There are 10 million homeless children on the streets of India that go overlooked by most state policy frameworks and most often turn to a life of crime after having to survive years of abuse and neglect. Without education there is little chance of these children contributing as productive citizens in a burgeoning globalized landscape. Along with providing safe shelter, food & healthcare, there is a need to develop the skills and capability of this enormously high-potential group of children.
A Rainbow Home provides a safe space for the child to recover from lost years of survival spent on the street through comprehensive care i.e. education, nutrition, healthcare, shelter, remedial coaching, recreation, love and protection. Over 3,500 formerly homeless children are now accessing academic services through city-based schools and a host of vocational training skills; while a strong mandate of mental and physical health ensures traces of malnutrition and trauma are rooted out.
Our aim is to reach out to 10,000 homeless children across India's major cities by the end of this decade. The objective in doing so is not only to lift them out of savage poverty, but to yield mature, well-educated and responsible citizens with enhanced potentials to sustain their livelihoods in the future. Through a team of dedicated caregivers, community volunteers and State authorities, the Rainbow homes establish an internationally replicable model for diminishing child homelessness.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Association for Rural and Urban Needy