Lost Childhoods Fund

Aim of the Fund

This is the first of a series of funds that aim to help us achieve our second strategic aim, to enable especially vulnerable people living anywhere in India to improve their lives.

Lost Childhoods is concerned with the many thousands of children and young people who run away from home and gravitate towards railways, where they are vulnerable to many forms of exploitation, trafficking, drugs and crime. It is a huge social phenomenon in India – we all see it every time we use the railways – and yet it is poorly understood and little is done to support these young people.

By the end of the next five years, we aim to be supporting a portfolio of at least five to seven partners working with children who live on and around the railways. We will also fund work in research, networking and policy advocacy.