A Brief Annual Report

April 2010 – March 2011

During the reporting period BUILD continued to consolidate and expand their work with the people at the grassroot level constantly making them aware of their rights and duties, about emerging political, social, economic issues that could be affecting their lives directly or indirectly and about the ways in which they could deal with these issues coming together.


BUILD continued to streamline the functioning of their constituent Groups that had already been formed. As planned, campaigns, rallies, advocacy programmes were organized taking the Groups along to fight against the issues and unjust rulings; The groups were motivated to take united action to resolve basic civic issues with the local Government Authorities(BMC ward level officers). 


To give a small example- through their endeavors drains were widened and de desilted and big Nallahs were cleaned. This prevented dirty water from entering their houses and avoided health hazards arising from them during the rainy season.


The process of empowering women through SHGs and IGGs continued through the year. A number of capacity building programmes helped the women to sustain their groups and start small business ventures at individual as well as at group level. This year saw tremendous confidence built up in the group members. It was evident from the level of their participation in all activities.


Intensive efforts through the year to strengthen the ward level committees and neighbourhood groups helped the people not to get caught into political lethargy, intervene politically and sustain various pressures. Their leadership was quite visible through various programmes that they organized in their areas 


Through the year BUILD made its presence felt on the issue of privatization of water, in enhancing the government’s health services at local level and, in urban poverty alleviation programmes


Repeated discussions were held on the issue of housing under Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Rajiv Awaas Yojana (RAY) in order to make the civil society intervention possible


Activities Implemented during the Year

Our Project – Increasing Peoples Participation in Local Governance is an attempt, to mobilize the poor migrant unorganized workers living in slums, and facilitate various groups and committees to look into their community and area level problems, economic and social needs. To give a more organized strength, a collective at the electoral ward level was formed called Vibhagya Jan Samiti (VJS) (People’s Area Ward Committee). These are formed mainly from the representatives of constituent bodies like savings & credit forums, micro enterprises, Neighbourhood Groups/Committees initiated by BUILD and from other CBOs, NGOs etc. to make checks and balances of the existing electoral and official machinery This idea initiated by BUILD was to strengthen the local democratic governance structure at the electoral ward level. This forum looks into the schemes and provisions in the Municipal Budgets, the need assessment of the area, the possibilities of community resources and external resources etc. Periodically they arrange interface of elected representatives, Municipal officials with people to appraise the situations in the community for early redressal. They also will put up area development plans to the Municipal authorities, elected Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the improvement of the area and for the common good of the people. These forums are found to make the system more accountable are transparent.



Community Organisation/ Mobilisation

In this year we could streamline the existing groups and initiate 25 new groups. We were able to make the necessary linkages of these groups with the banks and Urban Poverty Alleviation schemes of the Government. Trainings were given to the members in conducting meetings, keeping accounts, banking systems, writing applications for SJSRY schemes. A couple of our groups received grants from the SJSRY schemes. Our efforts helped the Groups tremendously in reducing their dependency on the local money lenders and  not getting trapped into perennial debts with huge interest amounts and we have found that they take loans for genuine needs like medical expenses and children’s education.


Livelihood Programme : Income Generation Groups (IGGs)

This year we could help the groups to plan businesses, get loans, repay loans and run business ventures successfully. Smaller groups of 2-3 women yielded better results and have more sustainability. Four groups could get a grant of Rs.4.25 lakhs under the SJSRY scheme. Several groups engaged in making items such as eatables, cloth bags, pouches, imitation jewellery etc. participated in events and weekend markets. 


Jansatta Abhiyan (Peoples Empowerment Campaign):Under the Janasata Abhiyan we have formed 36 new groups totalling to 314 neighbourhood groups having more than 4700 families. We were also able to form two new Neighbourhood Committees, a total of 20 Neighbourhood Committees. Regular monthly meetings,   maintenance of records, organising programmes on special occasions like festivals, national and regional days of importance, organising food festivals, sports, annual exposure programmes to other areas outside Mumbai are becoming a regular feature. This year, our groups visited other NGOs outside Mumbai in the city of Nasik, Solapur to interact and learn from their experiences.


