Support for Street Children
In the Indian scenario, most street children have some family links but spend most of their lives They beg, sell trinkets, shine on the streets. shoes or wash cars to supplement their families' income. The remaining children live on the streets,often in groups with other children.Known as "street children "they sleep in abandoned buildings, under bridges, in doorways or in public parks.
They often resort to petty theft and prostitution to survive. Abandoned on city streets by parents too poor to feed them, or forced to flee political instability or oppression, they face a future of begging, stealing, prostitution, teenage pregnancy, chronic illness and early and often violent death.
The social phenomenon of street children is increasing as the population grows. According to reports, there are more that 1, 00,000 children living on the streets of Delhi and there are only around 140 night shelters in which 84 are temporary & 56 are permanent.
Hence ACM GIDF has implemented this initiative of providing night shelters, in association with the Department of Women & Child Development under the Integrated Programme for Street Children. It’s a small beginning but an important one. We have started a open night shelter, which can accommodate 25 children at a time. Located in Rajinder Market, near old Delhi railway station, this area has one of the highest concentrations of street children.
The program is focused on provision of shelter, nutrition, health care, sanitation and hygiene, safe drinking water, education and recreational facilities and protection against abuse and exploitation to destitute and neglected street children.
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