In March 2022 Saffi was introduced to Taabar based in Jaipur, India, an NGO providing care for victims of child trafficking. So impressed by the level of care exercised, Saffi committed to donate annually to the running of the care home. Saffi funding to date £22,000.
This is an extract from their website www.taabar.org :
In 2006, a project was initiated to offer children who were living at railway stations, shelter, awareness of HIV/AIDS and treatment for STI. A temporary flat was rented and initially a start was made with five children, and gradually the number of children has increased. In the beginning, due to lack of resources, we were just providing meals and giving a few hours of education and entertainment. As we were not able to provided for night stay our hearts cried when we had to send the children back to the station to spend the night there, with the risk that they might fall into the wrong hands and get involved in prostitution, drug addiction and trafficking (which usually happens). We thus approached the government and Jaipur Municipal Corporation. Impressed by our work they provided us with a hall, near Jaipur railway station where children could spend a night. This space (a second hall) is called Bal Basera shelter home and it provides immediate shelter to the vulnerable children along with the basic necessities of life so that they are provided opportunities for healthy growth and development.
Bal-Basera, a transit home, run by TAABAR (a non-profit and non-governmental organization working on the issues of child rights and strengthening child protection system in Rajasthan through its various programs since 2006) is one of its project where 24X7 services are provided to the children in need of care and protection. With a capacity to accommodate 50 residents at a time. Children who are marginalized due to poverty, dysfunctional families, lack of education, bonded labour, abused or live in entirely intolerable conditions Bal-Basera provides all necessary assistance and facilities to them.
Children (boys) under the age of 18 despite their caste and religion are admitted here after the permission of Child Welfare Committee (CWC). Children stay here for maximum period of 4 months. Our work is focused on restoration of the children in their families and implementation of Juvenile.
Justice (Care & Protection Act) 2000 in Institutional services.
Following services are being provided to the children in need of care and protection:-
# To provide care and protection to children in need.
# To preserve, protect and advocate their childhood rights at state, national and international level.
# To bring children in need back into the life and mainstream of society by providing them with life’s basic necessities.
# To make society aware of the need to help protect this vulnerable group from risk.
# Networking and liaison with government departments and child rights champions for the same cause.
# To provide rehabilitation and referral services for children in special need.
# To create public awareness about the problems and needs of children in distress.