Salesians open new child rescue booth at Bangalore railway station
BOSCO has been rescuing and rehabilitating street and runaway children since 1980 and has led to the rescue and rehabilitation of more than two lakh children and youths.
BOSCO, a voluntary organization of Salesians in Bangalore, has opened a new child assistance centre on July 9 in a rent-free space provided by the Indian Railways on platform number 4 of Bangalore City railway station.
BOSCO had been operating an assistance centre since 1998 on platform number 2, having taken it on rent from the railways. With several years of advocacy with the Railway Ministry and the Karnataka state Department of Women and Child Development, the railways have now come forward to provide a rent-free space on platform No. 4.
It is estimated that about 50 to 60 runaway children arrive daily in the city of Bangalore, mostly at the railway station and bus station. From June 2013 to May 2014, the organization rescued 3987 children, 3585 boys and 402 girls, from the Bangalore city railway station.
“BOSCO has been doing wonderful works for the past three decades. The type and nature of work they do is overwhelming and heart touching. Preventing street children from going into wrong hands is the incredible work that BOSCO has initiated,” said Anil Kumar Agarwal, Divisional Manager of Southern-Western Railways, while inaugurating the child assistance centre.
Umesh Aradya, Chairperson State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, several important officers of the Indian Railways and officials and activists involved in the protection of minors were present.
“It is the passion, love and commitment for protecting the lives and rights of the children that motivates BOSCO to do this gritty job,” said Father George P.S, Executive Director of BOSCO recollecting the child-centric, community empowering programme that the NGO has been doing over the past 33 years.
BOSCO has been rescuing and rehabilitating street and runaway children since 1980. Its presence in the station and bus stands has led to the rescue and rehabilitation of more than two lakh children and youths. In the last five years, BOSCO has intervened in the life of more than 20000 children from the railway station alone.
BOSCO has placed 12 full time staff members and several volunteers at the city railway station round the clock on a shift basis, to rescue and rehabilitate the children as soon they land in the city. The rescue booth has place for providing food, clothing, first aid and medicines to the rescued children, as well as bathing facilities and recreational programs. Tracking of rescued children`s families, and counselling the children also take place there.
Source: Radio Vatican