Children growing up in Mumbai red light area often stay under the bed or found lurking on streets unattended. From a young age they witness drug peddling, gambling dens, sexual acts and other illicit activities while their mothers engage in sex work. They're always at the risk of getting physically and sexually abused. A daycare & night shelter facility for these children would help them to grow in secured space with care and protection through healthy lifestyle, diet and hygienic conditions.
Children growing up in the red light area often stay under the care of community members while their mothers engage in the sex work.They grow up without mothers or family are often found roaming around the streets even in the night. Most of them are malnourished with a tendency of using both physical verbal abuses.They show behavioral problems and often face neglect,sexual and physical abuse.They imitate sexual acts, as they play unattended below the beds where sexual activity is taking place.
A day-care and night shelter facility for toddlers from the age of 2 to 5 years would help them with a secured space, a protective and encouraging environment to learn and study, keep them away from the area and exposure of the activities. Healthy lifestyle, diet and hygienic conditions along with care, love, and peace will give them a productive safe space to grow.
Through our day care and night shelter project, every year 75 toddlers will have the confidence and better social skills to start formal school education and are integrated into the mainstream in the long run. Once the children are of 5 years of age, boys will be placed in partner Boarding Homes and the girls will be absorbed in our 'Udaan' Project.