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In the heart of Mumbai's slums

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In the heart of Mumbai is Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi – bursting at its seams with a population of more than a million.

In October 2001, three young urban professionals decided to make a difference and stepped into Dharavi for the first time.

They conducted free programmes imparting knowledge on health and hygiene, collective social responsibility, community development and stress relief using unique
breathing techniques and meditation.

Teaching on the streets, in by-lanes, even in small courtyards – they trained over two thousand residents in just five months. Addictions to tobacco and alcohol dropped sharply, and participants immediately took up service projects, even converting a garbage dump into a beautiful garden.

Today, more than 30,000 Dharavi residents have benefited from these initiatives.

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