Bangalore: A group of good samaritans in Bangalore have made it their mission to provide shelter and education to street children. Not just that, the group called 'Sathi' also tries to reunite the kids with their parents.
They hold meetings and Sathi co-ordinator Sanjeev and his colleagues get ready to go on rounds of Bangalore's city railway station. Their task is to identify unaccompanied children, those who have strayed, intentionally or accidentally. "They could be involved in accidents, be taken by brokers and touts to be sold as labourers at hotels," Sanjeev says.
About eight to ten children land up at the railway station in Bangalore alone every day. That's roughly 3,000 children every year. They're all confused about their immediate future, and left alone, they could end up losing their childhood forever.
Most of these kids are under 12 years of age, confused about the future and irritated with the present, they run away from home for the most trivial reasons such as fights with family and low scores in school. Sathi secretary Pramod Kulkarni says, "It's a rebellious age. Some event, some spark happens. The child gets agitated and moves away. It's a spur of a moment, it happens." ...more
09:30 AM, Nov 28, 2012