Every year, due to neglect, abuse and the need to supplement the family income, thousands of children migrate to the streets of Pondicherry, one of the most densely populated cities in South India. This project aims to protect over 500 street and working children in Pondicherry and reintegrate them into mainstream society, through a combination of drop-in centre and outreach support in the community.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Approximately 200 children live on the streets of central Pondicherry and over 1,000 children live in the city's poorest slums. Every year, due to domestic violence, neglect and the need to supplement the family income, thousands of children migrate to the streets of Pondicherry. These children forgo their education for street hawking, begging, drug trafficking, theft and prostitution. The majority will join gangs, especially those without a family, turning to a life of crime and drug abuse.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will (1) meet approximately 500 street and working children's immediate needs through a centrally located drop-in centre, night shelter and daily outreach on the streets; and (2) reintegrate these children through education, training and family support.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project aims to promote & protect the rights of the most vulnerable children in Pondicherry and increase the involvement of community members and institutions (police, judiciary, schools and local service providers) in supporting these children.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,203
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,203 . The original project funding goal was $17,498.