And that’s just the beginning. We won’t stop until no child ever has to live on the streets and we can only do this with your help.
Our aim is to make your donations work as hard as possible which is why we try and keep costs down, work efficiently and make each pound go as far as possible.
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We’re so proud of the difference we’ve been able to make to thousands of children in India, East Africa and the UK and you should be too.
Children like Khusi. She was 12 when she lost both her parents and her happy childhood was destroyed forever. She had to give up school and her dreams of being a teacher to care for her brothers but was then forced into an abusive marriage at the age of 13. When she couldn’t take anymore Khusi ran away with just 60 rupees in her pocket.
That’s when we found her. She was sitting on Platform two at Darbhanga Station when our outreach team saw her - crying and terrified. It took time, but we managed to make her feel safe, gain her trust and reunite her with her loving grandmother.
Like we did for Raju. At the age of 14 he left home looking for work to help support the family. He was persuaded to travel over 1,000 miles south to Tamil Nadu, where he was promised better wages. But after making the journey without telling his parents he was then forced to work in a chicken factory in inhumane conditions. He was beaten, not properly fed, and not given anywhere to sleep – having to lie on the filthy floor with the chickens instead. Eventually he managed to escape but didn’t know where to go or who to turn to.
But Raju was lucky. We found him at Salem station and got to him before traffickers and abusers did. We managed to reunite him with his family who had been desperately searching for him and settle him back at home.
Samson was one of them. He was just three years old when his mother abandoned him and his father. As he grew up Samson found life difficult at home and often fell out with his dad, who had remarried. By the time he reached 13, Samson decided he would be better off fighting for survival on the dangerous streets of Mwanza. He had no choice but to beg and older boys often beat him up and stole from him but he was too scared to go back home.
When out rescue workers found him it took a long time to reassure him and after extensive family work we have been able to take him back home. Working with the family we have helped them all find ways to communicate and build a stronger, safer life together.