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|About||The Face of an Angel Foundation was established in 2008 to help realize the potential of street children in India.|
|Mission||The foundation endeavors to function as a trusted partner for organizations working with street children in India who are committed to promoting the rights, development and protection of these children. The Face of an Angel Foundation will coordinate and support these organizations in conducting research, creating practical tools and systems, sharing best practices, financial support and advocating on behalf of street children at local, national and international levels to raise awareness, global support and opportunities for them.|
The term ‘street children’ is hotly debated across the world. Some say it is negative – that it labels and stigmatises children. Others say it gives children an identity and a sense of belonging. It can include a very wide range of children who are homeless, work on the streets but sleep at home, either do or do not have family contact, work in open-air markets, live on the streets with their families, live in day or night shelters or spend a lot of time in institutions (e.g. prison). The term ‘street children’ is used because it is short and widely understood. In reality, street children defy such convenient generalizations because each child is unique.
Location selection: India
India is the seventh largest country in the world. Religious, cultural, linguistic and geographical diversity. Population: 1.027 million of which 40% are under 18 (a third of the total population are under 15). One of the fastest growing developing countries, although it ranks 115th among 162 countries in the Human Development Index. Rate of urbanisation was 28.77% in 2001. Nearly 29% of the population live in urban areas, with dramatic growth of slums and shanty towns. An average of 50% of the urban population live in conditions of extreme deprivation - compounded by lack of access to basic services and legal housing and poor urban governance. UNICEF’s estimate of 11 million street children in India in 1994 is considered to be conservative. Estimated 100,000 – 125,000 street children each in Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi, with 45,000 in Bangalore.
There are numerous organizations working on this growing concern but the need continues to outweigh the resources and support.
|Founded||Althea Saldanha, Vicki Lokken-Paverud, Allan Saldanha, Cynthia Saldanha|