Street Children in India
India has made great strides in reducing poverty over the last years, but millions of Indian children still lack adequate care and protection. Without shelter, education or family support, they struggle to survive on the fringes of India's economic explosion. Many street children choose to run away from a broken home or beatings at school. Some are orphaned, while others live on the streets together with their families. Some are lured by the hope of better opportunities in the city. Some are trafficked; some simply get lost. Whatever their reason for being on the streets, they are all highly vulnerable. Many enjoy the life of freedom and living for the present. But the harsher reality is that they are likely to face the effects of gangs, knife crime, drugs or illness.