Focus: Children and Youth, Homelessness, Anti-trafficking
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MINORS, away from home for a long time, are often habitual runaways or have deviant behavior, including substance abuse. For such children, who need intensive intervention, SATHI conduct month-long residential camps in batches of 25 to 30, where through activities such as yoga and games, sessions on health and drug abuse and non-formal education, the child is reoriented towards family life. The camps, which cost ₹1.5lakh each, often end with tears of joy for parents, children and staff.
SATHI’s outreach team work on 13 major railway platforms in India, constantly on the lookout for lost or runaway children. When spotted, team members approach them in a friendly manner and take them to a nearby shelter where counsellors and caretakers orient the child towards going back home. Once the parents are traced, they are invited to first interact with the counselors and, if key conditions are met, the child is restored back to the family. It costs ₹4,000 to rescue one child.
Fantastic work! Real pleasure to see how children are being helped.
Thanks to the efforts of SATHI, most of these children now have dreams of studying hard and becoming doctors, teachers, engineers and police officers. We hope that SATHI continues to enrich many more such dreams and help them blossom into reality.
- Rohit Shetti Advocacy and Networking Officer
- Shamboling Khot Programme Manager
- Rajshekhar Programme Manager