’.
Pilkhana had nearly 1.5 million living in slums, according to the 2001 census. But NGOs peg the present population between 2.5-3.5 lakh, taking into account the migrant labourer population.
If anything has indeed changed, it's the skyline. Where shanties stood only a few years back, there are straggling highrises. Rows and rows of them coming up in every direction in defiance of all civic norms.
  Land tenure in bastis is governed by the Thika Tenancy Act.
  Literacy Rate in the slum is as low as 22%
  Majority of the dwellers work on daily wages in nearby factories and godowns.
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Seva Sangh Samiti carries out projects in several communities in the slum areas of Howrah. There main activities of work being at Pilkhana, Howrah's largest slum. All such areas houses people living beyond poverty line who live in dearth and misery. 99 percent of the population in these municipalities lives under national poverty standards, which means they are not able to meet their primary necessities of life. 86 percent lives in extreme poverty. The houses in these slums are in extremely bad condition without any proper ventilation. Sanitary facilities and a sewer system are almost nowhere to be found. During the rainy season these areas are prone to water logging for several days resulting in outbreak of infectious diseases like cholera, Typhoid, Diptheria, Pox, Diarrhea etc. Children are barred from primary education and proper health facilities.
Our Projects are presently being undertaken in the following regions of Howrah.
Fakir Bagan Lane, Pilkhana, Howrah
Banipur, Sankrail
Watkins Lane, Howrah
Jharkhali,Sunderban,West Bengal
Salkia, Howrah

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