“All of us at one point or another have faced challenges and difficulties, but I am grateful to my mentors at BOSCO, who instilled in me motivation and changed my behaviour,” says Dinesh from Bengaluru.
Orphaned at the tender age of three, Dinesh was adopted by a family. However, as time went on, the ill treatment at home made him feel like an outsider and the young Dinesh ran away from his house and came to Bengaluru. A life away from anyone he knew, or any support system, meant that he had to fend for himself. He began living on the roads and doing odd-jobs, however as luck would have it, he was rescued by the workers at BOSCO. He stayed in their shelter home for more than 12 years, where he earned an education and was given love, respect and care. He now has a degree in Hotel Management from Christ College, and specialises in Kitchen and Bakery.
Dinesh was lucky but there are still many youth and children across the country that live in abject poverty. Our NGO partner BOSCO rescues 8-12 kids everyday from train and bus stations, who leave their house sometimes out of pain, agony, in search for a better life, and sometimes to explore.
“Every day we come across at least 10-12 kids in the age group of 6-12 who end up in the train & bus stations in Bengaluru, clueless about what do.” says Nirmala, Fundraising Manager, BOSCO
BOSCO follows a two-fold strategy to address the needs of vulnerable youth and children who come from serious socio-economic crisis and acute poverty. On one hand, BOSCO team identifies children from the rescued population who are either united with their parents, and given counselling for a year. Or they would be admitted in skill training centres, given food, nutrition and shelter. To support this programme, BOSCO works very closely with the Child Welfare Centre and local Police Station in Bengaluru.
BOSCO also identifies and motivates children and youth who are pushed into begging due to acute poverty to enrol in courses for livelihood and developing soft skills. Most of these are migrant children settled in the slums of KR Market and Shivajinagar to earn livelihood. Their parents work as daily wage earners, waste segregation, construction /domestic work cart driving, rag picking, vegetable and fruit vending etc. These unskilled jobs provide little or no support to the families, pushing them towards extreme poverty. Many parents in turn force these children to beg on the streets.
“Majority of the children rescued from either the streets or from stations come from dysfunctional families, and exhibit extreme behaviour patterns. Their painful experiences in their formative years make them quick to temper, sadness, hate etc. They struggle to follow a routine, have poor concentration and therefore barely want to study,” says Nirmala, Fundraising Manager.
To address these issues, BOSCO does recurring interventions with a minimum of six months’ period of time to address their psycho-social needs, to root out the negative trauma. This combined with vocational training with non-formal education seems helps them to learn practical applications, bringing them closer to an attainable life, and better livelihood.
Currently, BOSCO runs 9 such child development centres with 450 kids. Through this project, BOSCO will provide soft skills, and vocational training, to 80 kids. This includes trades in Bakery, Electrical Goods, and Computer. The kids are also taught about self-resilience, leadership qualities, and motivated to take up new challenges. BOSCO which also has a placement cell, will look after the employability of these kids, after the completion of the course.
Your contribution will allow BOSCO to rescue many kids like Dinesh, they will be made self-reliant but also lift them out of poverty
|Sl.No||Particulars||Cost per beneficiary/ month (INR)||Cost per benificiary for 9 months (INR)||Total cost (INR)|
|1||Cost for electrical training for 25 kids||850||7650||191250|
|2||Cost for bakery training for 25 kids||850||7650||191250|
|3||Cost for Computer training for 30 kids||820||7380||221400|
Rs 840 per month can make a child self reliant and stay out of povety.
BOSCO is a Non Governmental Organisation working with the Young At Risk in the city of Bangalore since 1980. Their paramount concern is the growing phenomenon of street and working children in all major cities in India. The alarming pace of urbanization and the proportionately weakening fabric of our social structure and policies are forcing a large number of such children into cities ev...read more