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Programme to restore lost childhood.

New Delhi, June. 12 -- Have you ever thought of the lost childhood of the children who walk miles to pick up waste from the heaps of junk just to earn Rs 5 to 10 per day for their survival?

Making efforts to bring these vagrant children closer to education is an NGO AROH Foundation, which today in association with Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) launched "From Waste Heaps to School Corridors". This is an initiative for abolishing child labour, educating and protecting street children and children under exploitative situations.

The strategies and policies which could transform the lives of these children by ensuring that each of them gets mainstreamed and does not work under hazardous and exploitative conditions were discussed by the stakeholders of the programme on the occasion.

AROH Foundation President Neelam Gupta said more than 1500 children were being prepared for school enrolment under "Padho aur Badho" programme.

These children, who live in slums of East Delhi and Noida, work for more than 12 hours a day to earn a mere Rs 5-10 and are denied the Right to Education and their childhood is lost at garbage dumps, she said.

Talking to UNI, she said, ''Padho aur Badho is an GAIL-AROH initiative, which aims to restore childhood of poor children, including rag pickers, street vendors, waste pickers and beggars by providing holistic care and preparing them for admission to formal schools.''

Mr Bhaskar Chatterjee, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India, was the chief guest of the event.

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Publication:United News of India (UNI) (New Delhi, India)
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Date:Jun 12, 2010
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