Peoples Area Ward Committee (PAWC):  All efforts were put in to strengthen the existing 16 Peoples Area Ward Committees.  We have trained and motivated them to get the forums legally registered as a grass root level organisations. Thus, three of the Peoples Area Ward Committees registered with the Charity Commissioner as a Society totalling to seven.  Few of these groups have started even mobilising local resources and are involved in the local development work. Last year we reported that the Municipal Corporation has asked one of the Committee to take up the overseeing of the construction of 62 blocks of community toilets and during the last year half of which has been completed. This can be seen as a real success in Community organising whereby people can be empowered to take up their local level problems and issues and find solutions. During the reporting period 69 area development proposals like cleaning of well (report attached), laying of drinking water pipe lines, spraying of insecticide, garbage removal, were put up and of which 65 were successfully completed


Peoples Ward Committees (PWCs) : Peoples Ward Committee meets as and when the need arises to discuss the major issues at the ward level. Now it functions mostly as a co-ordination and dissemination of information of the Peoples Area Ward Committees activities


ConventionsWomen of the area have met under the banner of Janasatta Abhiyan (People’s Empowerment Campaign) which is the convention of leaders of SHGs, Neighbourhood Groups, Neighbourhood Committees, People’s Area Ward Committees, People’s Ward Committees, NGO’s, CBO’s, Elected people’s representatives, concerned citizens etc. This year we organised two Conventions, one in P North Ward and the other in H East Ward, where more than 500 women participated. The most striking feature of this years meeting was that unlike the previous year when the women folk used to wait for their elected representatives to come for the programme, this year the Corporators were present even before the women could assemble. There was a display of photographs of the development work done in each electoral ward which was seen by the representatives of all the wards and invariably compared with each others ward. In the electoral ward where no much was done, the elected representatives promised to get the work done soon. 


Children’s Programme:Children programme continued with its great zeal. We could cater to about 300 children. Besides the regular tuition classes, we had sessions on music, dance, drama, essay and drawing competitions, sports, etc. They also participated in many of the community programmes, HIV/AIDS and health awareness campaigns. The highlight of this year’s programme of the children is that 40 children participated in the summer computer classes for two months and they were also given certificates. This was conducted in collaboration with Mittal College, Malad where they provided their computer lab and instructors.  The children also participated in drama competitions and won prizes.

CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY – We carried out the following programmes


 BUILD organized the Peace Mumbai Meeting to discuss campaign for the release of the Fisher Folk lying imprisoned both in India and Pakistan and about organizing convention in this regard in Delhi.     


We endorsed the petition as protest against honour killing being justified by the retrograde KHAP Panchayat on 23rd April, 2010.   Such barbaric acts cannot be condoned in a modern democratic system.


We participated in the discussion on Rajiv Awaas Yojana (RYS) held at Habitat School, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai on 27th April, 2010.


A letter of protest was issued on 5th May, 2010 to the press against subtle apartheid goings- on when a Muslim Youth was not allowed to get flat in Chembur and north Indian were thrashed at Dombivali.   The press covered it and peoples’ opinion was taken on this score about how it dents upon our democratic system. 


The Citizens Initiatives for Peace meeting was held at Bombay Catholic Sabha Mahim Office St. Michael Church on 11th May, 2010 to discuss future course of action like Me Mumbaikar and Police Reform Campaign to help in strategizing future course of action in a methodical manner.


We participated in demonstration on the development at POSCO on 25th May, 2010 at Churchgate organized by the Anti-POSCO Struggle Solidarity Front,  to show solidarity with such democratic movement. 


A 50 Metre Vigil Demonstration banner on Police Reform was organized by the Citizen Initiative for Peace (CIP) Near Mahim Station West on 26th May, 2010 where leaflets were distributed as part of the on-going campaign on Police Reform to give fillip to functioning and better democracy


A letter of protest was released on 31st May, & 1st July 2010 in support for the cause of justice and peace by the Peace-Mumbai against the attack on Gaza-bound Peace Flotilla by the Israel Regime where nine people were killed. 


