• A great introductory video about the work of the Salaam Baalak Trust. Made by - and featuring - some SBT beneficiaries

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Salaam Baalak Trust

  • 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.

  • Salaam Baalak Trust

    Salaam Baalak Trust, an Indian NGO, was set up in 1988 after the success of Mira Nair's film Salaam Bombay.   It started with a contact point at New Delhi station with 3 members of staff and about 20 children.  More than 25 years on, social workers at the same contact point meet about 1,000 new children a year within hours or days of their arriving at the station.  SBT has grown steadily in response to overhwelming need and now has 6 shelter homes (4 for boys and 2 for girls) and a mobile school that visits slum areas.  In runs programmes in education, healthcare, mental health, sports and the arts.  From an initial focus on runaway children, they now also work with street-living families, and in total, their staff reach out to about 6,000 children a year.  

  • Friends of SBT

    Friends of Salaam Baalak Trust (UK) was set up in 2009 as a UK registered charity by a small group of people in London who had been inspired by the work of Salaam Baalak Trust in Delhi.  Our aims are to raise funds for street children and awareness of the issues they face.  As a small organisation with almost no overheads, virtually every penny we raise goes directly to street and working children.  Most of it is routed through SBT itself, and its use overseen by us.  Sometimes we fund directly an individual child's needs or the requirements of a particular centre.

The statistics

  • 40% of under 5s are malnourished

  • 50% of children do not attend school regularly

  • Child labour figure estimated at 60 million

  • Two thirds of children are victims of physical abuse