Most of the articles in this edition of Footsteps look at major changes in the lives of slum dwellers. But this change has not always come from outside and has rarely involved outside funding. It has resulted largely from the impact of mobilised groups and communities. It has come as a result of people putting pressure on local authorities in order to receive their basic human rights in terms of access to water, shelter, sanitation and education. As some groups achieve results, so they can have a considerable impact on other new groups.
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In this issue
Bible studies Bible study: Beautiful feet?
Jesus walked those dusty, dirty first-century Palestinian roads on his travels. His feet took him to difficult places, where he showed a new way to live
Articles Biosand filters
Biosand filters purify dirty water so that it becomes safe to drink
Articles Community involvement in urban water supply
How can communities in urban areas be involved in supporting water supply?
Articles Defending children's rights
Ruth Alvarado, Director of AGAPE, describes how the focus of its work has changed
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Articles Sustainable urban health services: Transferring responsibilities to local government
This article looks at the process of transferring responsibility and highlights the success factors
Articles The work of Sulabh International
Bindeshwar Pathak made it is his life's work to improve the situation for 'Harijans' in India, who collect waste from bucket toilets, carrying it on their heads and dumping it in fields and canals
Articles Transforming lives
A case study about a project based in Ethiopian cities Nazareth, Awassa, Addis Ababa and Jimma aimed at lifting people out of poverty
Articles Working towards urban renewal
Asha is a health and community development programme in New Delhi, India, that believes it is not enough simply to provide medical care in the slum communities