Khirkee Ki Kahani

Once KHOJ established itself through a building in Khirki, as an organisation we felt we needed to develop a relationship with the community from which we were based. However the community is a disparate one, with low income earners on the one hand and a large middle class (primarily artists) on the other. There is a drama school, a professional photography studio, an architectural firm and a filmmaker’s studio all within the neighborhood of KHOJ; there are also different religious groupings and further stratification in terms of caste. In October 2004, KHOJ initiated a variety of community outreach programs. This process has began with the simple mapping of the Khirkee community, beginning with the street KHOJ is located. Over the past few months this process of moving out into the community has rapidly transformed the relation between KHOJ and the Khirkee residents.

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