Sponsor runaway children to 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 is a 16-year-old boy who had run away from home because of extreme poverty. He came to Delhi and started working at a tea stall at New Delhi railway station to survive. Soon, he lost his job and had no choice but to work as a ragpicker. He was noticed by the Police who sent him to Salaam Baalak Trust’s shelter home.

The Trust provided the child with nutritious food and clean clothes, and ensured he had a safe space. He was engaged in various activities at the shelter and enjoyed being there. Proper medical attention was provided to him as he was quite weak and undernourished. He stayed at the shelter for around three months. He was later reunited with his family in Bihar. SBT also reached out to the court to complain about the tea stall owner for employing Jagdish who was a minor. The tea stall owner was fined Rs. 90,000 for child labour, which was deposited in Jagdish’s account

SBT is saving many such children from child labour and a harsh life on the 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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Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) was founded in 1988 after the success of the film Salaam Bombay. SBT works tirelessly to help and support children who are in extremely vulnerable situations on the streets. These children usually spend their lives at railway stations, bus stands, congested tourist and business areas or in the slums of Delhi.

Shavneet (name changed) used to live with his paternal grandmother in Ludhiana. His brother used to work and live separately with his own family. He was very good in studies and was studying in 10th class but somehow got into substance abuse and later developed some psychological issues. He was rescued by ODRS CHILDLINE and sent to SBT’s children home (DMRC CHB) by the concerned child welfare committee. When the child came to DMRC CHB he was disoriented, had Vitamin D deficiency and it was observed that he had burn marks all over his body. He had few episodes of epileptic seizures too. 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, medical support and special nutrition. He was also admitted in IHBAS hospital for his medical and psychiatric treatment.

He was restored back to his family after he recovered both psychologically and physically. His parents were happy to be reunited with their child.

SBT takes immense efforts 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 child is restored back to the family after a thorough verification. 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.

**Few statistics we would like to convey:**

No. of children who are aided through the various programmes of SBT - 8401

No. of children who are reunited with their families every year – 2701

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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 the street and working children and other children on the margins of society. It seeks to dissolve the barriers that rob these 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 parents’ struggle for survival created a large population of children, living and working on the streets of India. All across the country, the 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.”

Having spent 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 were naive 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) which not only kept them warm but also kept the clothes from being stolen! That’s when we realised that these 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 32 years ago, we have now grown to over 250 staff, providing support services for approximately 10000 children a year in Delhi and the NCR region through our 7 shelter homes and 10 contact points.

Over the years, Salaam Baalak Trust has successfully worked with over 1 lakh children; out of which significant numbers have been restored to their families. Every year almost 10-11 children across SBT pursue higher education. We have children who grew up to become lawyers, fashion designers, photographers, puppeteers and engineers. This year, three of our children have got more than 80 percent in their 12th board exams.

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Founded in 1991
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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
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

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Verification Report 1

Program Updates

Program Updates

1 October, 2021

Sponsor runaway children reunite with their families



During the reporting period, 73 children were restored to their families. These children were from remote areas of U.P., Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Delhi. All the children were between the age group of 8 to 16yrs. Some of the children came to SBT through the rescue done by Childline 1098 and the rest came through police officials and CWC (Child Welfare Committee). All the children were kept at our residential homes until they were restored to their families. These children were provided with medical aid, food, clothes and most importantly a safe space. Need-based mental health support was also provided to them. Most children were natives of Bihar and U.P. In a research study conducted by SBT, it was found that the highest number of runaway children are from Bihar and then from U.P.73 children were impacted through the support. Children were restored to their families. These children were linked with social protection schemes such as Aadhar cards, bank accounts were opened, school enrolment in their native places etc. The special needs children were transferred to the special homes.

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From last one year due to the pandemic, the restoration of the children was very less in comparison to last year. Due to the lockdown and the resultant lockdown, public transport was not available which impacted the restoration. Some of the children who were in the shelter home were quite upset as they wanted to meet their families.No such hurdle except less restoration due to the pandemicTo restore more children to their families and make sure they have their social protection schemes with them

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Stories from the ground:10 years old child, Neha (name changed) was diagnosed as an individual with an autism spectrum disorder. She was found alone by the police in Gurgaon. They then brought her to one of the girl’s children's homes of SBT; Aarushi Home, Gurgaon. Initially, Neha was non-communicative and participated in minimal interaction with others; she was slow to respond to verbal instructions; not being able to convey her needs properly several times led to emotional outbursts. She did not like to play with other kids at home. Among all the difficulties, our main concern was her toilet training as she was not toilet-trained and used to smear faces on the wall of the washroom. After a few therapy sessions, immense improvement was observed in her. She also learned to do things independently. Several efforts were made to trace the home of the child but to no avail. The girl was unable to share her address. One fine day, a police officer from Vasant Kunj police station, Delhi, came to Aarushi home in search of a girl with a photo in his hand. When he showed the photo to one of our staff, she immediately recognized the child as Neha. The police officer was delighted to know the news that the girl he had been searching for for the past couple of months had been found. He was looking for the child in Delhi and Gurgaon for a few months. When Neha met her brother and sister-in-law, she was extremely happy. Their bond and joy explained how much a family is important for a child and especially for a child with special needs. Neha was then happily reunited with her family.

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5 August, 2020

Restoration Documents of child Shavneet



Restoration Documents of child Shavneet

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.