Many children run away from their homes across India and end up at places such as New Delhi railway station. For such street children, a good night's sleep is a distant dream. Threatened by gangs, persecuted by the law, they take their rest as it comes - in little snatches. Driven from their homes by hunger, poverty or abuse these children are refugees in an urban environment they do not comprehend - perfect fodder for the underworld of drugs, sex and violence.
Salaam Baalak Trust is dedicated to the care and protection of neglected street children, regardless of caste, colour, creed or religion. They work in areas that are the raw, harsh underbelly of the city - on railway platforms, at crowded bus stops, and in the by lanes around temples. Their comprehensive services include 5 full-care residential facilities, 15 ongoing contact point programs, and an emergency helpline for children in distress.
Since 1987, the organization has supported 50,000+ children. Children, who have left SBT have gone on to establish meaningful lives for themselves, embracing a wide variety of jobs and vocations. The Trust's roots in the performing arts have enabled some to become highly regarded freelance photographers, dancers, choreographers, film makers, actors, puppeteers, and theatre directors. Others have great steady jobs with existing companies.