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WHO WE ARE

Need Base India (A foundation for Child Care and Development) is a non-profit organization started in Dec 2009 with the intention to work towards addressing the basic and fundamental rights of child care, protection, health and education for children living on streets, runaway children, orphans, children out of school or children under challenging situations.

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Although there are sufficient laws in the Indian Constitution’s tenets to safeguard fundamental rights of children in areas of care, protection, health and education, the Indian embassy has estimated there are 3,14,700 street children in cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Kanpur, Bangalore & Hyderabad. There are varying estimates emerging from multiple studies done by different agencies.

The Republic of India is the seventh largest and second-most populated country in the world. Due to the acceleration in economic growth, an economic rift has appeared, with just over 32% of the population living below the poverty line. Owing to unemployment, increasing rural-urban migration, the attraction of city life and a lack of political will, India has developed one of the largest child labour forces in the world.

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Because of a lack of permanent shelter and the fact that the number of street children is not recorded in any national survey or study, street children are often called the ‘invisible children’. Being invisible, they are at a higher risk of being abused, exploited and neglected.

The issue of street children is largely considered to be an urban problem, who live and sleep on the streets in urban areas. They are on their own and do not have any parental supervision. Children are most vulnerable as they are easy victims of abuse and inhuman treatment. They are often engaged in petty theft or prostitution for economic survival and spend on drug abuse, gambling, drinking etc.

These children are exposed to high health hazards and unhygienic conditions of living. Having no shelter, they are constantly exposed to environmental conditions of heat, cold and rain. They pose a grave risk of ending up their lives on the street.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 was enacted by the Centre to increase the quality as well as accessibility of elementary education in India, in April 2010. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) is the designated scheme for implementation of the RTE Act.

India has achieved near complete enrolment and enhanced hard & soft infrastructure. Yet, it is estimated that there are more than 11 Lakh children out of school in the country, with more than 1.7 Lakh children out of school or who have never gone to school, in Karnataka itself. In spite of the government providing many facilities/schemes to ensure that all children are able to attend school, there are still children who are not availing these facilities and are not attending schools.

It is not only the government’s responsibility to enroll ensure every child gets education, but also Civil Society Organizations/Individuals should take the initiative to help the Government in reaching out to 1.7 lakh children who are out of school.

The problem statement is huge and cannot be resolved only through the Government machinery. It requires active support and participation from several NGO’s and Civil Society Organizations to address the challenge.

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Need Base India was established with the aim of helping these vulnerable children and operates multiple residential homes for girls and boys within Government School premises in the city of Bangalore.

Rahim Shaik, the founder of Need Base India, has been working in the areas of child care and protection for more than 15 years now. As a member of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) at Bangalore between 2007 and 2010, he has been exposed to the challenging circumstances under which children tend to live on the streets. He was nominated by the Department of Women and Child, Karnataka State.

With more than a decade’s experience of managing projects at Sathi, an NGO working towards rescuing and rehabilitating runaway children, Rahim had a strong orientation towards the issues faced by children much before getting nominated as a member of the Child Welfare Committee. The stint at CWC gave him a better understanding and knowledge of using the existing legal and regulatory framework to rehabilitate street children.

For instance, why the child is on the street, what are the interventions available to help the street children, why do children drop out from schools and what measures can be taken to prevent this.

Need Base India has been successful in impacting 350 children through its projects ranging from Residential homes to digital literacy classes offered to underprivileged children from varying backgrounds.

To stand for ‘Child Rights’ and guarantee that every child gets a ‘Happy Childhood’, thus enabling children to become responsible citizens.

To provide care, protection, love and affection to children without parental care, and empower them through education and give them all sources of exposure & opportunities to perform their best and lead a happy childhood.

Zehra

Mrs. Zehrunissa

President
Basavaraj

Mr. Basvaraj

Treasurer
Rajesh

Mr. Rajesh P Menon

Governing Board Member
Zeba

Ms. Zeba Ahamad

Governing Board Member
Muthulakshmi

Ms. Muthulakshmi

Governing Board Member
RAHIM

Mr. Rahim

Secretary