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On the Streets: An Overview

Street Urchin:

According to police statistics, 44,000 children disappear in India each year. Many are eventually recovered, but one fourth remains untraceable, police say. The true number of abducted children is believed to be much higher, with some estimates putting it at up to one million a year. These children belong to all economic sections of the society. Many of the stolen children are working as cheap forced labour in illegal factories, establishments, homes, exploited as sex slaves or forced into the child porn industry, as camel jockeys in the Gulf countries, as child beggars in begging rackets, as victims of illegal adoptions or forced marriages, sometimes even being maimed to attract sympathy (there are even doctors who help the mafia by amputating the limbs of healthy people) or perhaps, worse than any of these, as victims of organ trade and even monstrous cannibalism. Furthermore, in order to make sure that the children don’t run away, they are drugged and are made addicted to the street life.

Most street children and rag pickers suffer from diseases like scabies; infestation of lice; chronic dysentery; worms; TB; epilepsy, lung, ear, dental, nose and throat infections; chronic cuts; unhealed abrasions and some, sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS.

It has been showed that the beggars are not independent but are instead a part of a very dense network of criminals called the Beggar Mafia. The states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, New Delhi and Orissa are having the most severe problem with organized begging and abduction of children in India.  “Beggar Mafia” is spreading at a dreadful rate. It’s high time we raise our voice against it. Let’s join together for a better world where the dear ones on the streets will live out their lives worthily.

 

Street Youths

Street youths are generally understood to be young individuals who do not have a permanent place to call home, and who instead, spend significant amount of time/energy on the street. The majority of street youth trade difficult lives at home for a difficult life on the street. Many come from disrupted and dysfunctional families in which poverty, divorce, domestic violence, parental drug abuse and criminality is commonplace. High rates of physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect are found in the backgrounds of many street youth and for most, running away (or being thrown out) is an escape from such environments. Additionally, a substantial proportion of homeless youths end up on the streets upon discharge or running from child protection services and exiting the criminal justice system. Many of these end up in immoral life, becomes members of robbery or smuggling gangs and some others give in their lives to HIV/AIDS. Evangelashram looks forward to bring hope to these perishing ones.

 

Old aged

People are abandoned by their own spouses, children, and grandchildren. After receiving all the properties and all the other financial benefits, they discard them on the streets. Sometimes children drop them in government hospitals, give them wrong address and never come to take them back. Even grandchildren drive out old grandparents from the homes with the indirect approval of their parents. And other times the aged ones are left in front of some charitable organizations; or at the bus stations, or send them by train to unknown destinations and thus the children make sure they don’t come back home. Usually these things happen with people who do not know languages other than their mother tongue, or with people who have incurable difficulties like dementia, schizophrenia or alzheimer. These people wander aimlessly till their death.  They suffer under the scorching sun, get drenched under the mighty rain and bear the choking dew. But in one sense it is good that their lives are sustained though thrown on the streets rather than being killed by injections, drugs, high doze medicines or sleeping pills etc… Evangelashram aims to give comfort to these dear ones in their helplessness.

 

Eunuchs

India has almost one million Eunuchs. They are one among the largely ignored communities. The term eunuch – hijra – that we commonly use to mean a ‘sexless’ person has been defined in the dictionary as a castrated man. Most of them identify with the female sex and have worked as prostitutes at one time or another. They live on the outer fringes of society, ostracized and excluded from decent job opportunities and reduced to begging at traffic junctions and so they end up in prostitution. Because of their indiscriminate sexual lives, they are possible carriers of the HIV AIDS. Hijras face severe harassment, discrimination and are not allowed to have any organized source of income. Their citizenship rights also have been denied by the government.
The birth of eunuchs cannot be avoided. Sometimes boys are trafficked for prostitution and they are castrated.  Their birth is a deviation of the natural reproduction process but they are discarded as undesirable by unfortunate parents who fail to discharge their duty. Such parents need to be properly educated and suitable deterrents implemented to prevent them from abandoning a eunuch child.
Bible:

“For the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which shall not be cut off.”

“For there are eunuchs, who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.” These people, who have made themselves as eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven, work hard to uplift the status of the eunuchs. Evangelashram focuses on this ostracized group too.

 

Deformed People

There are many people in India and around the world who are deformed in appearance. They live their lives as though they are never born. People can become deformed by birth, which would be because of a genetic abnormality or inbreeding, from surgeries, car accident, burn victims simply because the fire burnt there face, stroke, and ear infection can go to your brain and make your face deformed.

Some of them are abandoned in the streets, hospitals and orphanages.  Some of them are used by their own parents for begging as they don’t have any other means to bring them up or provide their basic needs.  But some parents go through struggles and pain to take care of their deformed children. The begging mafia searches out for such children and drop them in different cities in vehicles to beg with the permission of their parents.

But we believe life in any condition is precious and so we want to ease the pain of these dear ones by taking care of them.

 

Lepers

Leprosy is today curable and it is far less infectious than once believed — 95 percent of people are immune and it cannot be transmitted by casual contact, as many people fear. Though its complete eradication is considered to be medically impossible, India officially “eliminated” the disease in 2005. But the country still has more than a thousand leper colonies. It is only because of the ignorance about the disease. Feelings of alienation strain the relationships between parents and children, who depend on their parents' government stipends and income from begging for survival, but also resent the social stigma that comes along with that money. Evangelashram will rehabilitate the chronic patients and will help the already healed ones for starting some cottage industries. We also plan out projects to bring them into the forefront of the society by providing them educational and employment opportunities.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 May 2012 10:36

 

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