Sponsor runaway children reunite with their families by Salaam Baalak Trust - Delhi

Sponsor runaway children reunite with their families


Your donation can save a child from the life on the street

Jagdish, now 13-year-old, ran away from home because of extreme poverty. He came to Delhi and started working at a tea stall at New Delhi railway station. He then started working as a rag picker at the station only. There he was caught by the police and sent to Salaam Baalak Trust's shelter home.

The Trust provided the child with clean clothes and proper nutrition. He was also motivated to continue his studies. His medical check-up was also done to access his health condition. He stayed for around three months in the shelter home before getting reunited with his family. SBT also reached out to the court to complain about the tea stall owner for employing a minor like Jagdish. He was fined Rs.90,000 for child labor, which is deposited in Jagdish's account which he is allowed to withdraw once he is 18.

SBT is saving children from child labour and a harsh life on streets. Your donation can help them continue their effort of saving the childhood of the poor children. You can donate with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED.


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Salam Balak Trust (SBT) was founded in 1988 after the success of the film Salaam Bombay. SBT helps and protects children who run away from their homes due to poverty and other reasons at a tender age. These children usually spend their lives at railway stations, bus stands, congested tourist and business areas or in slums of Delhi.

SBT protects these children regardless of their caste, colour, creed or religion. SBT makes an effort to reunite these children with their families. At first SBT contacts the family of the child through a phone call or a personal visit. The family is then asked to bring some documents to prove that the child belongs to them. If the family is unable to travel to Delhi, then the staff accompanies the child back home. Every year, several runaway children are reunited with their families.


No. of children who are aided through the various programmes of SBT - 5000

No. of children who are reunited with their families every year - 1000

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About The NGO

Salaam Baalak Trust - Delhi
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Salaam Baalak Trust - Delhi

SBT aims to provide a sensitive and caring environment to street & working children and other children on the margins of society. It seeks to dissolve the barriers that rob children of the opportunity to realize their rights.

In the 1980s, the making of Mira Nair's 'Salaam Bombay' (award winning film) revealed the dark underbelly of Mumbai's streets, where several childhoods were at stake. A combination of socio-economic exigencies, political circumstances and parent's struggle for survival created a large population of children, living and working on the streets of India. As all across the country street children, an invisible section of the society, continued an invisible struggle on the streets of Delhi too. In the day time, children grapple with the challenges of street life.

When night falls, they curl up in crevices - at the end of the platform, under a staircase, in the subway - where the possibility of security exists. Ms Praveen Nair, Chairperson and Trustee at Salaam Baalak Trust testifies: It took us quite a while to break the ice with the boys. Sanjoy (Roy) and myself would scout the railway platforms every day, chat with the boys...however they had been cheated time and again, and we weren't the first to propose help. So they would laugh off our intentions but we never gave up.Finally when we answered their urgent call for help to care for a terribly sick boy, a friend of theirs, began the never-ending bond."

Spending quality time with these children, the founding members of the Trust realised that while most of these children were forced into these circumstances, many of them had chosen this life; what set them apart, was their chutzpah, their spirit. Ms Nair adds: "We started with the idea of donating blankets to the children in the bitter winter cold. We started at the very place where GRP centre now stands. However, we proved naAve about their actual needs. The children told us that sleeping under a blanket invited sexual attentions from older children. They stuffed newspapers and wore layers of clothing (all the clothes they possessed, actually) this not only kept them warm but also kept the clothes from being stolen! That's when we realised children needed a roof over their heads and safe spaces."

From three staff and 25 children on a balcony of the Ground Reserve Police at the New Delhi Railway station more than 29 years ago, we have now grown to over 200 staff, providing support services for over 9,000 children a year in Delhi & the NCR region through our 22 centers. Over the years, Salaam Baalak Trust has successfully worked with over 81,000 children; significant numbers have been restored to their families.

They have 2 children who have completed their engineering and one boy who is currently pursuing engineering, 3 who have completed their Masters in Arts programme, 9 who have won scholarships for advanced programmes to American Universities, 43 children in various graduation programmes sponsored by an Australian University, and many more who are pursuing their academic career in schools and colleges across India.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Parvati C. Patni

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Street Child | children

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Salaam Baalak Trust - Delhi has

provides shelter home and day care to 600 poor children

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2014: India School Rankings for Telangana

2013: Samajik Puraskar Award

2017: Americares Spirit of Humanity Award for Excellence in Child Healthcare

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Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 August, 2020

Restoration Documents of child Shavneet


Restoration Documents of child Shavneet

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SBT helps and protects children who run away from their homes due to poverty and other reasons at a tender age. These children usually spend their lives at railway stations, bus stands, congested tourist and business areas or in slums of Delhi. Child Shavneet used to live with his paternal grandmother in Ludhiana. His brother used to work and live separately with his own family. Child was very good in studies and was studying in 10th class but later involved in substance abuse and developed some psychological issues. It is unclear how he reached Delhi. He was rescued by ODRS CHILDLINE and sent to DMRC CHB by the concerned CWC’s orders for his care and protection. When the child came to DMRC CHB he was disoriented, had Vitamin D deficiency, he had gone through physical abuse in the past as he had burn marks over his body and he was having Epileptic seizure. He was so weak that he was not even able to perform daily activities such as eating, bathing and walking etc. At DMRC CHB he was provided regular counselling and medical support. He was also admitted in IHBAS hospital for his medical and psychiatric treatment. Gradually he recovered his health and emotional stability. He became active and started participating in the recreational activities. Later he was restored back to his family.

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