 We participated in the Public Meeting on ‘War on People’ organized by CPDR on 2nd June, 2010 at Marathi Patrakar Sangh.  

We have sent the reports to various media publication and carried by ‘People’s Reporter’. 


People Media Initiatives (PMI) issued letter of protest against the vandalism unleashed against the TV Channel Marathi Zee 24 Taas by Shiv Sena at Kolhapur on 16th June, 2010 to endorse regional chauvinism and RSS attack on Headline Today in Mumbai for its portrayal of Sanghi Terrorism.  Attack on Media is a sign of intolerance which has implications which must be condemned.


Citizens Initiate for Peace organized a Public Meeting on 25th June, 2010 at Press Club on the occasion of 35 years of Emergency where well-known Journalist Kuldip Nayyer, Mr. Ashok Dhawle. Secretary CPI (M) Maharashtra and Prof. Pushpa Bhave spoke on the occasion to get a better understanding of the issue and how emergency was declared to usurp our democratic space and its wider implications on the affairs of the country. 


A vigil demonstration was organized by CIP with the following inscription on a 50 feet Banner: ‘Implement Police Reform for better Democracy’, at Kurla West on 26th June, 2010 where a good number participated. Leaflets were distributed among passersby and others. It is a part of our campaign for viable and accountable system which is the core of our democratic polity.  


A public Meeting was organized on 28th June, 2010 by Movement for Peace and Justice (MPJ) on Food Security and Poverty Alleviation and Tendulkar Committee Report at Press Club in which Asad from BUILD was one of the speakers.   

Such effort is needed to stress for people’s oriented policy on Food Security. 



 Peace-Mumbai issued a statement to stop violence and condemn killings of innocent people in Kashmir on 15th July, 2010 in the background of mass upheaval and state repression and demanded political resolution of the problem. The press and various networks covered the statement.


 Citizen Initiative for Peace (CIP) issued a statement on 16th July 2010 against the Maharashtra Government move to enact law curtailing the freedom of expression which goes against the rational enquiry and fundamental democratic values  

The liberal space and voice of dissent is the necessary panacea for healthy Democracy


A discussion was held on 17th July, 2010 at Islam Gymkhana where Adv. Yussuf Muchaala who participated in the National Advisory Council Meeting on Communal Violence Bill in Delhi recently shared on what transpired. It helped in understanding the issues and suggests necessary inputs to be appended in the draft. 


We organized four Consultations at Islam Gymkhana, Mumbai to suggest necessary changes on Communal Violence Prevention (CVP) Bill on National Authority, Accountability, Prevention & Definition of Communal Violence, Reparation and Rehabilitation on 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th Aug. 2010. There was a threadbare discussion and in the end we drafted with necessary change and submitted it to the Union Ministry.   The bill must reflect the inherent reality whereby situations could be dealt with in right spirit and with efficacy so that nobody should feel victimized.


Fact – Finding: A team consisting of people from various fields including of Surendra Gudaskar a Nuclear Scientist from Surat was sent to Tarapur by Peace Mumbai with the cooperation of local organization in the backdrop of possible radiation leakage and its ramifications. They met people, visited the areas and noted the feel of the people’s perception about it.  A public meeting at the local school was organized at Tarapur where people overwhelmingly participated and expressed their views.   On 14th Aug. 2010 a meeting was organized to strategize the future course of action at, Mumbai.   Such hazardous reactor amidst the population and fragile ecosystem is not worthwhile in any respect.  


 A meeting held on 23rd Aug, 2010 under the banner of Pani Haqq Samiti where discussion ensued on UNO declared water as fundamental right and participants shared their effort on that issue.   Future course of action was also discussed.

Water issue is most important where supply of water to some sections of society is not allowed by putting restriction under cut-off date which dents on our democratic values and universal rights. 


