Making The Invisibles Visible -  Save The Underprivileged Children Of Displaced Migrant Workers
Making The Invisibles Visible -  Save The Underprivileged Children Of Displaced Migrant Workers

Highlights Of #TheInvisibles Telethon: Protect India's Children Affected By Coronavirus Outbreak Lockdown

Making The Invisibles Visible, a 21-day campaign initiated by Save the Children and NDTV aims to bring focus to the lives of over 20 lakh children living in street situations
Apr 26, 2020
21:38 (IST)
Zarin Gupta, Chairperson, Salaam Baalak Trust on issues facing the children on the street:

Having the children in the shelters is absolutely the need of the hour. To get the street children who roam around and keep them in a shelter is tough so we have a very good team, thanks to whom we are able to achieve this. Our volunteers include teachers, doctors, who are staying with us for 7-8 days and helping our children. Education is very important for these children to help their mental health as well. 
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About The Campaign

About The Campaign

Nearly 20 lakh children live on the streets of India, without an identity, a name to call their own, a place to call home, sleeping on empty stomachs for days and nights. These twenty lakh are children, who have dreams, who have rights, who are our tomorrow. They are living in the shadows today.

During these unprecedented times, not everyone can afford the privilege of social distancing. And not everybody can stay home during the lockdown, simply because they don’t have a home. Those living in poverty are extremely vulnerable, struck with a sudden lack of funds, food, mobility and a struggle for survival. And, as with all humanitarian crises, it is the children who have been affected the most.

It is always the children on the street who are subjected to some of the harshest realities of life. Today they are battling a catastrophic crisis, and it’s time we step in to protect them.

As a part of our COVID-19 response, Save the Children is working across various regions and has already directly reached over 18,000 children and adults to cover their basic needs. The organisation is ensuring their daily needs and their dignity and hygiene are also being cared for. Save the Children has identified 2.5 lakh children in cohorts, across 10 cities in India. Reaching out to these children with emergency relief is a top priority. But this cannot be done alone.

Save the Children and NDTV join hands to bring focus to the lives of children living in street situations. As India fights the Coronavirus, we must not forget one of the most marginalised and excluded groups whose lives have been long ignored – street-connected children. The 21-day campaign will generate public interest and raise funds to ensure these 20 Lakh+ children who live, earn, sleep and eat on our streets are cared for and protected. Amidst the crisis the world is facing, they are most vulnerable, exposed to infection and disease.