Street children in New Delhi work in a number of jobs; from begging and rag-picking to shoe-shining and trinket-selling
Working on the streets means they do not have the time or support to go to school and therefore grow up without an education. Currently 50% of street and working children in New Delhi are illiterate. Education is the single most effective way of breaking the cycle of poverty that street and working children in India experience. A John Lewis Foundation programme working with Toybox aims to:
Improve parental understanding on the importance of education and sending their children to school.
Enrol 500 street and working children in New Delhi into formal education and demonstrating active attendance.
Create visible change in the current preconceptions held by teachers, pupils and authorities about street and working children.