A statement was issued by Citizens Initiative for Peace to maintain peace and harmony amongst the people in the backdrop of High Court Judgment on demolition of Babri Masjid on 24th Sept. 2010. People of communal bent of mind should not be allowed to take law into their own hands.


We actively participated in the talk organized on 17th Sept, 2010 at Victoria Memorial School, on ‘Naxal Insurgency and Tribal Rights’ delivered by the Sudeep Chakravarti and Hemanshu Kumar. It is important in the sense that it helps in understanding the root-cause of the problem. 


A meeting was held at on 27th Sept. 2010 under the aegis of Kashmir Solidarity Group to discus about the future course of action. It was decided to have a candle light vigil on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd Oct. 2010 at Azad Maidan to demand peaceful resolution of the problem.  


 A film show ‘Beating the Bomb’ was organized on 1st October 2010 at Press Club and on 22nd December 2010 at Vivek College of Commerce, Goregaon. It was made by the two London based activists, Ms. Meera Patel and Ms. Wolfgang Matt which dealt with Nuclear Policy of the UK government and also the whole issue of hyper consumerism and climate change. At Goregaon screening, Ms. Meera Patel and Asad from BUILD led the discussions.  The people enthusiastically participated in the discussions.   


A discussion on UID was held on 20th Oct, 2010 to start campaign on the implications on vulnerable and minority members as in the entire first world countries such measures were vehemently opposed.  It was decided to oppose such endeavours by Central government which might be misused as racial profiling and always leads towards discrimination against minority communities.


Asad of BUILD delivered a talk on ‘Rights of Dalits, Unorganized Labourers, Refugees and Indigenous People’ held at St Pius College on 24th Oct, 2010 for the course of human rights started from IGNOU coordinated by Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work. It helps in building up perspectives based on human rights so that students could help in protecting these rights as there were also students from electronic media.     


We participated in the book release function on 3rd Nov, 2010 ‘why Mumbai  burned and Bhiwandi did not’ both Hindi and Marathi edition was released at Marathi Patrakar Sangh written by Mr. Suresh Khopade, a well-known IPS officer who brought peace in Bhiwandi through community policing with the formation of Mohalla Committee in the hyper sensitive Bhiwandi.  Speakers acclaimed his endeavour which provided a module in order to create peace in the hyper sensitivity of the area and in the communally vitiating situations.


We participated in the demonstration on Human Rights violation was held on 21st November 2010 at CST in solidarity of the Manipur activists Ms. Iron Sharmila’s struggle against draconian laws and other human rights abuses in that state. People responded in a fair number which showed those draconian laws are anti- thesis of democracy.  


Citizen Initiative for Peace (CIP) organized a public meeting on ‘Police Reform: For a Citizen Friendly Police’ on the eve of Terrorist attack in Mumbai on 25th Nov. 2010 at St Xavier College, Mumbai.  Well-known IPS officer and Magsaysay Awardees Ms. Kiran Bedi and Director of Commonwealth Human Right Initiative (CHRI) Dr. Maja Dharuwala and Adv. Mihir Desai spoke on the occasion. Report was circulated far and wide with aim to enlighten the people at large.    

College students, lawyers, activists and people from all walks showed their solidarity to make police institution a viable and efficacious body, worthy of democratic polity to serve people.  Articles on Police Reform published by us were covered by various newspapers.


Public Meeting on Ayodhya  Judgment : We participated in a public meeting on ‘Ayodhya Judgment’ organized by Anhad at Nirmala Niketan Extension, St. Pius College on 29th Dec. 2010 where people overwhelmingly attended. Here keynote address was delivered by Prof. K.N Pannikar and others.    

There were strong reservations on the judgment which was based on faith rather than on documentary proof diluting the secular nature of our polity.    


Workshop on poverty Alleviations. We participated in a two days workshop on ‘Poverty Alleviations’   on 8th & 9th Jan, 2011. People discussed threadbare about the policy and its implementations.    It was discussed about the lack of adequate food availability under PDS and corruption in their distributions.


