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Dreams on Wheels Nizamuddin

A situational review conducted by Plan during May in 2005 of children living and working on eight railway stations from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Bhopal yielded some important insights on the conditions and struggles of children living on stations and railway platforms. The study found that these children survived in very vulnerable situations that included begging, rag picking, selling refilled water bottles, shoe shining, sweeping, vending or performing on the trains. There was no secure place for children to keep their money or other belongings. Though a large number of these children were addicted to drugs they wanted to break out of the addiction and needed support for this.

The opinion of people and authorities on these children was extremely negative. There was very limited knowledge and awareness of Juvenile Justice System and the Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) had not been established in many districts.

Plan's Intervention

Dreams on Wheels is being implemented in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh (Agra, Jhansi and Mathura). The project works on direct action with children, sensitising the stakeholders and advocating for child friendly policies.

Key Achievements

  • A major success of the project has been to put in place a mechanism that is quite effective in ensuring quick identification of any new child on a station and therefore increasing chances of his or her rehabilitation before he or she becomes used to life on the platform.
  • The project team has managed to create meaningful relationships with stakeholders at most contact points. This effective stakeholder management assists in sensitisation of stakeholder initiatives and benefits the children targeted through this project ultimately.
  • Number of children repatriated into families or system - 5,467
  • Number of children rehabilitated from substance abuse - 813
  • Number of children mainstreamed into formal education - 1,136
  • Five homes have been provided necessary supports to ensure child protection.
  • 290 CWC members from 70 districts have been oriented and trained to ensure implementation of Juvenile Justice Act.
  • Highlights: 300,00 school children benefited from sports for development, Building as Learning Aid (BALA), improved school WASH, digital learning, science labs and library in schools initiatives
  • Highlights: 60,000 people benefited from 75 anaemia screening and prevention camps in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Rajasthan
  • Highlights: 40,000 school going children, particularly adolescent girls, now have access to improved WASH facilities
  • Highlights: 28,000 community members trained on various aspects of child protection
  • Highlights: 30,000 people reached out to with disaster relief during floods in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai
  • Highlights: 34,000 women members of SHGs and joint liability groups have been trained for entrepreneurial and business skills, financial literacy and financial inclusion

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