India is becoming increasingly urbanized. Today more than 300 million people are living in urban areas. It is projected that by 2030 nearly 50% of the population will be in the cities.
As the urban population in the country is growing, so is urban poverty. The nature of urban poverty poses different problems of housing and shelter, water, sanitation, health, education, social security and livelihood along with special needs of the most vulnerable group, the children.
With a special focus on underprivileged children in the slums of Delhi, Katha aims to look at all aspects that affect their growth, well being and potential particularly their education and life-long learning ― low incomes, lack of shelter, water supply and sanitation, other urban services, health, nutrition, access to quality early childhood centres and to good schools.