SIGNATURE AND AWARENESS GENERATION CAMPAIGN.
THANK YOU for your continued support. Your unconditional support in rescuing children from the streets has been appreciated by each one of us in BOSCO. We couldn't do our work without you, and we are so, so grateful for your generosity.
As you might already know, all over the world street children lack access to basic necessities and rights. Perhaps more importantly, they lack a healthy environment in which their worth and dignity can be affirmed.Children end up on the streets for a number of reasons, many of which are rooted in family instability and poverty. In Bangalore children most often leave home because they have been rejected and abandoned by their families for various reasons. Many of the children we have worked with have left their homes to flee domestic violence, abusive relatives, peer influence or neglectful families. Some others have done so because their families live in severe economic distress, and are unable to care for them. During our interaction with the rescued children we have noticed that it is not uncommon that parents in extreme poverty will encourage the children to leave home to find ‘work,’ which may include begging, selling scrap materials. It’s important for BOSCO rescue these children who flee extreme poverty to join street life.
During the period of (MARCH/ APRIL / MAY) BOSCO rescued 1658 Children from Bangalore Railways station with help staffs, volunteers, and other stakeholders. We also conducted 12 numbers of awareness program and other 12 numbers of C.S.G ( Civil Society Group) meetings to capacitate & to reach out more people.
From March 10 to March 16th in association with the Women and child Development and railway Authority BOSCO conducted a drive to check the inflow of runaway children at the Bangalore city railway station. Round the clock rescue work with the help of 50 volunteers helped us to rescue 202 runaway children in the span of 7 days. This drive clearly shows us the need to strengthen the rescue team by hiring more staffs to reach out more vulnerable children. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/drive-nets-202-runaways-at-city-railway-station/article5806597.ece
Here are details about the rescue work during the month of March, April & May.
NUMBER OF CHILDREN RESCUED
MONTHS MARCH APRIL MAY
BOYS 519 456 438
GIRLS 62 90 93
TOTAL 581 546 531
FINAL ACTION TAKEN
HOME PLACED 1110
INSTITUTIONAL / REFERRAL SERVICE 362
COUNSELED AND SENT 61
UNDER BOSCO CARE 125
Infant rescued from disabled beggar at City railway station.
Cleaning staff at the Bangalore City railway station on Saturday helped child helpline volunteers rescue an eight-month-old baby boy from the custody of a man with disabilities, who had arrived from Mumbai and was allegedly found making use of the child for begging. The man, who was identified as Devanand, admitted that he had found the baby boy at the Mumbai railway station three months ago and had decided to make use him for begging.
The incident came to light when the sweepers at platform no. 10 noticed the baby boy lying next to a beggar with disabilities and crying incessantly. Based on the information, a team of volunteers from BOSCO childline rushed to the spot and took the child and the man to the BOSCO shelter at Chamarajapet and fed the child, and made the man to take bath.
The BOSCO counsellors tried to extract information from Devanand to ascertain whether it could be the case of a child trafficking racket, but he reportedly feigned ignorance and behaved as if he was mentally challenged, a staff member of BOSCO Mane said. The child was later referred to the Child Welfare Committee and shifted to Shishu Mandira, while the man was provided with the address of the helpline and asked to report for any help, Executive Director of BOSCO Father P.S. George said.
It may be recalled that on April 7, a taxi driver at the City railway station helped the child helpline volunteers to bust a child trafficking racket, which led to the arrest of a 45-year-old ragpicker, who had abducted a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. The girl and the boy, who were allegedly forced to beg for him for the past one-and-half years, were freed from his captivity. The accused was charged under child trafficking and other sections while the boy and the girl have been referred to State home for boys and girls.
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