Protsahan seeks to reduce and help to eliminate the number of children living on the streets and in the slums. A large amount of slum children are those who migrate with their families from rural to urban areas in search of livelihoods. Most slum families do not seek or have access to family planning methods, which usually results in many children per household. These families sometimes see excess children as a financial boon (more workers per household, hence more income) but instead this always works to the downfall of the economics of the household and the society. These children are often neglected and abused, or worse, sold into services such as domestic servitude, prostitution or child labour.
Street children are sometimes abandoned by their families or have run away from abuse or exploitation, only to find themselves homeless and in more difficult circumstances. Deprived of material and familial security, these children may turn to drugs, prostitution, rag picking, child labour and other unhealthy pursuits in order to survive.
Protsahan works directly with the children of the slums and streets to provide them respite from their conditions. We provide educational training, guidance and counselling, empathy, which has resulted in a large number of our children being able to enter government schools and to also develop vocational skills. We hope to continue to provide a safe haven for our children and help to improve their lives.