In our fast paced life, we often tend to forget or even ignore people who are less fortuned than us. In the juxtaposition of the extreme rich and the poor in the overwhelming slums in a metropolis like Mumbai, the contrast only becomes stronger. Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Jockin Arputham, has dedicated his life to challenging the barriers that stop them from reaching their potential. His journey to build a better life for them weaves a story of women empowerment and determination to make a difference.
Jockin Arputham is the president and founder of the National Slum Dwellers Foundation and also presides the Slum Dwellers International and has worked for improvement of housing and sanitation of slum dwellers in India for over forty years. He was bestowed upon the Ramon Magsaysay award in 2000 and the Padma Shri in 2011 and was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize in 2014. Over the years, he has built 30,000 houses in India and 100,000 around the world and still works with goal of providing shelter and sanitation for every economically backward citizen of Mumbai.
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