ERIC Number: ED359121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Study on Indian Destitutes: Aspects of the Lives of Destitute Children and Women in Orissa, India. Reprints and Miniprints No. 759.
Hagman, Karin; Karlsson, Nina
There are many reasons for the large number of abandoned children in India. The children can be unwanted (mostly girls), illegitimate, or orphans due to diseases. The children have to be taken care of one way or the other. This study shows that there are different solutions to this problem, including orphanages both government and nongovernmental. Not all orphaned or abandoned children live in orphanages; many live in the streets. To reach the street children is not easy but it can be done employing the Ruchika model (e.g., starting railway platform schools, non-formal education centers, and day care centers). Some children are adopted from the orphanages; in-country adoption seems to be the best. The most successful orphanages visited were the SOS villages and the Shelter in Cuttack. However, the SOS villages refused to take care of handicapped children and the Shelter took care only of Christian children. More institutions are needed where the children can lead worthwhile lives and become educated so they can support themselves later in life. What has to be changed is society's attitude toward children growing up in the institutions. Until these goals are reached there will always be people living under harsh conditions. (Author/LBG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lund Univ., Malmo (Sweden). Dept. of Educational and Psychological Research.
Identifiers - Location: India