From a life on the street to a future with bright prospects   

Situation and background  

The life of street children

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The group of children we have been looking after since 1996 grew up under indescribable conditions on the street, sleeping on stinking rubbish dumps without a proper roof over their heads, exposed to the elements day and night. They were in very poor health, many suffering from tuberculosis and other serious illnesses picked up from dying beggars they met in the gutter. Diarrhoea, ear and skin infections were the norm, not to speak of worm and lice infestation. At an early age, they suffered unbearable physical and mental abuse, were mistreated and exploited and grew up without proper care, in squalor and without sufficient food. Very few had the luck of getting a meal a day, and most children had to beg, steel or work all hours of the day to survive. Many tell us about their time in quarries crushing stones, carrying bricks as construction labourers and working as coal bag carriers. "No money – no food" was the only lesson they learned.

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Many children come from destroyed families. Their parents might suffer from leprosy and survive as beggars. In other cases, families became destitute through illness or accident, were evicted from their homes and ended up on the street. Parents in such situations are not in a position to lead their children out of poverty, as they see no way out of their plight. Among them are many deserted mothers with small children, parents suffering from tuberculosis who are cared for by their children, and fathers who are alcoholics, drink or gamble away all their income and take their rage out on their offspring. Every year, the number of children who cannot live with their parents grows. And all children on the street are exposed to the most abject abuse, without any protection whatsoever from the authorities.

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Street children have no hope to ever attend school, as all schools charge fees. The costs for books and uniforms are of course completely beyond their means. Children who grow into adults without any reading or writing skills have no hope of ever escaping a life of slavery.

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This is the hopeless future also faced by the children living in the leper colonies of Sankat Mocan and Bhadohi.

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