The children are largely from the waste picker community located on and around the 17 hectare garbage dumping site of CDO. In this depressed area, approximately 1,900 socially deprived people are living in about 350 families. They survive from waste picking with incomes far below the poverty line.
They are working under extremely unhealthy and dangerous conditions and without any social securities. The children who work on the landfill often have no access to education or drop out from school due to truancy or early marriage.
The project will be utilising the tried and tested method of raising the children in small family like units rather than an orphanage.