Articles by Kanchan Joneja

Kanchan Joneja is a design researcher, writer, and visual designer with over three years of experience in the development sector and training as an architect at School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. As Co-Founder of Off Centre Collective, she believes strongly in scaling up impact through collaborative research, strategy, and design.

"My youngest son was born here (near the landfill) and while I was pregnant, I had to rely on the water from the handpump”, says Anita*, a waste picker living in Shraddhanand Colony adjoining the Bhalswa Landfill in Northwest Delhi.  If you’ve traveled by road to Chandigarh, you would have seen this is the mountain of trash. “He's had kidney problems ever since he was born,” adds Anita. “Within 5.5 years, we have had to get him operated six times! Because of the medical expenses, we have to go without ration for a few days. Stomach, skin, and eye problems…

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