Homelessness and begging plague India, where 44% of children under five are malnourished and 28.6% of people live in extreme poverty, but this is particularly evident in Secunderabad. No one escapes the squalor and hunger of their condition, as parents are literally force infants into begging for survival and have no other means of livelihood. This lifestyle is rife with abuse and exploitation: physical, emotional, mental and sexual, and children suffer permanent debilitating affects.
The solution is a multifaceted approach: an improved facility to house the children in healthier living conditions, as well as to provide ancillary facilities, including computer and language training, vocational training, counseling services, etc.
The expanded facility will improve the health of 100 children by providing medical care, better hygiene, adequate clothing, a healthy diet and an education. Ten local residents will be employed and 25 will receive support and training each year.