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Street children is a growing urban phenomenon – a consequence of the growth in size and complexity of the cities all over the world.The street children is a symptom of a deep and disturbing trend in society.Among all catogories of children in difficult circumstances street children are the most vulnerable group because of the way they are forced to live homeless, roofless, rootless and alienated from the society.It is estimated that Mumbai has arround 1,00,000 street children.
Hamara Club meaning “our club” was established by Prof. Asha Rane as field action project of TISS in July, 1989 in response to the emerging problem of street children in Mumbai.The genesis of this project may be traced to a one- day workshop on “Street Children: Experience of Bombay” organized by Prof.Asha Rane in January 1989.As a follow up action of the recommendations of the workshop this project was launched.Later on, this project became as an independent NGO as “Hamara Foundation”in 2002.
The major issues of street children are lack of access to basic services of shelter ,health care, nutrition, education and training, lack of opportunities for employment and financial assistance for self-employment,harrasment by municipal aouthorities ,city and railway police , lack of societal acceptance and legal status,lack of parental control and supervision due to which victims of street culture of drug abuse,gamblings,drinking , vagrancy ,thieving and prostitution.They are also high risk group of HIV/AIDS.They are denied the rights of survival,protection,development and participation.Considering the plight of street children and understanding their problems and needs the organization thrives to work with them so as to give them a better life. With initition of one contact centre for 50 children in 1989 the organization now provides various services to nearly 500 children through six contact centers in two municipal wards (D & G South) in Mumbai.
Ours is the only street children project with a contact centre enclusively for 100 girls and preschool education programme for 30 underprivilaged children in the age group 3 to 6 years. With launching CHILDLINE (Helpline 1098) support organization in 1996 and CHILDLINE collaborative organization in the premises of Nair Municipal hospital in 2006, the organization provides emergency services to 8 to 10 children in distress every day.
Hamara Foundation is one of the reputable organizations working for the cause of street children which has established linkages with accademic institutions like Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), S.N.D.T. Women’s University and business schools like Nursee Monji Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) and S.P.Jain Institute of Managament Studies (SPJIMS) in Mumbai.It provides good learning experience to students of social work and business manegement.
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Prof. Asha Rane, retired professor in TISS,Mumbai and a renowned Social Scientist is recipient of several awards including Govt. of Maharashtra Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar Award for meritorious and outstanding service in the field of Women and Child Development and Bhaskar Karve Award for outstanding contribution to Social Work Education. Received prize as Content Expert for production of the Film by the EMRC Pune: “Give us back our lost Childhood”.
Prof. Rane is author of two books including “Street Children – A Challenge to the Profession of Social Work” and more than 100 papers on issues related to children in need of care and protection, child labour, child abuse, destitute children, street children, youth, women development, the disabled and adoption.
She has extensively traveled in several countries for participation in seminars, workshops and conferences. Prof. Rane was invited by the Department of Social Work, University of Missouri, U.S.A. under the visiting International Scholar Programme in 1990.
She is currently working on State Level Committee on the Juvenile Justice Act 2000, and Board of Control under supervision and Control of Orphanages and Charitable Institutions Act, 1960.She is the member of Secretary of the Adoption Coordinating Agency (ACA), Mumbai.
Currently, Prof. Rane is the Managing Trustee of Hamara Foundation, to which she gave birth and nurtured it like her own child for the last 20 years.She is offering her expertise and time purely honorary.
Emphasis of Work
Prevention / Prosecution / Protection / Empowerment
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The emphasis of work is on reaching out children on the streets of Mumbai and providing them with need based services of health care, nutrition, education (formal and non-formal),skills training,recreation and counselling.The thrust of the activities of the organization is development and empowerment of vulnerable and marginalized children in Child Rights Perspective.
The organization believes that no child should live in the street and that every child has an inherent right to dignity and respect. It works toward creating an environment in which every child enjoys rights to survival, development, protection and participation and a happy childhood.
Creation of public awareness and advocacy on issues of street children, child labour, child rights; and girl child is one of the important areas of work of the organization. Several groups like women’s group, youth groups, school teachers, and functionaries of general hospitals, police and community at large are sensitalized through, street plays, posters, audio visuals and group discussions.