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Shelter from the Street

By on June 08, 2017
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Shelter from the Street

Care & Compassion in Santa Cruz, North Goa offers hope for the future to destitute children by meeting their basic and educational needs

Their eyes stay transfixed at the traffic signal. As soon as it beams a bright red, they scoop up their grubby cloth bags stuffed with treasure from trash cans and scamper across the road on tiny bare feet. They tap on windows of halted cars, guilty of nothing but wanting to earn that easy buck. These children with no name, know no relationship and live with a feeling of constant insecurity, often taking shelter from trees and sleeping on pavements, no place to call their home.

Homelessness is a growing phenomenon and has a profound impact on India, a country with one of the highest populations under 25. While a majority of the country turns a blind eye to street children, one couple decided to do something. Care and Compassion, a non-government organisation, was started by Prince Aaron Golden and his wife Sujatha Prince in 2002 with trustee Dr Toshepu who owns a dental clinic in Calangute. 

Two reasons drove them towards starting this home. Golden recalled, “It all began when we came across a five-year-old boy eating from a garbage bin in Porvorim.” The couple also had no children of their own, which pushed them to help orphans and destitute youngsters in need of support. Soon they got their home registered and brought in their first child in March 2003. 

Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.
Viva Goa magazine is now on stands. Available at all major book stalls and supermarkets in Goa.

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