The project strives to rescue children and female youth from the exploitative, abusive and other disadvantaged situations such as street and pavement dwelling, work places, children in begging, picking waste material and neglected children and provide a protective environment where a child finds a safe, dignified and child-friendly atmosphere including their rehabilitation with their families.
This is done through various programs, such as street outreach, formation of children’s groups, counselling, life skill education, educational support and sponsorship, provision of safe shelter for children in need, organizing child right awareness and advocacy programs.
The Dominican Friars work in collaboration with Dominican Sisters and Dominican Laity at two levels with a team of social workers and volunteers in Nagpur district.
Work with children who are already living on the streets with adequate and necessary support:
- Providing street based support, protection, rescue, rehabilitation and integration (with family), maintaining street presence through volunteers, awareness creation among children about the risks and dangers on the streets.
- Residential care (counselling, food, accommodation, education, life skill development, livelihood training and opportunity, and preparing them for family life). Children are referred to Yuvajyothi or other homes for children.
Work with economically and socially disadvantaged families whose children may turn to the streets :
- Sensitization visits to the families, life skill education to children in the families, child rights awareness in communities and schools, interventions at the school level in order to retain children in the schools, networking and advocacy.
- Livelihood training and opportunities for women from disadvantaged families community based centres.