PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF STREET CHILDREN
May began with the launching of the project “Protecting the rights of street children”. Approximately 18 million children survive in the streets of India without any protection, assistance or supervision. In order to look after their rights, we have decided to start working in six new communities in the city of Pune where we work with minors, 6 to 18, who are not in school, are victims of child labor, beg in the streets or fall prey to criminal organizations. A fundamental part of this project is to work with families so as to raise awareness about the need to increase access to the public healthcare and education systems and promote the rights of children.
In each of these communities we offer:
- Basic hygiene services, information workshops and medical check-ups.
- Monthly meetings on sexual and reproductive health.
- Awareness sessions for families.
- “Bridge courses” to join the conventional education system.
- Academic support.
- Sports activities and participation in competitions.
- Cultural and educational visits and excursions.
Thanks to this project, street children in six communities have access to new opportunities for their future and deserving living conditions.