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To use a well worn cliche, India is a land of extremities. On one hand is the splendour of Taj Mahal and on the other hand is the extreme abject poverty.

 

Both are in your face. Many people are afraid to get confronted by this reality. It is not easy for them. But one thing is forgotten in this emotion, that they are not the people responsible for it.

Our recommendation is that instead of turning away and not witnessing this life is to engage with it as both parties can learn from each other.

City Walk 

If you are ready to engage with the street life of children, then there is a tour "City Walk" available which you can take. The tour is conducted by Salaam Baalak Trust.

 

This tour starts from New Delhi railway station, which is about 30 min ride from our home.

 

Read more about it here:

With that began his life as a runaway child. He came to the New Delhi railway station and began work as a rag picker. He would rummage through heaps of garbage looking for things to sell to a recycling shop in Paharganj. He would eat at a gurdwara and a Hanuman temple at Connaught Place and spend the nights on railway station platforms, road dividers and pavements. It was not always easy to keep his money safe as the station was in the territory of “gang leaders”, often older rag pickers who would lord over new arrivals and even sexually abuse some. “Thankfully, I never had to suffer at their hands,” he says. Six months on, he came across a Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) “contact point”, from where a social worker took him to the NGO’s main shelter in Paharganj. “Initially, I did not like the place and wanted to run away because I missed the freedom I enjoyed on the streets. But the promise of education and a better future held me back,” says Tabrez, who use only one name.

....More at Streets of dreams - Hindustan Times