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Dil Se - A Campaign for Children Who Live and Work on the Streets

The Dil Se Campaign was launched in June 2005, with the objective of developing a scaleable intervention model that upholds the dignity and inclusive rights of the urban poor, specifically for children who live and work on the streets.  Dil Se is not about short-term solutions; it is about building capacity in all sectors of society to help ensure that the most vulnerable urban street children have nutritious food, protection, health care, and proper education.  Led by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Delhi, Government of Delhi, the Dil Se Campaign is a joint endeavor with the Center for Equity Studies (CES) and Aman Biradari.

The state is primarily responsible for our most vulnerable citizens; therefore, Aman Biradari has tried to avoid funding-dependent projects. In partnership with the Delhi Government and the community at large, this Campaign strives to create a community that is sensitive and responsive to the needs of children who live on the streets. Policy level advocacy and coordination with concerned government departments (such as Health, Education, and Welfare) will be a priority. The Dil Se Campaign has the potential of establishing a sustainable model of care and affection – transforming the lives of our city’s most vulnerable children and bringing these children into the care of their local community.

Ratul Das is one of thousands of street children in India; he lives in New Delhi Railway Station. Click here to learn Ratul’s story and the experiences and hardships street children face.


The following is a summary of the various components of the Dil Se Campaign.

Phase I Aman Sathis Identify Street Children
(establish relationships, document demographic details, motivate them
to see rehabilitation)
Reintegration Camp for Children
(drug de-addiction, life-skills)
Phase II

Hostels: Rehabilitation and Education
(shelter, safe and caring environment, 3 nutritious meals, and education)

  • Educational bridge course
  • Life skills training
  • Recreation activities
  • Counselling, medical services etc.
 
Phase III Mainstream Education
(partnerships with local schools near
the hostels are being established)
Professional Training / Employment
(primarily for older youth)
Phase IV * Reunion with Family / Relatives
(children will return to their homes or move in with relatives)
Foster Care / Adoption Placement
(primarily for children whose parents have died or abandoned them)
  Independent Living
(youth are economically independent and
capable of living independently
 
  (*) = Second phase of the campaign

 

Resources Committed by the Government

  • Under-utilized / abandon buildings serve as hostels
  • Rs. 6,800 per child (per annum), allocated for education
  • Admission into government schools

Community Partnerships

  • Voluntarily provide professional services -- legal, medical, educational
  • Documentation of street children
  • Mobilizing resources needed for the hostel
  • Develop a rapport with these children, becoming their allies and advocates

 

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