There are over 11 million street children in India, according to the Consortium for Street Children. Some are orphans; others have been abused or abandoned by their families. They live in extreme poverty on the streets and railway platforms of India, socially excluded, and survive by begging for food, working in the exploitative informal economy, or find themselves recruited by criminal gangs into invisible labour and brothels. Some end up in remand homes or poorly-run orphanages. Many street children have never attended school; others have dropped out. Their lack of education and support serves to limit their future prospects, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
CHILD Ashram was founded seventeen years ago by a railway clerk, Ramachandra Sarath, who was moved to change the lives of children he saw living on the streets and railways. His story of the development of CHILD Ashram is inspirational, and Global Concerns is proud to be part of that story.