Our Projects - Street Children Outreach Project

(For Poor’s & Unprivileged Street Children, Child Labour, Rag pickers Boys & Girls)
Better Childhood for a bright future.....
Project Description:
We encourage school drop-outs to finish their education and readmitted in the school. Through the national open school, and run tutorial classes to help young people pass their exams.
Jeevan Asha means “hope of Life” .Jeevan Asha Project aims are give hope and True Love in life to children who have run away from their homes & get attracted to the city. These children don’t have shelter & hence live on the streets and Parent not Educate properly to them. We have started 2 balwdies for them one in Kalyan, Vithalwadi and Thane Mumbai on the railway and near railway station slum community. Every day they come for the studies there and get their nutrition, food, cloths, medical health care in Balwadi centre. We work in older street children We do counseling to them, and sending for Boarding school, Home, Training Centre and sent to back to theirs home. WTL provides non-formal street schools to ensure that working children get at least a basic education for them.
b) The main objectives are:
Reduce the number of children from becoming street children. 50 kids provided education health care & orientation to stable life style. The children are settled in safe, secure & caring homes
c) 30 children to be resettled back to their homes through our rehabilitation programme.
Street children background information
Many of the street children who have run away from home have done so because they were beaten or sexually abused. Tragically, their homelessness can lead to further abuse through exploitative child labor and prostitution.
Not only does abuse rob runaway children of their material security, but it also leaves them emotionally scarred. Many of the abused children "WAY TRUE LIFE "encounters are traumatized and some refuse to speak for months. To aggravate matters, children often feel guilty and blame themselves for their mistreatment. Such damage can take years to recover from in even the most loving of environments; on the streets it may never heal.
A large proportion of the boys in "WAY TRUE LIFE’s" homes have suffered abuse. In addition to fulfilling their material needs, we seek to provide a warm and caring atmosphere. Our vocational centers are safe, fun places where children gain confidence and self-esteem. We run a help line for children in need, and, unusual amongst Indian NGOs, we employ male and female full-time counselors to support our children’s emotional development.
Child Labour :
Most Indian street children work. In Mumbai, Thane a common job is rag-picking, and Begging in the Railway Train in which boys and girls as young as 6 years old sift through garbage in order to collect recyclable material. The children usually rise before dawn and carry their heavy load in a large bag over their shoulder. Rag-pickers can be seen alongside pigs and dogs searching through trash heaps on their hands and knees.
Other common jobs are the collecting of firewood, tending to animals, street vending, dyeing, begging, prostitution and domestic labour.
Children that work are not only subject to the strains and hazards of their labour, but are also denied the education or training that could enable them to escape the poverty trap.
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