Nov. 14, 2012
-- There are more than 3,00,000 street children living on the streets of capital city of Delhi. Out of these more than 50% of the children are illiterate and work as rag pickers, street vendors, beggars or at roadside stalls and shops. Majority of the street children ( http://www.volunteeringindia.com/
children.html ) are in the age group of 5-14 years of age.
Due to absence of any ID cards with the children, they miss out on different government schemes to educate themselves and land up on the streets doing petty jobs.
Most of the street children come from abusive families from neighboring states of Delhi such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar or Haryana.
The street children face tough hardships and life for them is very difficult with problems such as child trafficking and drugs as well as constant threat of harassment by policemen and municipal authorities.
There are many organizations working for the empowerment of Street and working children in Delhi. These organizations run contact points or shelter homes at strategic locations in Delhi. These shelter homes provide basic informal education facilities, shower, food and counseling facilities for the children.
The different shelter homes and street children day care centers are run efficiently with the regular support of local as well as foreign volunteers from around the world. Volunteers from around the world volunteer through different established programs in India and help these projects.
Organizations such as Volunteering India ( http://www.volunteeringindia.com/
) are working for the cause of these children and placing volunteers regularly in different street children projects across Delhi. Volunteers help out in informal education activities, teach Basic English to the children as well make the children involved in different activities and games. The children need emotional support, love and care which is provided by the volunteers who give individual attention to the children and shower love and affection on them.