HOPE and HIVE (one of our NGO partners) work in partnership to deliver a 24 hour, 7 days a week response unit, compiled of social workers, who respond immediately to those in need. The Unit attends to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, human rights violations and medical needs. The Unit particularly focuses on those most vulnerable throughout Kolkata’s streets, its street dwelling children and women. Where possible and appropriate, the Unit reunites and restore individuals with their families, assists below poverty-line families to access medical care and through strong referral networks, places at-risk individuals into appropriate shelters and homes. The Unit also receives calls from the Kolkata Police and Fire Department, to respond to crises calls throughout the city, particularly road accidents, which are common among street dwellers.
This project involves night rounds for the rescue, placement, restoration and rehabilitation of vulnerable children and adults in some of Kolkata’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged areas; Dharamtala Bus Stand, Dumdum, Hastings, Howrah Bus Stand & Train Station, Moulali, Park Street, Sealdah Train Station and Sudder Street, where ambulances patrol the areas at night. This project also organizes awareness camps, stakeholder meetings and networking with Government officials to unearth and work to solve the root causes of poverty among communities. Finally, this project helps encourage and support children in accessing mainstream education in government schools.
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