Greenfields is a neighbourhood of Faridabad, around 30km from New Delhi. Faridabad is the most populous city of the Haryana state, and part of the Delhi Capital Region.
Around 2 million people live in Greenfields and it is experiencing a rapid population growth, thanks to a booming economic growth.
However, the city’s infrastructure cannot keep up and many people moving here end up in slums. Children are at risk due to the living conditions and the lack of access to education and health care.
Since 1968, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Greenfields.
India has the highest number of child marriages in the world. This means a harrowing 27% of women aged 20 to 24 were first married before 18. Child marriage is a violation of the universal declaration of human rights, and the emotional damage a child suffers from a forced union is profound. There is also an increased risk of child pregnancies and domestic violence.
In Haryana state specifically, where Greenfields is located, 19% of girls were married as a child. The government has a lot to do in order to meet its national target to end child marriages by 2030.
In Haryana, the state in which Greenfields is located, around 11% of people live in poverty. Greenfields, is growing rapidly but it does not have the infrastructure to keep up with this development.
Often people move to Faridabad in search of a better life and job opportunities, but many people end up in one of the slums in the city. In these slums, there is a lack of affordable housing, adequate sanitation and safe drinking water.
An estimated 12% of the city lives in slums, making it the city within Haryana with the most slums. Children are at risk due to the poverty in these slums, lacking access to healthcare and education.