Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
87Trip End Aug 20, 2007
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Laidl is a home and vocational centre set up by the i-India charity for street children in the city of Jaipur. Many of the children have been abused at home and run away to live on the streets and railway stations. The situation worsens as they become involved in child labour, prostitution and drugs, and the abuse continues
We visited 2 centres and the girls and boys we met were making jewellery and other crafts. It was easy to see the difference in attitude and behaviour between the children who had been there for a long period compared to the street children who visit for only a few hours (homes are full so it is not possible for them all to live there). It was saddening to hear a lot of their stories but very moving to see the progress that they have made, not to mention the laughs and friendships they now have and smiles on their faces - they all love to have their photos taken!