About Us

Who are we?


The word ‘Pehchan’ in hindi translates as ‘identity’. This draws from the underlying motivation of all our work – to recognise and strengthen the identity of the homeless in society. The homeless citizens of Mumbai, forming one of the most marginalized communities in this city and also serving as building blocks of its economy in the unorganized sector, are the people who are forced to call footpaths, street corners, beaches, railway platforms and skywalks their home. As a community-based non-governmental organization, Pehchan serves to empower these people by helping them to fight for their rights and to break out of the cycle of poverty, while working to create the conditions in society to encourage this to happen.