The number of homeless persons, including individuals and families, is rapidly increasing in urban areas across the world. In India, mega cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, and Hyderabad are having migrants and other workers coming in large numbers on a daily basis. Living in unhygienic conditions, these persons are vulnerable to threats from anti-social elements, bites from snakes, dogs and poisonous insects and lack protection from harsh weatherconditions. These people, who sleep on pavementsunder flyovers and similar places, lack basic amenities including food, shelter, health care and livelihood support. There is a need to provide them with shelter and basic amenities and facilitate the process of their rehabilitation or mainstreaming through empowering interventions.
Sparsha NammaMane that began in 2012isresidential centers being managed by Sparsha Trust at different locations in Bangalore Urban, with a total capacity to house around 120 persons. These centersprovide all basic amenities, including 3 times meals a day, to the homelessresidents enrolled in them.
- Bangalore Urban
Shelter available for the homeless people with 3 times meal and with all basic facilities.
- Identification of urban homeless residentsand their enrollment into Sparsha Namma Manes
- Providethem with food, health care, counselling
- Facilitate their access to skills developmentand social entitlements
- Referrals to placement and livelihood support
- Referrals for specialized health treatment and hospitalization if required
- Family and professional reintegration
More than 800 homeless persons are sheltered at Namma Mane
Urban homeless persons, including the aged, persons with disabilities and illnesses,are leading a life of dignity. Many have returned to their families, taken up rented accommodation or got work opportunities for residential facilities.
- Networking with BBMP, NULM, Departments, NGO's, corporates & organizations to find sustainable solutions to support urban homeless personsto access basic needs and lead a life of dignity.
- Creating vocational skills training centers, referrals to livelihoodopportunities, improving work and income security and increased mainstreaming and rehabilitation.