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No Place to Go

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The slum community of Dharavi poses a strong contrast to Mumbai, India’s, high-rise buildings seen in the background.

Dharavi, with a population estimated to be 1 million people, is one of the largest slums in the world.

 “There are about 43 toilets for 30,000 people at one edge of Dharavi,” says 23-year-old Kavita. “During emergencies, men and young children would frequent the garbage dump across the street for convenience, which has mosquitoes, stray dogs, and big rats creeping around. A lot of children have complained of mosquitoes and rat bites,” Kavita says.

Around the world, 2.4 billion people lack improved sanitation.

In fiscal year 2014, World Vision provided improved sanitation for more than 68,000 households in India, the country with the greatest deficit of suitable toilet facilities. It’s part of World Vision’s emphasis on WASH – water, sanitation, and hygiene – to provide health and dignity.

 

Photo©2015 World Vision, Daniel Mung

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