12 months, 18 railway stations, 10 thousand children

Between April 2016 and March 2017, SATHI and its partner NGOs helped more than 10 thousand children from 18 railway stations across India. This the highest number of children helped in a year in the organizations 25 year history. We are thankful to the support received from the government, our NGO partners and the funding partners for this achievement. The credit also goes to the outreach staff who have done the hard work of patrolling the platforms every day on the look out for children needing care and protection.

This summary report contains a break-up of children helped in various locations and the action taken on the platform.

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A study on why children run away – Maria Jose, Azim Premji University (2016)

Reasons analysis of runaway children conducted by Ms. Maria Jose from Azim Premji University – this report presents an analysis of 67 cases of children rescued by SATHI from New Delhi station and counselled at the organization’s Dariyaganj shelter. The reasons are analysed using different pre-determined dimensions and patterns of reasons are explored.

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A study report on physical follow-up of runaway children – Mandar Nayak (2012)

This study report, by Mr. Mandar Nayak is an important document that throws light on the situation of children from different categories after they are restored back with their families. The categories include children with alcoholic parents, children who have undergone SATHI camp, girl children, children with step parents and those who come from very poor families among others. The physical home-visits of 500 children conducted goes on to show that nearly 80% of the children stay back at home after restoration and another 10% remain in contact with their families. The study also captures the changes observed in the child and the family after repatriation.

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A study of children on railway platforms and their repatriation (2006)

The study, conducted by Mr. Saboo in 2006, analyzes the profile of runaway children – age, education, family backgroud, duration on the platform, frequency of running away, etc. The study also looks at the efforts to trace their family and the reactions of the child and family after reunification. It is explored if there are any connections between economic condition and efforts put by families to trace their child; between frequency of running away and the condition of the family; duration of stay on the platform and the quality of their life; and other such aspects.

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