The IPAP Project of DAS aims to improve the status of the most socially excluded children living near the Dhapa dump-yard, in Eastern Kolkata. Most of the people in this area are rag-pickers, daily-wage laborers working in the dump, agriculturists and Kolkata Municipal Corporation workers. DAS is working hard to spread the stories of these underprivileged children and get them recognized institutionally by formal and informal structures. This has been a challenging essay to work on, due to the fact that these are ‘invisible children’ we are dealing with. Their heads are not even counted during census.
• These areas are deprived in terms of entitlements and services. Even the most basic government facilities like education and healthcare are inaccessible to the people living here.
• No visibility of these areas in terms of exclusion.
• DAS has been motivating a large number of children to go to school. Most of these children are first-generation literates.
• The community people and stake holders are gradually becoming aware about Child Rights Issues and taking steps to protect children.