Jun 5, 2015

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Children Interacts with Residents in Pirana Village, Ahmedabad

Place: Pirana Village(9:00AM- 12:00PM)                                                                                                             -By Mansi Singh


  • With the Sarpanch, Ajay Bhai :

o   Village had Hindu and Muslim communities and even tribals people.

o   Around 700 houses with around 2500 population.

o   One primary, one private (trust gurukul), and one high school in the village.

o   3 Aganwadi

o   Cultivation of wheat , rice, vegetables, etc.

o   For health care, one primary health care sub centre is present.

  • With one of the Asha workers:

o   2 workers in each aganwadi- one foe cooking mid day meals and another for teaching kids.

o   Kids of age 3- 5 years come to aganwadi.

o   Around 25 kids come regularly.

o   Conduct camps for vaccinations of young kids.

o   She even told us that they provided training to school drop out girls in sewing, singing, etc.

  • With Kids:

o   They told us the different games they play like- maal dhadi, hide and seek ,kancha.

o   One girl, Hushana Banu, of class 7th told us that she wants to be a teacher and she daily teaches her younger brothers.

o   We asked the kids how can we reuse  burnt matchstick. They gave interesting replies like – use it for applying kajal, use to learn alphabets by writing A,B,C… with it, use to draw structures as temple.

o   We then asked of the different uses of a bicycle. Their replies included –

  • For carrying things
  • Using tyre as swing
  • Using the tyre to play
  • For pulling water from the well using its chain
  • For exercise in circus (told by an old lady)
  • For sharpening the knife
  • To give lifts to people.

o   Kids even told us that they used household materials like mud, thermocol to make their toys like mud mobile, mud house , fish of thermocol, etc.

  • With Women :

o   They told us that since water pipe is broken they are facing water problems

o   They informed us that girls study till 10th or 12th in the village and don’t go for further education ,rather they learn mehendi, seeing ,etc.

o   Women even told us that they wanted to learn sewing and even submitted Rs 900 for it at gram hut but they didn’t teach them properly and didn’t even provide any certificate.

o   They said that they get bored in house all day and really want to learn something.


  • No proper drainage.
  • Women want to learn something but are not able to get proper platform.

After this we left the Summer School Students to interact more with the community and we along with kids of Children Workshop came back.


Place : A slum near Gyaspur Village ( 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm)


  • With few men:

o   They work as driver of AMC garbage trucks.

o   They bring garbage in the trucks from different parts of Ahmedabad and dump it in Pirana dumping yard. They get trucks from the contractor under a contract.

o   Wages – Rs 100/ day for labourer and Rs 140/ day for driver.

o   Working hours – 9-10 hours daily.

o   The community has come from Jabua, M.P.

o   They are living here since 7-8 years and the land belongs to municipality.

o   They get electricity from the connections in a nearby garage and pay for it.

o   Their kids attend school in Jabua.

o   Boring water is salty so they can’t use it for drinking so they buy water tank for Rs 500 every few days.

o   They keep the water in plastic tanks and cover it with wooden planks.

o   Small medical centre(private ) nearby for health issues.

o   Some men earn by segregating the waste materials and selling the plastic to tin contractor.

  • With Women :

o   Shakuntala , one of the lady, collected deodorant bottles and removed its lid by hitting with a stone and sold the metal body to tin contractor.(See Fig. 1)

o   Women told us that they use cotton cloth during menstruation and reuse it after washing.

o   No toilets so go to bushes nearby and face difficulties at night due to darkness.

o   For bathing ,they have plastic sheets on four sides supported on bamboo.

o   For cooking, they use chulhas but since they are accustomed to the smoke , they don’t face any problems.

o   Aganwadi workers from Narol and Batua village take care of their injections and medicines during pregnancy and vaccinations of kids.

o   They didn’t have any awareness about the government schemes provided for them like Janani Suraksh Yojana.

o   They mostly use the furniture donated to them by the people of society from where they collected garbage.

o   They don’t wear slippers during garbage segregation.



  • Women used ash of wood from chulha for washing utensils ( a traditional knowledge still in use!!!).(See Fig.2)
  • Houses are made of plastic sheets and bamboo and are not strong enough to withstand strong rain and storm so they have to stay inside the trucks during rains and rebuild their houses .
  • Men themselves build their houses from bamboo , thus they are very skilful and if given opportunity and use their this skill at various places.

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