Children as young as 4 years old abuse substances such as white fluids, cannabis and tobacco as a way of escaping from the physical and mental abuse they are subjected to on a daily basis. Our research showed that almost 80 per cent of Street and Working Children in the capital are involved in substance abuse.
As a response to this shocking state of affairs we run two substance abuse rehabilitation centres in Nizamuddin and Mathura. Here we educate the children on the dangers of substance abuse and engage them in recreational activities such as art and crafts, dance and sport etc. to distract them from their addictions. As well as this we provide counselling and encourage a peer to peer support system where the children support each other in tackling their addictions.
In April 2016 we opened a new center Sapno Ka Aangan to ensure well being of street connected children at young age. This is a preventive approach to let children not get into wrong hands and get mainstreamed through formal education. The center is equipped with modern facilities and provide good opportunity for volunteering. This is run with support of Soni Foundation through iPartner India.
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