A talk delivered by Asad of BUILD for the BSW students on 18th Jan, 2011 at Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work on’ Right to Refugees, Political Asylum Seekers and Victims of Genocides.     

The students took part which helps in removing cobwebs of confusion and misunderstanding and helps developing perspective based on Human Rights. 


We conducted a Film show on ‘The Invisible Kashmir made by Dilnaz Boga based on Kashmir and impact on Children in the valley of continuous violence over there.  The film was shown at St. Andrew College, Bandra on 28th Jan, 2011 organized by the Kashmir Solidarity Group where well-known activist Ms. Qurrat led the discussion.    

It was well attended by the students and teachers and healthy discussion ensued after the show. It helps in removing stereotypes against any group of people 


Peace Mumbai organized a discussion on ‘Blasphemy Law and Democracy’ in Pakistan at Press Club on 4th Feb, 2011 in which Adv. Flavia Agnes, well-known Human Right Activists Ms. Wahida Nainar and others spoke on the occasion and discussion ensued after thereafter.   

People participated enthusiastically and media gave adequate coverage.


We participated in the workshop called by the Census Office to orient voluntary groups how to cover the Homeless of Mumbai and Thane which has been earmarked for 28th Feb .2011 for the whole country.  

Representatives from NGOs, turned up from Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. It was decided to have strategic survey on 7th, 8th and 9th Feb. 2011 by the groups prior to the main survey.     


A regional Census meeting was held on 14th Feb 2011 where it was discussed how to cover census meant for homeless people in Mumbai West Suburb area. Here responsibilities were distributed so that every homeless person must come in the census list. 


A meeting was held with Census Officials at Ballard Pier with regard to homeless census on 26th Feb .2011 in which various voluntary group representatives from Mumbai and, Thane and Navi Mumbai participated.     

The discussions ensued as to how the homeless could be included in the 2011 Census as it was well-held view that data would play an important role in the upliftment programme for them.


A press conference was organized at Marathi Patrakar Sangh on 28th Feb. 2011with the backdrop of visit of USA Water Trade Mission to India from 1st to 3rd March, 2011 to various cities including Mumbai with declared aim to privatize water distribution and commercialization of India. Press conference helps in the disseminating of such taking over bid and its implications.  


Three demonstrations against privatization of water were simultaneously organized on 3rd March, 2011 at Chembur to cover the Eastern part of Mumbai, Malad to cover the western part and also at Azad Maidan. People came out in large number to oppose such bid which is highly un democratic and anti people.    

At Chembur and Malad people came out in large numbers. We met BMC Asst. Commissioner (Project) of MCGM and presented a memorandum and a fruitful discussion ensued with him and his other officials.    


A discussion on Democratic Upsurge in the Arab was organized at Press Club on 12th March, 2011 in which Suhit Kelkar, a Journalist who had visited at Tahrir Squire, Cairo Egypt during the freedom moment at Cairo for almost one month presented his paper then discussion was ensued.         

The people participated in this important issue and raised queries in order to clear their confusion. 


Paani Haqq Samiti organized sit-in demonstration at Azad Maidan of Maharashtra against the ordinance issued for the diversion of water for non-agriculture purposes. Lokabhumi Pani Dhoran Sangharsh Samiti Manch was formed to oppose such people-inimical ordinance.


 A public meeting/demonstration was organized on 22nd, March, 2011 at Azad Maidan, on the occasion of World Water Day by Paani Haqq Samiti with the demand to make water available to all without any cut-off date. 3,000 people attended from all over Mumbai including some elected legislatures.        

People from various places who were mobilized through street meetings, expressed their anguish about the discrimination meted out to them on water supply and availability.  


Citizen Initiative for Peace (CIP) were part of the organizing committee along with Forum against Atrocities organized Public Meeting on Struggle of the Women Survivors in Gujarat’ held on 23rd March, 2011 at Marathi Patrakar Sangh. Such persons expressed their views along with Ms. Teesta Setalvad, well-known activists who was thickly involved for their causes.        

