Salaam Baalak Trust
managed by N. Thompson
In 1988, we at Salaam Baalak Trust began to discover the world of street and working children in and around New Delhi Railway Station - the harsh, raw underbelly of the city. And yet it was a life they had chosen, in preference to a home and family that had become entirely intolerable. There was so much missing from their lives - food, security, health, love, education. And a place to play and to dream.
All children must dream, of better days, of happier times. It is this chance that we aim to provide. It now operates 14 centres - contact points for children who live on the street; full time shelter homes for those who are being rehabilitated, plus an emergency helpline and mobile schools in slum areas..
Sometimes, we can make dreams come true. Simple dreams - of warmth on a winter's night; of freshly cooked food; someone to dress a wound. And less simple ones - an education, a job; above all a future to call your own.
DDA Community Centre, Chandiwali Gali, Paharganj
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