‘Restoration’ – THE REPATRIATION PROGRAMME
Outreach workers and counsellors contact newly arrived children at the railway stations and bus stands. They track the runaway children who are missing, tricked and brought to the city. After identification and counselling, the children are given transit support and prepared for return to their homes. If children are not ready to return they are referred to Bal Basera transit home or other services that may be required for that particular child. All interventions are based on the specific situation and need of each child.
The child’s opinion is given paramount importance in the rehabilitation process. The chances of rehabilitation of these children are very high if it is done within a week of their entry into the city, otherwise they get drawn into the cycle of abuse and exploitation. TAABAR makes every effort to repatriate and reunite them.
Between January 2008 and June 2009 110 children were repatriated or rescued from different places in India and Rajasthan (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Rajasthan, Goa, Assam and Nepal).