They expressed their obstacles but they withstood the pressure from various quarters including higher ones so that justice could be meted out and criminals could be deterred to take law into their own   hands. Media also covered the meeting.

Training Programmes:

Micro Entrepreneurship Development: This programme is aimed at developing entrepreneurship spirit and enhancing capacity of the members of SHG, Neighbourhood Groups and Income Generation Groups. Through this programmes we encourage women in individual or in groups to start small enterprises to earn additional income. Each training consists of a batch of 20 trainees and around 120 women could benefit of this. Experts in the field are engaged to give the training. This year we conducted training in catering (see case study), paper bag making (5 days), artificial jwellery making (5 days), and beautician course (1 month). Some of the successful candidates started their own catering services, artificial jwellery making activity. However, paper bag making groups could not find a viable market. Hence, we are still pursuing the avenues.

Civil Defence: We have conducted Civil Defence training programme in collaboration with the BMC and about 32 from P North Ward and 20 women from H East ward were trained. This training is for a period of 12 days. The successful candidates will be taken as Home Guards by the Police Department and will be given Identity Card. Their names will be kept with the Police Department and as and when they need people to maintain law and order especially during large festivals, demonstrations, rallies, a flood like situation these women will be called in and will be given responsibilities for a certain area. They will be paid daily allowance as per the norms of the Institution or persons who employ them. They are also free to seek their own employment elsewhere. Some women have taken up employment as Security Guards / Supervisors in Malls, Banks, etc. Moreover the employment part or the income, they have developed a sense of self esteem and women with power to defend themselves in adverse situation.

Quality of Life:This is a training programme on appreciative enquiry covering their personal and family life. The participants were women from our neighbourhood, income generation and self help groups. Two programmes each consisting of 40 women were conducted for two days. This programme could enhance their self esteem, family relationship, family financial budgeting, health and hygiene, goal setting, etc. The participants found this programme very enriching and useful. This programme was conducted in collaboration with the Central Board of Workers Education, Ministry of Labour, Government of India. As per the norms of the Ministry of Labour, the participants were entitled to get the loss of wage for both the days of attendance @ Rs.100/- per day.


Other Programmes:

Programme on Food Security: At the State and city level there are two networks on Public Distribution System, one is Rationing Kruti Samiti and the other is Anna Adhikar Abhiyan. BUILD and its constituent members i.e. women from SHGs, IGGs, Neighbourhood groups, Area Ward Committees are active members in both the networks. Our members are in the core group of both the networks where most of the decisions are made on campaign and other activities related to food security. During the reporting period RKS has organized a two day training progamme on Public Distribution System and its schemes at Belapur and 9 of our women leaders participated in the training. As the follow up of the training programme they made a signature campaign for those who want to avail their ration at their door step and the same has been submitted to the authorities and the scheme is yet to be functional. Ration shop surveillance as usual has been periodically conducted.

Exchange and Exposure Visit for Students:

This year we had four students from United Theological College, Bangalore and for one month training Mumbai on social interventions in the urban settings. This was part of their curriculum. These students were given an in depth to the various activities and also had a lengthy discussion with the staff and the Director, the relevance of our work in relation to their theological studies. On their return to their colleges they presented their papers to the faculty and students. 

Bombay Teachers Training College sent six of their trainee teachers from Bachelor of Education course and 15 students from St. Andrews College studying the Second Year Bachelor of Arts and Commerce were sent to our organization for sensitizing them with the social issues, especially the urabn poor. We have given them exposure to our programmes as well as a wide range of city level problem that the people face. This group of students showed much interest in interacting with our children’s group and was engaged in teaching them different games, songs and stories. Our children also benefitted much from this programmes

35 community workers of a city based NGO Navjeet Community Centre, came for a day’s exposure to BUILD’s community work. Their main interest was to learn structure and strategies that we have developed in community mobilization and development. They were exposed to different groups and their mode of operation and the linkages with government, BMC and banks. Their comments and observations found that they were well impressed with our method of working and they are also planned to adopt some of our strategies and methods.

