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Salaam Balaak Trust - Street Walks of Delhi

The Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) is an Indian non-profit and non-governmental organization, established in 1988 with the proceeds from the film "Salaam Bombay!" (1988) made on street children by noted film director, Mira Nair. The Trust provides support for street and working children in inner cities of New Delhi, and Mumbai, this includes providing education, basic literacy and schooling, full care facilities for the young (up to 12 years), drop-in shelters for older children, health care and counselling in HIV/AIDS and TB awareness.

 

Today SBT runs, five 24-hour full care shelters for children, with one devoted to girl children, (Arushi), in Mumbai, Delhi and Bhubaneshwar; five outreach contact points mostly near railway stations and a 24-hour toll-free helpline service, catering to children in distress all over India, in all looking after 5,000 children every year. It is also a project 'H71 partner NGO' of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which whom its runs its 'Kishalaya Centre', and awareness programme at YMCA, Mumbai.

 

Today, SBT children, who have been trained in theatre, dance and puppetry, are giving performances all over the world.

 

Since 2007 SBT Delhi is running the Salaam Baalak City Walk - New Delhi, a guided tour through Paharganj and New Delhi Railway Station area. The guides are former street children from the trust. The walk aims to sensitize about street life, street children and Indian society problems. During the walk the guides share their personal story of survival with the participants and show them the contact points and shelter homes SBT provides. The walk also provides an opportunity for the young people to improve their communication and marketing skills. All proceeds go directly to the trust to enable more opportunities to be made for street children so the walk is 100% non-profit making.

 

Milesworth believes in being socially responsible by offering our customers travel experiences that are both enriching and also philanthropic. By supporting the SBT City Walk and including it in our itineraries that cover Delhi, we hope that we are creating a meaningful two-way exchange between the travel philanthropist and the beneficiary: a value-proposition where travellers pay the Trust for a guided street walk that gives them a different perspective of Delhi as a destination, and the money they pay for the walk goes towards supporting the financial needs of the Trus

 

Learn more at  www.salaambaalaktrust.com

Registration of a kid into one of the shelters

 

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Milesworth works actively with several non-profit organisations in bringing travellers to social welfare projects that offer guests unique experiences and insights into India. Our partner organisations use tourism as an effective tool to raise awareness of social and environmental challenges and also raise funds for their causes. As travellers pay for these experiences, philanthropy becomes a fair two-way exchange and has far more lasting impact for donors and recipients.

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