This is Sunita with the usual update. Sorry that this time it is a little bit late, but we have been so busy here at Rescue Junction. as you know the SIGNAL project is based here at the centre.
In the past month we have received many children including two abandoned infants, one placed in a packed bag and thrown near a river. Both are now doing well and will be placed for adoption shortly. The girls at the centre help our staff with such children and we hope this will help towards their parenting skills in the future.
Here at Rescue Junction, our 24 hour centre for homeless missing and runaway children in Gaya in Bihar we work with three different groups of children and I thought it would help to explain this to you all.
Firstly we have the long term street children, children who have been living on the streets , and have no family. 30% of these children are girls. Do you remember from a previous report it was mentioned that older girls living on the street often disappear once they reach the age of 12 or 13? . This is because they often become prostitutes. The programme you have supported is aimed at preventing this by providing skills and support to enable the girls to live an honest and decent life. We also conduct raids with the police on local brothels to make sure no underage girls are there.
Secondly we work with missing and abandoned children who are often brought to us by the Police, especially the government railway police found running away or lost on trains. 40% of these children are girls. Almost all can be rehabilitated with family members but those that can't stay with us and learn a skill under this programme .
And thirdly we work with the local slum area children who have a home and family but live in rough shelters near the railway line. We have a special education programme for them. 50% are girls and they can join the classes under this special project that you have supported.
Here is what one of the girls says about the project,
"I want to send my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have sent money to help us continue our skills training here at Rescue Junction. It is not just the training which one day may lead to a vitally important source of income, it is the care and concern we receive from the staff that helps us so much adjust to a more normal life.
I send my thanks to you all "
And so do I,
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