How we work

Friends of SBT is a UK registered charity. We support street children in India:

  • primarily through supporting the work of raising funds for Salaam Baalak Trust itself in Delhi (SBT) and its beneficiaries
  • raising awareness of street children’s issues in the UK
  • making it easier for those in the UK to support, volunteer at, raise funds for or remain connected with SBT.

SBT is a leading Indian NGO with 30 years' experience and the scale of operations to make a real difference to thousands of children's lives every year.

 

By operating entirely using volunteers in the UK, we can ensure that donors' generosity is not wasted on administration, salaries or other overheads in the UK.

 

How and what we support

Under UK charity law, the Trustees of Friends of SBT have an obligation to use our discretion in deciding which areas our money will support.   We listen to the advice of SBT staff and Trustees in Delhi as to what is most needed at any stage; we draw our own judgments from our visits to Delhi, and we follow the progress of the programmes our funds have supported.

 

What we have supported in the past

  • Where appropriate, routine running costs.  This applies particularly where other donors are unwilling for their funds to be used in this way.  Donations for capital expenditure or new project funding can have an important role to play, but none of SBT’s programmes can be delivered without significant expense on unglamorous essentials such as monthly salaries, food and transport.
  • Mental Health Programme.  It may seem self-evident that children who have found themselves alone on the streets after running away, being trafficked, or losing their parents will have some kind of trauma and need care for the mind as well as the body.  But SBT was the first organisation to recognise this by implementing an integral mental health programme, and it continues to lead the way in this area.
  • Contact points.  We have been keen to support contact points on the grounds that they have a big impact on a large number of children for very low overheads.  The urgent interventions made by staff at places throughout Delhi to children in the most immediate need are life-enhancing and sometimes life-saving.