Toybox expands its work with street children into India
In its first work outside of Latin America, Toybox, the UK based charity for street children, has launched its first project in India. Toybox is partnering with local agency, CHETNA, to help children in West Dehli to complete their formal education which will drastically improve their chances of building a life away from the streets.
The project will work alongside school authorities who are not currently willing to admit street children and to improve the perception of these young people in teachers, other students and the school authorities. The project will also help the children’s families to see and understand the value of education for their children. The project’s long term goal is to work with all these groups to create a supportive environment that will encourage more children to complete their formal education and to support them throughout this process. Many children spend a lot of time on the streets working to support their families and extra support will be given to children who show signs of wanting or needing to drop out of school.
Lynne Morris, Toybox CEO, said: “We’re delighted to be able to expand our work with street children into India. We’re incredibly proud of our work in Latin America and are so pleased to be able to extend this work into other countries where street children need our help. Toybox knows that education provides a way for street children to reach their utmost potential and that this new project, which is building on already great work being done by CHETNA, will be pivotal to seeing this potential realised for so many more children. This project is going to take long term commitment and the challenging of behaviours and beliefs in many sections of the community.”
Ian Gray, International Programmes Director at Toybox, added: “We’ve been planning this project for a long time. We took a systematic approach of analysing the issues surrounding street children in many countries using child protection mapping so we could understand where we could add the most value. Our commitment to supporting street children globally continues and we’re looking forward to extending our work further into Kenya later this year.”
For more information about Toybox’s work with street children in India, visit https://www.toybox.org.uk/ or call our media manager, Fiona Furman, on 01908 360081.
Toybox wants to see a world with no street children and won't stop until it does. We work in very challenging contexts where street children are subject to extreme poverty including no food, shelter and clothes alongside suffering with abuse, abject violence and neglect. We are focused on supporting these children on a daily basis