Our Facilities
 
Day Care center for street children

We have day care centers near the main railway stations viz. CST and Dadar in Mumbai where runaway children gather during the day.  During outreach / interaction with children on the streets, the staff try and motivate the children to change their lifestyles by undergoing a rehabilitation programme. Street meetings are very important to reach out to the target group and create awareness of their high-risk lifestyle which exposes them to HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. They are provided facilities for personal hygiene, medical check up and recreation. They are encouraged by the staff of SUPPORT, to move to the residential rehabilitation center, where they can give up the drug habit, get an education or vocational training and change their depraved lifestyle into a more meaningful and respectable life.  Around 50 children visit our day care centers daily.
 
Residential Detoxification centre

This is a residential set up for upto 10 children with a trained team of doctor, nurse and other project staff.  The children undergo a 15 days to a maximum of one-month detoxification programme. Medical, counseling and recreation facilities are provided to them by the staff and peer educators (role models). Group sessions are undertaken to share their experiences and are essential for embarking on a journey of behavioural change. Group sessions and sharing can be very therapeutic after years of abuse and hardship endured alone on the streets. After detoxification, the children are referred to our rehabilitation centers to groom them for joining the mainstream of society or sent back to other NGOs who referred them to us for detoxification
 
Residential Rehabilitation center for boys

During the outreach / interaction with children on the street, SUPPORT’s staff motivates the children to change their lifestyle by undergoing a rehabilitation programme. The drugs that they commonly take are alcohol, brown sugar, gutka / tobacco, glue / solvents, marijuana and heroin.  After detoxification (completing drug treatment), they are involved in coaching classes, personality development activities, recreational activities etc. After that they are either sent to school, vocational training, job placement / work as Peer Educators (to work as role model with the same target group) or sent to their homes. Currently, around 55 children are availing this residential facility.
 
Residential Rehabilitation center for girls
The girls have to be kept separate from the boys. The girls run away from their homes for many reasons. One of the main reasons is addiction in the family, step parents, lack of interest in studies and also peer pressure. This center is for street girls who are drug users and usually engaged in sex work to support themselves. Some of the girls are HIV positive. After medical treatment / de-addiction, the younger girls are sent to school and others are encouraged to take up skills like cooking, tailoring, nursing. Currently, 30 girls are at this center.
 
Vocational Training center

Economic rehabilitation is an important part of the programme. This is necessary for the boys who are not in the school going age.  Economic self-reliance is the foundation for lasting behavioural change. Unless the boys are taken off the streets and provided an alternate lifestyle, it is not possible to come out of the risk behaviour. As most of them are runaways at a very young age, they have neither education nor other skills. The skills that they have developed on the street were for survival in that situation. To get them into the main stream of society, which is a main objective, there is need for vocational training where they can earn their own livelihood. Vocational training programme was initiated with screen-printing, which was very successful.  Thereafter, carpentry, welding and masonry programmes have been implemented. The response has been quite good, with many boys earning a stipend for contract work and / or taking up full time jobs.  Upto 60 boys undergo vocational training at the training center annually.


With new children added every year, almost 200 children avail our rehabilitation facilities annually.
 
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