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What we do : Profile of beneficiaries

Family Background : All those admitted belong to very poor families. The families (comprising of abusive parents or single parents or only relatives and no parents or no relatives and no parents) live either on the roadside or in a slum which is unsafe for girls.

Unmarried mothers - young, unmarried girls who are pregnant – some have been abandoned after they got pregnant, some are rape victims. They are mostly from very poor families and need to work to survive or to support their families.

Babies relinquished - through a legal process by the unmarried mothers as these young mothers are unable to live with the stigma attached to being unmarried mothers, in our country. They are unable to provide for their babies, would not be accepted by their families, and would not be able to hold jobs, if they have a baby to care for.

Babies, toddlers, children under 3 years of age abandoned - found in various places brought in by the police are placed here by the Child Welfare Committee for safe custody. Some of these children are given in adoption, after a thorough home study and through legal procedures.

Missing children – brought to us by the Police are helped to find their families.

Orphans – Children who have no parents, may or may not have relatives.

Children who have experienced trauma, violence, abuse or those who have to be protected from it - eg. Girl witnessed the father murdering the mother; girl witnessed the mother burning to death; parents taught the girl to steal; parents forced the girl to beg on the streets; parents or relatives or employers physically abused the girl; parents neglected the girl. Some have a single parent who is unable to care for the girl, either due to extreme poverty or being mentally challenged.

Girls with HIV infection – Most of them do not have parents, or may have a parent who is suffering from HIV and is unable to care and provide for them.

Sexually abused girls - minor girls rescued from the flesh trade or sexual abuse, may be from any part of India or even outside India eg Bangladesh as they have been sold into brothels, or massage parlours in Mumbai. Some belong to families wherein prostitution is a way of life. Some have been sold into the flesh trade by their own families, neighbours, relatives or friends.

Elderly, destitute women - Orphans who could not be reintegrated into society due to being mentally challenged or differently abled eg. low IQ, deaf and dumb.


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