In the 1980s, the making of Mira Nair's award winning, 'Salaam Bombay', revealed the dark underbelly of Mumbai's streets, where several childhoods were at stake. A combination of socio-economic exigencies, political circumstances and parent's struggle for survival created a large population of children at risk, living and working on the streets of India.
Salaam Baalak Trust is a Not for Profit, Non-Governmental Organisation, based in Delhi - India and registered under the Indian Trust Act (1908). The Trust was established in December, 1988 and provides support services for street and working children in the National Capital Region.
32 years ago, we discovered the world of street children within the harsh, raw, underbelly of Delhi. And yet, it was a life these children had chosen in preference to home and family - which had obviously become entirely intolerable. There is so much missing from the lives of these children - food, security, health, education and love. All these, we urged ourselves, they needed and had a right to - a secure space to sleep, to play, and to dream.
Salaam Baalak Trust translates literally to a Trust which 'salutes a child'. Saluting the indomitable spirit of street children without distinction, of gender, religion, caste, colour or nationality, lies at the heart of our work. Girls and boys, under the age of 18 years, living and working on streets are welcomed at our centres. We 'salute' their resolve to live a life of dignity and by providing them with care, love, along with health, nutrition, education and vocational training facilities to fulfil their dreams.