I'm concerned about my aching, empty stomachI'm not well - I have a disease I can't spell and no medicine to treat itI have nothing to look forward to...Except an early, lonely death from a disease my underfed body could not resist.They call me beggar, thief, worse...They look at me with hate in their eyes, then chase me away ± what have I done?!You see my picture in your newspaper and on your TV screen, but you turn awayYou don't see
in your world ±
world.I am also aboard spaceship earth, but you are a rich passenger and I am a poor oneYou
understand my world: ask questions, find answers, find ME!Will you try? It might help you make sense of your own world.What's my name?
name is Street Child of India.
FRISHTA, a NGO working for the betterment of the street children has this poem on their website, why?
Street children are those for whom the street, more than their family, has become their realhome.Street children or orphans can be divided into three main categories:
Children on the Street:
he largest category, these children have homes and mostreturn to their families at the end of the day. Most earn a living for themselves andtheir families by begging or working.
Children of the Street:
Children who have chosen the street as their home and aplace to seek shelter, livelihood, and companionship.
hey are in contact with their family occasionally.
hese children have severed all ties with their families and areentirely on their own.
Nobody knows for sure. Estimates differ widely ± anywhere from 30 to 170 million.
treet children: a vicious cycle of violence & poverty
KARACHI: The links between poverty, child abuse and child labour take on renewedsignificance given that there are an estimated 70,000 children on the streets in Pakistan. Datacomplied by the Azad Foundation indicates that there are 12,000 homeless children between the