The word ‘pehchan’ in hindi translates as ‘identity’. This draws from the underlying motivation of all our work – to recognize and strengthen the identity of the homeless in society. The homeless citizens of Mumbai, forming one of the most marginalized communities in this city and also serving as building blocks of its economy in the unorganized sector, are the people who are forced to call footpaths, street corners, beaches, railway platforms and sky walks their home. As a community-based non-governmental organization, Pehchan serves to empower these people by helping them to fight for their rights and to break out of the cycle of poverty, while working to create the conditions in society to encourage this to happen.
Our primary goal is reaching out to young women for whom we organise trainings in paper bag making, stitching and cloth recycling. Those who decide to stay with the program beyond the training period are connected to market avenues where their products can be sold. The women in the program have earned up to 7000 rupees a month.