Holistic development for platform children of TATA Nagar

A large number of children live on the platforms of TATA Nagar Railway Station in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. A significant number of them are from neighboring states of Odisha, Bihar and West Bengal. They are either run-away from home or orphans with nobody to care for them and fall prey to ill-habits like gambling, alcoholism, smoking, taking drugs etc. A survey was conducted by Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) on the condition of these children, which brought to light that these children aged between 8-17 years were involved in activities like begging, collecting scrap, working as porters, cleaning, etc, which hindered their development.

About the project

YMCA started the Madhur Muskan Centre in partnership with Smile Foundation for 30 children living on the railway platform till recently. The centre provides holistic rehabilitation through remedial education, healthcare and nutritional support with the aim of mainstreaming them into formal education set up within a period of five years. A teacher has been appointed and teaching-learning materials provided to impart basic education for the children. Vocational education will also be provided to older students to equip them to lead a life with dignity.

About the partner

YMCA was established in the year 1979 and is affiliated to the National Council of YMCAs of India. The association aims to unite men, women, youth and children as co-workers to promote mutual caring and love. The organisation was set up with a vision to cater to all the sections of society while focusing on holistic development of the youth. The objective of the association is to empower the oppressed and marginalised sections of the society. In its three decade existence, YMCA, Jamshedpur has pioneered programmes serving a cross-section of citizens of Jamshedpur and its surrounding areas.

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