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An Identity for Children Living in Street Sitations

If someone asks you who you are, you will probably have 3-4 identity cards resting in your wallet as a proof of the same. Other than establishing your identity, these cards have helped you over the years to get access to a number of things, from getting an admission in a school to availing benefits of government schemes. But have you ever wondered what life has in store for children who do not have an identity proof?

Six-year-old Devika was missing out on education only because she did not have an identity card. Purnia Railway Station, the slum pocket where she resides with her family in Lucknow has around 200 households, with less than 5% children going to school. Devika’s mother, Rukmani desperately wanted her daughter to receive education, something that she missed while growing up.

Save the Children, through its flagship project on Children in Street Situations, ‘Surviving the Streets in India: The Invisibles’, reached out to children like Devika to provide them an identity. Our project team connected with Devika’s family. In the absence of any address or residence proof, they were facing great difficulty to obtain an Aadhaar Card for the girl.

Our project team worked around the administrative norms and procedures, collected all the details, and submitted them to the authorities. Eventually, Devika was taken for her fingerprint registrations. In a span of few days, her Aadhaar card sent out to her.

A small piece of paper with a unique identity number changed Devika’s life opening a window of opportunities for her. It gave her an identity and helped her get enrolled in the nearby school.

Seeing Devika get dressed every morning to go to school gives her mother a great sense of satisfaction. She now knows that her daughter’s future will not be bleak.

Children like Devika deserve their share of happiness and Save the Children is working relentlessly to ensure that such children are not left behind because of who they are or where they come from.

  • Our programme is being implemented in 4 States and 10 Districts: Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal - Delhi, Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow and Mughalsarai in UP, Mumbai, Pune and Nasik in Maharashtra and Kolkata in West Bengal.
  • 44,808 children have been enrolled for Aadhar and with other legal identity documents such as Birth Certificate, PAN Card, certificate from MP/MLA/Councillor, certificate from Educational Institution and others.
  • 36,588 children have been linked with various government social protection schemes and services such as schools, Anganwadi Centres, Health Centres, vocational training and opening of bank accounts.