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1 Pichkari Each child is special and deserves a chance…

2 The Hindi word pichkari refers to a water- gun which forms an integral part of the celebration of Holi, the Indian festival of colours. Taking a cue from this, we named our project as pichkari- the one that infuses sprinkles of colour to the lives it embraces. Since its inception early this year, we have been actively reaching out to the erstwhile street children of Delhi who are staying in the government-run shelters… What prompted us !? Read on…

3 The hard facts, the hard truth…

4 The National capital Delhi is home to over 50,000 street children. About 50.5 per cent of the street children are not literate. The study-done between July 12 and August 28, 2010 has revealed that one out of every five (20.3 per cent) of the street children was involved in rag picking followed by street vending (15.18 per cent), begging (15 per cent), working on road side repair shops (12.19 per cent), dhabas/hotels (6.24 per cent) and those employed in manufacturing units comprise a mere 1.22 per cent. According to the national daily, the Hindu dated April 29, 2011:

5 Employers force these children to work for long hours without food for abysmally low wages as they are not aware of their rights. Boys and girls on the street are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse by strangers, adult street dwellers and at times, by the police too. Using the census as the listing exercise, a sample survey of street children was done to understand their living conditions: 39 per cent of the street children slept in slums, 46 per cent in open or public places and only four per cent slept in shelters provided by non-governmental organizations, or the government. Nearly 22 per cent of those surveyed said they used drugs, largely tobacco and pan masala.

6 So, we, at Pichkari…

7 … strive to draw support from young adult professionals and volunteers and organize workshops for these children which enables and empowers them into experimenting with new forms of creation. Supported by Delhi Tourism, trips to various arts and crafts bazaars and festivals are also undertaken… Last month, ahead of the festive season, these children enjoyed the sessions that revolved around pottery making. And, it gives us immense pleasure to share the news that their potteryware is being showcased in the ongoing Diwali Mela (fair) at Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi...

8 The response at the university has been overwhelming and we have been invited to put-up stalls in Christmas Fund Raiser Program at the grounds of India Gate next month. A glimpse into their world… Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere…

9 With the festive fervour in the air, we have been primarily making pottery for decorative purposes. But, on special requests, we also take orders for potteryware for domestic use. Have further questions? Write to us on: What can you do? This festive season, make a difference.

10 Each child is special and deserves a chance…


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