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SPARSHA TRUST

Children Coverage Detail

Year Female Male Total
2009-10 28 21 49
2010-11 115 96 211
2011-12 50 156 206
2012-13 150 231 381
2013-14 108  181 289
2014-15 99 127 226

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Apta Mitra – a centre for destitute street people

Due to the changes in the socio-economic conditions in villages, there is an increased migration of people towards cities. There is also a social churn in the urban communities in which the seniors, the children and the physically-challenged citizens are not being taken care of and are left on the side. These people from urban poor families, who do not get family care and societal support, become beggars, rag-pickers, street vendors etc. They become addicted to drugs, or exploited and evolve on the fringe of society. They don’t get access to the basic amenities and are forced to live in inhuman conditions. According to the BBMP survey done in November 2010, there are more than 3000 urban homeless in the city, and according to the civil society survey done in April 2009, more than 17000 homeless have been identified in the streets.

The Supreme Court of India in its recent judgment has declared that there needs to exist at least one centre for homeless people per 100,000 persons. A synergy was necessary between local NGOs, civil society and government to implement this order of the Supreme Court. With this as a background, BBMP has proposed to create open centres for Urban Homeless in Bangalore. Sparsha has then created in 2011 one centre to provide night supper, accommodation, health care counselling and placement to urban homeless, people sleeping in the streets, beggars and elder people. This centre is in Murphy Town in Bangalore and takes care of 50 senior citizens and children.

Centre of Activity:
- Apta Mitra, BBMP building, Murphy Town, Halasuru, Bangalore.