A MSW student from Centre for Studies in Rural Development, Ahmednagar was with our organization for one month to study the community organisation and mobilization in the urban slums. This was part of his course requirement.

 A one day orientation programme was held for the 20 students from Nirmala Niketan Collegeof Social Work, Mumbai on the social work in urban settings.

Awards and Recognitions: This year was a landmark moment in the history of our organization. BUILD achieved Edelgive Social Innovation Honors 2011 in the Governance category at the All India level for our project Involve Evolve Increasing Peoples Participation in Local Governance and Community Initiatives. The award was constituted by Edelgive Foundation a Corporate Social Responsibility wing of Edelweiss, a Corporate Financial Institution.

Women’s Day Programme: This year instead of having a large women’s day convention at one centra1l point, our women’s group have decided to hold the events in their respective areas. Hence women’s day was celebrated in different dates from March 8th onwards in different areas with a much gallant progammes. In P North the east and west of Malad, and in Bandra East they held programmes in the evenings. Prominent citizens of the area were present. There were talks on women’s empowerment and role in the Society and also various cultural programmes and distribution of sweets. ‘In each function, there were banners of the different women’s groups, display of their achievement and their future plan


All Religious Prayer and Get Together

This was the 18th year of the All Religious Prayer and Get Together and the theme was “Relevance of Religion of the Youth Today”. The prorgamme was held on 30th January 2011 at Duruelo Convent High School, Bandra in association with Daughters of St Paul (DSP) and Bandra Hindu Association (BHA) Brahma Kumaris, Anjuman-I-Islam’s Girls High School & Jr. College and Duruelo Convent High School.


There were around 400 participants of which a sizeable number was of the college students.A prayer service was conducted where representatives from different faiths invoked Religious verses depicting peace, harmony and justice which had been enshrined in every Religious Scripture. This year we had a panel of students from different colleges who presented their views on their respective religions. There was a Poster and Essay competition held in different schools and colleges in and aorund Bandra before the programme and these posters were displayed in the venue.  The participants eagerly visited these displays.  The best Posters and Essays were given certificates and prizes. It was encouraging to see the youth taking active participation in the programme.


A symposium on Gender Relations in the Church: Towards an Ecumenical Gender Policy with Integrity and Justice was organised on 2nd March 2011 at St. Joseph’s Convent High School Auditorim, Bandra in collaboration with National Council of Churches in India – Urban Rural Mission and Daughters of St. Paul. Senior Priests from the Church of North India, representatives from the Catholic Bishops Conference of India led the symposium which was attended by over 100 people.


A Round Table Discussion on Sanghi Terrorism:  The significant developments that ensued after the confessions of a very senior member of the Sangh Parivar, Swami Aseemananda wherein he exposed the terrorist activities of some of the outfits that function under the umbrella of the Sangh Parivar.  


In view of this dangerous development Interfaith Coalition for Peace   and Bombay Urban Industrial League for Development (BUILD) jointly organised a Round-Table Discussion on ‘The Emergence of Sanghi Terrorism’ to bring into consideration various aspects of terrorism with special reference to Sanghi terrorism. It was held on 9th Feb. 2011 at YMCA, International, Mumbai. The invitees comprised intellectuals, academicians, activists, writers and journalists who put forth their ideas and suggestions to counter terrorist activities.


HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme


In the month of November we organised a workshop on HIV/AIDS mainstreaming on behalf of CMAI, New Delhi where four Partners of BFW in Mumbai participated.


The first week of December our target group organised HIV/AIDS awareness campaign. Women from the area took out a rally with banner, placards, posters. We also had stall which displayed the posters. Many autorickshaw, truck drivers visited the stall. Pamphlets and awareness materials were also distributed to the drivers on the road. Apart from these we also had street plays by our children’s group on the topic.


Health Camps: were conducted in different areas.




