‘Over 2,100 runaway children rescued in six years’

Community Health Education Society (CHES), Railway Children India and the Department of Social Defence released the impact report of Vidiyalai Thedi project on Saturday. The project was initiated by CHES, an NGO, six years ago. “So far, we have rescued over 2,100 runaway children in the city and reunited almost everyone with their families,” said R. Manorama, founder of the organisation. While a majority of the children were taken home by their parents, the rest were reunited following various modalities. “In the initial phase, it was difficult to track down families, but slowly it became easier due to satellite tracking. Now it hardly takes a week to reunite them,” she said.

Major reason

The most prominent reasons for children to runaway from their homes, as Ms. Manorama explains, is poverty, dysfunctional families and peer pressure. “A majority of them are victims of neglect and they want to escape the troubled conditions in their family, but it is our duty to ensure that they do not get trapped in wrong hands,” she said.

Apart from counselling children, the organisation also interacts with their parents on a regular basis and has followed up on the children post reintegration to ensure that they are all in schools and get an education.

Awareness

“The aim is to spread awareness about this issue and have more cooperation from all departments and organisations to save a child from falling into wrong hands. We hope this initiative doesn’t stop here,” said Ms. Manorama.

Apart from counselling children, the organisation also interacts with their parents on a regular basis

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