In the last twenty seven years Salaam Baalak Trust, Mumbai has helped thousands of children come off the streets and into a safe and nurturing environment. Today they provide an integrated safety net of services catering to the individual needs of street children in Mumbai, covering the entire realm of child development from physical and medical needs to encompassing the educational, creative, cognitive, social and vocational needs of the children.
The objective is to provide them every opportunity for holistic development so that they become responsible, contributing members of society. SBTM has three Day Care Centres located at Chowpatty, Andheri and Kalyan. Two of these Centres also provide Night Shelter and there is a Balwadi at the Chowpaty centre.
The Solapur Project for rehabilitation of Pardhi street children has been expanded to include a Day Care as well as a Night Shelter. There is also a Careers Project that gives direct training and subsequent employment opportunities to street children in partnership with the Business Community and other NGOs. Salaam Baalak Trust, Mumbai are also the collaborative organization with ChildLine for Thane city.
Salaam Baalak Trust was born in 1989 with a portion of the proceeds from the film Salaam Bombay! by Mira Nair. The Trust began its work with an aim to give street children choices and a chance to experience the joys of childhood.
Agnes Fernandes began as a Project Co-ordinator at Salaam Baalak Trust Mumbai after having spent almost 2 decades in the Corporate Sector with Proctor and Gamble. She moved to the position of educational Consultant so that she could work with all the projects at SBTM. She was Chowpatty Coordinator and that and other experience has put her in the perfect position to be the Programme Director.
education of street children in Mumbai and Thane district - 620
Small children (pre-schoolers) attending Balwadis in Chowpatty and our Contact Points in Sathe Nagar, Saibaba Nagar, Shanti Nagar and Kranti Nagar - 49
Children getting shelter in night shelters in Andheri, Borivali, Kalyan and Solapur - 229
Youth from Grades 8, 9, 10 & College taken for exposure visits to various organisations - 94
Rehabilitation of street children including drop outs from Solapur, through referrals to other institutions and/ or CWC or rehabilitation with their families - 6
Pardhi community children educated in schools in Solapur - 106
Youth helped for Vocational training, Job placements - 3