At Snehalaya and Rilang orphans get a new family
Snehalaya – ‘House of Love’: This is the name Father Lukose gave to the five homes he started for orphans and other neglected children from the streets in 2000. There the member of the Salesian Order provides the orphans with personal care and a family-like home. Now, more than 200 children grow up in a loving child-friendly environment, get regular and healthy meals and are encouraged to attend school regularly.
In Shillong, the second major city of Northeast India, we are supporting another children’s home with currently 39 boys getting shelter and being prepared for a good future.
Snehalaya social workers have reunited more than 1000 street children with their parents or close relatives in their families.
Preparing residents of the orphanages for independent life
We accompany the residents of the orphanages until they can stand on their own feet and independently master the challenges of life. The orphans receive support for their studies, they can pursue vocational training and get help with placement. Snehalaya’s program also includes therapies for traumatized children as well as special care for those with mental or physical disabilities. Our goal is to heal the wounds street life has inflicted on them and help them start a new life in line with their capabilities.
Studies show that 20-25 % of street children in Guwahati use drugs, such as dendrite vapour (adhesive) for inhalation.
Drug rehabilitation camps for Guwahati’s street children
For years Snehalaya has offered street children a night shelter. Many of the children that turn up are addicted to drugs. They do not give up this bad habit while they are in the city. Therefore, in 2014 we have started to take these children to drug rehabilitation camps outside the city. The change of environment and the green rural areas help them to overcome their addictions. They can play, they practice sports and express themselves through dance and arts. Professional therapists offer them psychological counselling.
Special support for street children with disabilities
Locations of projects for street children in Guwahati, Bongaigaon and Shillong (Northeast India)
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FACTS AND FIGURES
2017 Childaid Network supported:
6 Children’s homes
239 orphans and street children,
10 children with disabilities.
39 former residents
supported in the transition to self-sufficiency.
(Video documentes the story of Kajumudin from children’s hom Dhirenpara, October 2017)
(Video documents the story of Dolly from children’s home Belthola, 2015)