If pilgrims and visitors to Bodhgaya, the centre of the Bhuddist world did not give money to children they would not beg. What visitors fail to realise is that child begging is a business, exploiting the very children people think they are helping. Anybody who has seen Slumdog Millionaire must be aware of the dangers of giving money in this way to children. This is an initiative of Rescue Junction to rehabilitate these children, and stop this trade, and get these kids back to school .
People First have been working doing ground breaking work for over 20 years in the Local Area. We have been working with the authorities and others to help raise awareness about the problem of child beggars. This project will identify those children really in need and restore them to school with our support. Those in genuine need will get help from our centre for homeless and street children, Rescue Junction. Those individuals involved in organised begging will be made aware of the consequences,
By support, help assistance and protection we hope that we can provide a better future for the children involved. Community awareness will play a big part in the process. Our Staff are highly trained and skilled in this work and are sensitive to all issues. With our resources at rescue Junction we can offer a real alternative to these children.If any visitor to Bodhgaya is concerned about any child they can phone a toll free number 1098 for an immediate response from our staff.
It is the aim of the trust to engage with the police, railway authorities, the judicial system and local government in helping to provide a child safety network in the district. This has the potential to help thousands of kids.We hope eventually to eradicate child begging from Bodhgaya.