Mainstreaming Street Children
To bring meaning in the lives of street children by providing various needs-based services to develop their inherent talent and re-integrate them back to society.
To enable street children access their child rights: survival, education, participation, development. To empower them to become contributing members of society.
In the year 2003 some girl children visiting the Aasara Kurla Day Care Centre were in need of a shelter. Some of them were alone and the other were with a single parent. Looking at their plight and the vulnerable situation being girls on the street and open to sexual abuse, Aasara accommodated 4 of the most needy in a room near the boys shelter home at Digha, Navi Mumbai. Slowly there were a growing number of girls in need of a shelter and the rented room was not enough. Fr. Joseph D’Gama, the Founder Director, began looking for sponsors to fund an alternate location. After visiting many places in Thane, and Thane to Karjat, finally chose Neral location since it suited the budget. After the formalities of acquiring the land and construction, a 2 storey ‘home’ was built. In between the construction time, the girls were shifted from Digha to rented rooms in Neral to get accustomed to the new surrounding and start their schooling.
In November of 2005 the new home ‘Suraksha’ was ready to move in and was formally inaugurated on the 30th of November, the annual day of Aasara.