Over 300 Groups in all the constituent categories (SHGs, IGGs, NHGs, PAWCs etc. were streamlined and over 30 new groups were started. Over 100 activities were undertaken to mobilize the slum people


A number of training programmes and exchange programmes were organized for capacity building in association with the Govt. agencies, specialized organizations and educational institutes which proved extremely useful in sharing knowledge, skills building and developing confidence amongst group members


Connections were made between the groups and banks, financial institutes in order to have sustainability


A number of campaigns, were organized which proved to be eye openers for the people in understanding the anti-people government policies. Letters, discussions rallies were organized to build pressure on the govt. which generated positive results.


Specific topical awareness and advocacy programmes were conducted in association with activist NGOs and Govt. departments on food security, nuclear reactor issue, trapped fishermen in Pakistan etc.


Skills training in self-defence, house keeping, catering, and beauticianCourses was given in order to promote employability


Community mobilization through various women’s group building has strengthened the women in the areas. Their economic and social empowerment as well as political participation is very visible. This has invariably helped them to achieve greater gender equality. Some of the women becoming bread winners of their home give positive signals to the entire community that change is possible and they are no longer dependent. Domestic quarrel and fights have diminished.  Issues related to HIV/AIDS such as how to take preventive measures, if affected where to approach for treatment is known to a majority of the women. Being a member of a group has made a sense of belonging and collective support system that emerged is an added strengthened the women.




As it is mentioned earlier in this report the poor and the vulnerable sections of the society did felt the brunt because of the economic structural change. When people are facing problems in maintaining their lives it’s difficult to engage them in the process of bringing about social change.


In spite of the absence of the conducive atmosphere we constantly worked towards the empowerment of the community and encouraged them to think about the ways and means to improve their lives. At the end of the year it was observed that most of the groups were in place and had started making efforts to bring positive change in their communities


Through SHGs and IGGs women were supported to be self dependent in many ways - economically, socially and politically. This, we observed, led to the women participating in the democratic process more strongly


The recent price rise of food grains and rising cost of urban living pinched the slum people the most. The rising cost of living made them vulnerable. They also faced the ire of the administration as they were treated as encroachers. Attempts were made by the BMC to evict them. The migrants who have been settled in the communities for years were made victims of a chauvinistic assault by the MNS party which also created a sort of fissures among them.


The BUILD took the cause of the migrants. Through awareness programmes and economic projects supported them to bear the brunt and sustain through the difficulties created by the MSN, the administration and other sources


BUILD worked out a strategy to make the people understand their own leadership power and work in a democratic way to achieve goals. The functioning of the NHGs and PAWCs was made more formal and practical and decision making process was stressed A number of Group members showed such a powerful leadership trait that they were invited by the local political parties to join them


BUILD while empowering people saw to it that the changes made were in accordance with the modern values and trends. Orientation visits were organized for the group members to provide them exposure to the ways and means used by other communities and groups to handle the issues before them and what types of risks and challenges they took to resolve those


With the efforts of BUILD the Community Groups were empowered to engage themselves for the accomplishment of basic amenities. They were oriented towards the power of using RTI and other democratic instruments to achieve their goals


BUILD diligently followed the works and achieved significant success in bringing unity and inculcating the value and benefits of peaceful-co-existence among the client communities and the groups


BUILD under the Jansatta Abhiyaan (People’s Empowerment Campaign) contributed substantially to bring together a large chunk of the population on one platform to fight for better governance and the realization of their democratic aspiration


BUILD made strong suggestions towards the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir problem. BUILD strongly feels that the SAARC dream won’t come through unless the Kashmir Issue in on the path of resolving.


BUILD made their presence felt through networking, campaigning and advocacy to deal with the issues of Human Rights, Minority Rights, Communalism and Protections of Rights and Dignity and mainly issues related to democratic values


Thus BUILD worked at a micro level and had macro endeavours to deal with the issues at global, national, regional and the community level. It helped in having a better understanding of the holistic picture of the world as a frame of reference in resolving issues that would affect daily lives of the client communities


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