Kadi Vihar is located in the North – West district of Delhi bordering states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. It is in the outskirts of city, approximately 30 kilometers from New Delhi. Kadi Vihar Bhalswa J.J. Colony is a resettlement colony came into existence in 1999. It consisted then of nearly 5000 households comprising 30000 populations.

The Bhalswa resettlement colony is a large plain and low lying land with no proper drainage or sewage system. A single rain can flood the whole area with drainage or sewage water making it almost uninhabitable. Devoid of any vegetation or tree growth in the vicinity, the whole area is open to the rage of the elements of nature especially fire and winds, that often devastate the area.

The people of these colonies are migrants from the states like Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Haryana. They belong to various cultural and linguistic communities. However, language for communication is Hindi. People live in poverty and misery. Roads, medical facilities, school, electricity, big shops etc. are beyond their reach. Economically they belong to poorest strata of the society. They earn their living doing all sorts of odd jobs like construction work, pulling rickshaws, auto-driving, rag-picking, vegetables/fruits venturing, laundry work, etc. Since work is not regular, often the families are left to starve. The women folk are largely engaged in household works. They work as domestic workers and earn Rs. 500 to 1000 per month. Cases of atrocities on women such as rape, molestations, beating etc. are common when they work in houses. They become easy target for house owners to accuse them of theft and it results in police harassment and loss of job.

Knowing the needs of the area and the situation of the people, Chetanalaya took up the challenge of working in this colony. It has built a very good rapport with the people. Chetanalaya initiated women’s groups, started the SHG interventions, organized non-formal education and took up several social and community issues besides bringing the people on a developmental platform. During a short period of time, Chetanalaya has succeeded to bring in a positive transformation in the socio-economic life of the people of Kadi Vihar.


  • 28 children attending Pre-School
  • 108 children availing Remedial Education
  • 179 children are members of children’s parliament
  • 71 students in non formal education centres
  • 552 Children were admitted in the Formal Schools
  • 1312 Direct Beneficiaries of Community Health Programme
  • 211 Disabled Persons covered under CBR Programme
  • 40 Women Attending Cutting & Tailoring Courses
  • 30 Women Trained in Beauty Culture
  • 38 Youth Attending Typing & Computer courses
  • 118 SHGs with 1806 members
  • 47 Houses Constructed under Housing Programme